Glenna Goodacre
American Bronze Sculptor


Goodacre Biography (1, 2)

GLENNA GOODACRE Glenna Goodacre...considered by many to be "America's Sculptor,"
is internationally renowned for her large-scale bronze figurative sculptures. Goodacre is credited with creating more than 500 sculptures thus far in her career. Galleria Silecchia is honored to present a major exhibition of her works. We invite you to experience her sculpture.

Though her career as an artist spans more than forty years, Glenna Goodacre's inspiration to sculpt began when she was thirty years old. Today her works are widely exhibited and displayed in public, national, international, municipal, corporate and private collections in more than forty countries.

Her public sculptures in America can be viewed in more than 25 of our United States. Some of her most significant commissions include the life-size bronze of President Ronald Reagan on view at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Her portrait commissions include General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Greer Garson, Katherine Anne Porter and Scott Joplin.

And, on Veteran's Day, November 11, 1993, Goodacre's significant piece touched the lives of millions with the unveiling of the "VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL." Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, her sculpture, in both its design and breadth, honors and pays tribute to the eleven thousand American women who served in the military during the Vietnam War. The bronze maquette (small model) of the Vietnam Women Veterans Memorial is available at Galleria Silecchia.
Goodacre was commissioned to create "THE IRISH FAMINE MEMORIAL" for the City of Philadelphia having been selected from a competitive group of more than 100 international artists. The Irish Famine Memorial, a part of the 150th Anniversary of "The Great Hunger" in Ireland, features over 25 engaging life-size figures. This narrative sculpture is a dynamic arc of movement representingthe process of immigration from famine in Ireland to hope in America. Goodacre's largest work to date, measures 12 feet high, 30 feet long and 14 feet wide; the east end depicts the lowest, blackest days, the very depths of the misery of starvation while, in contrast, the higher tilting west end portrays the figures arriving in America with hope and anticipation.

This important artistic and historical monument for Philadelphia was installed in October 2002 in the historic Penn's Landing district overlooking the Delaware River where many Irish immigrants disembarked when they came to Philadelphia. The bronze maquette of the Irish Famine Memorial is on view at Galleria Silecchia as are numerous studies of the life-size figures.

Glenna Goodacre's work captures an essence of humanity that reaches out, touches us and draws us to it. "People can walk up and touch it," she says. "They want to look in the eyes. They want to think about it or smile."

"...To make art well is to raise life to its highest level and to live it at its best. For me, art is a means of satisfying both the imaginative and practical demand of life--both the form and the content must be right. Sculpture gives me a means of reaching a personal goal that exists just beyond the limits of my experience. It is a form of perfection that resides outside my power of attainment.

I have always preferred a realistic, academic and classical approach to sculpture, and have been totally absorbed with the figure and the head. This attitude has never varied. With the passing of time and the new experiences of each piece, I find myself more conscious of the representation of emotion with body language and facial expression. Guided by this concept, I am becoming less involved with detail and more conscious of composition, texture and design.

My success as a sculptor was not without difficulties, but every situation provided a learning opportunity. At the age of nineteen, I allowed a college sculpture professor to convince me that I should never attempt to make sculpture. That instructor insisted I could not see three-dimensional form and gave me an unsatisfactory grade for my efforts. In retrospect, I prefer to think that the ten years after that clash gave extra time to draw and learn basic figure proportions and anatomy.

As for the next twenty-five years, I can not see myself "retiring." I intend to make more sculpture and to grow with each piece realizing the wisdom gained by experience. I hope to spend more time on each piece, but I do not foresee a change in direction. I'll always enjoy sculpting children, different ethnic types, and designing interesting monuments. Accepting new challenges, stretching new ideas, doing only the work that excites me--that is my future. I am looking forward to the next twenty-five years." —
Glenna Goodacre

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