Glenna Goodacre

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Glenna Maxey Goodacre
Born 1939 (age 76–77)
Lubbock, Lubbock County
Texas, USA
Alma mater

Monterey High School

Colorado College

Sculptor of:
Vietnam Women's Memorial

Portraits of Stephen F. Austin, Dan Blocker, and Ronald W. Reagan

(1) William Goodacre

(2) C. L. "Mike" Schmidt

Jill Goodacre

Son-in-law Harry Connick, Jr.
Parent(s) Mr. and Mrs. Homer Glen Maxey

Glenna Maxey Goodacre (born 1939 in Lubbock, Texas) is a sculptor well known for having designed the obverse of the Sacagawea dollar that entered circulation in the United States in 2000. She also designed the Vietnam Women's Memorial located in Washington, D.C., of which there is a smaller replica at Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire, New Mexico. She is the mother of 1980s supermodel Jill Goodacre.

Goodacre's father, Homer Glen Maxey, who died in July 1990, was a prominent Lubbock builder, developer and civic leader. A graduate of Texas Tech University in 1931, he was the first president of the Red Raiders Club. He served on the Lubbock City Council from 1956 to 1960.[1] A 100-acre (0.40 km2) city park bears the name of Homer Maxey's father, James Barney Maxey (1881–1953), who was hence Glenna Goodacre's paternal grandfather. James Maxey was also a prodigious builder and civic leader in Lubbock and the South Plains.[2][3]


Goodacre is honored by the naming of a downtown Lubbock street which extends from the Jones AT&T Stadium at University Avenue to the east.

Goodacre's art appears in public, private, municipal and museum collections throughout the U.S. Her bronze sculptures feature lively expression and texture. Goodacre graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock. She then completed studies at Colorado College and classes at the Art Students League in New York. She became a successful Texas painter, but for the last thirty years she has concentrated mainly on sculpture. She has simultaneously been an active wife, mother, and grandmother.

Goodacre was a lifelong visitor to New Mexico and began residing there in 1983. She and her husband, attorney C.L. "Mike" Schmidt, have homes in Santa Fe and Pecos, New Mexico.

Her most well-known work is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial installed in Washington, D.C. in 1993. Goodacre was selected in 1997 as sculptor for the monumental Irish Memorial in Philadelphia. Completed and installed at Penn’s Landing in 2003, the massive bronze is her most ambitious public sculpture—with 35 life-size figures. In 1998, her 8-foot (2.4 m) standing portrait of Ronald W. Reagan was unveiled at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Another cast is at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. After a nationwide competition for a Sacagawea dollar coin design in 1999, Goodacre’s rendering for the face was unveiled at the White House by then First Lady Hillary Clinton.

In 2004, her heroic bronze portrait of legendary West Point Coach Colonel Earl "Red" Blaik was dedicated at the National College Football Hall Of Fame. In 2004, she also designed the Children’s Medal of Honor awarded to then First Lady Laura Bush in Dallas by the Greater Texas Community Partners.

An academician of the National Academy of Design and a fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Goodacre has won many awards at their exhibitions in New York. Goodacre has received honorary doctorates from Colorado College, her alma mater, and Texas Tech University in her hometown of Lubbock. In 2002, Goodacre's work won the James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award at the Prix De West Exhibition. In 2003, she received the Texas Medal Of Arts and later that year was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in the Fort Worth historic district.

Goodacre was inducted in 1997 into the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock.

In 1997, Goodacre was inducted into the West Texas Walk of Fame in Lubbock. Eleven years later, Goodacre was named the 2008 "Notable New Mexican". This honor, bestowed by the Albuquerque Art and History Museum’s Foundation, celebrates extraordinary, living New Mexicans who contribute significantly to the public good. A portrait of Goodacre by the artist Daniel Greene is in the permanent collection of the Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In 2005, the former 8th Avenue in Lubbock was named Glenna Goodacre Boulevard, and in Santa Fe at the State Capitol, then Governor Bill Richardson presented Goodacre with the New Mexico Governor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts. In 2006, Richardson appointed Goodacre to the State Quarter Design Committee to develop a U.S. quarter coin representing New Mexico.

A retrospective of Goodacre's work was presented on September 25, 2009, at Nedra Matteucci Galleries in Santa Fe.[4]

Injury and recovery[edit]

In March 2007, while in Santa Fe, Goodacre suffered a fall and head injury. After initially being taken to St. Vincent's Hosptil in Santa Fe Goodacre was transferred to the Craig Hospital brain trauma center in Englewood, Colorado, after a fall injury sent her into a coma on March 13, 2007. An MRI disclosed that Goodacre had a massive head injury. Goodacre's husband told reporters, "We don't know if Glenna fainted and fell, or had a mini-stroke and fell." Schmidt reported on April 9, 2007, that his wife had made major progress in the preceding three days. While otherwise bedridden, she was able to stand briefly with assistance and could utter the words "yes" and "okay." In August 2007, she returned home from the hospital to resume her normal activities with her family, friends, and two poodles. She makes daily visits to her studio, which is located near her home.

On January 18, 2008, Goodacre was well enough to unveil her new sculpture "Crossing the Prairie" at the St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. She is reported to have recovered very well but had lingering problems with concentration because of aphasia.[5]

Selected portraiture[edit]

Selected public monuments[edit]


  1. ^ "Civic Leader Homer Maxey Dies at 79", Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, July 20, 1990
  2. ^ Builder, son, minister had lasting effects | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
  3. ^ J.B. Maxey (1881 - 1953) - Find A Grave Memorial
  4. ^ "Nedra Matteucci Galleries - Glenna Goodacre, Master Sculptor". 2009-10-17. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  5. ^®. "News: Top News, Business News, Company News". Retrieved 2012-12-19. 


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