brings life to bronze
Express Arts Editor
by the Kneeland Gallery in Ketchum, one might do a double-take at a women
stretching in the snow. She is, in fact, made of bronze—a new addition
to the wealth of sculpture about town.
“Park Place” by Glenna Goodacre.
is the work of Glenna Goodacre, a new member to the stable of fine artists
associated with Ketchum galleries.
a sculptor of national prominence, perhaps best known for her creation of
the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project on the Mall in Washington, D.C. She
also designed the new gold dollar coin featuring the image of Sacagawea—the
Shoshone interpreter and guide for the Lewis and Clark Expedition from
1804 to 1806.
latest and biggest project is to create the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia
to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish famine. The
work is to be 12 feet high, 25 feet long, 12 feet wide and includes 25
life-size figures. It will be installed in a park in the Penn’s Landing
district of Philadelphia in the spring of 2002.
has created more than 40 bronze portraits held in public collections,
including those of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Katherine Anne
Porter and Scott Joplin.
A native of
Lubbock, Texas, Goodacre went to Colorado College, where she majored in
art. Her art career, however, was put on hold while she married and raised
children. When the children were 3 and 4 years old, she got back on track
and attended the Art Students League in New York. In an interview last
year for the publication Art of the West, Goodacre said, "That was a
turning point for me, to see people actually serious about their
work." Up until then, she had concentrated on painting only.
In 1974 she
moved to Boulder, Colo., and tried her hand at sculpting. Little by little
sculpting took up her energies. Many of her pieces were subsequently
picked up by buyers who had passed on her paintings. Goodacre now shows in
10 galleries nationwide, including Kneeland Gallery in Ketchum.
most of her work at her current studio and home in Santa Fe, N.M.