Glenna Goodacre (American, 1939-2020)
Birth Place: Lubbock, TX USA
Glenna Goodacre Sculpture Values
Who is sculptor Glenna Goodacre?
Glenna Goodacre was an American sculptor, best known for designing the Sacagawea dollar coin that began circulation in 2000. Her art appears in public and private institutions across the US, but her best-known large scale work may be the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington D.C. Her talents at creating expressive faces and “lively features” made her an extremely in-demand artist for many public installations. Some of these include statues at the Reagan Library, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia.
Glenna Goodacre was widely celebrated by the academic art community. She was a teacher at the National Academy of Design and won a fellowship from the National Sculpture Society. She won several awards during her lifetime including the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, a Medal of Arts from the National Cowgirl Museum of Fort Worth, and inclusion in the West Texas Walk of Fame.
What kind of art did Glenna Goodacre make?
Glenna Goodacre made sculptures, most often for public spaces. She worked primarily in bronze, and it was her talent in this medium that brought her much of her acclaim. Goodacre was able to mold her sculptures into true human forms, capturing anguish, joy, and every facial expression in between. This gave her art a timeless feel that transcended genre and period. Her work obviously required an incredible amount of craftsmanship, but it is for the powerful emotional feelings that her sculptures resonate for which she is best known. A true master of her medium, Goodacre was able to create art at the top of her abilities for nearly five decades of work. The quality and breadth of her catalog is virtually unmatched by any other sculptor, living or dead.
How did sculptor Glenna Goodacre get started?
Glenna Goodacre was born on August 28th, 1939 in Lubbock, Texas. Her father was a famous builder and civic leader who led the Lubbock city council from 1956 to 1960. Goodacre herself was a great student, she graduated on-time from Monterey High before going to Colorado College for art classes in the 1960s. She followed this with more art classes from the Art Students League in New York City. She would spend the next few decades working with paint, but a move to New Mexico in 1983 changed her career forever. She made a six-inch bronze of her daughter, which led to a watershed moment -- and a 40-year career as a bronze sculptor. By the end of her career, she would have more than 50 bronze portraits in public collections across the United States.
How much are Glenna Goodacre sculptures worth?
Glenna Goodacre’s sculptures can be worth a few hundred dollars for one of her terracotta pieces, or up to $400,000 or more for major bronze works. Since Goodacre had such a long and prolific career, there is a significant auction history to pull from for her work. The most ever paid for a Glenna Goodacre bronze sculpture is $409,500 for the piece Puddle Jumpers (1989) which sold at auction on April 6th, 2017. It is a perfect representation of what makes Goodacre’s work so special. Several children are featured, jumping over a puddle, their sense of movement, exuberant facial expressions, and sense of joy and wonder are all captured perfectly in bronze, a testament to Goodacre’s skills and artistic eye.
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