Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Glenna Goodacre's Fingerprints Are All over Her Work

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Glenna Goodacre's Fingerprints Are All over Her Work

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Her bronze sculptures catch time by the hand, creating a lifelike warmth from cold metal. They start out a lump of clay and her talented hands.

"Bronze is a great medium, very immediate but very forgiving," she says. "Fingerprints from the clay are preserved in bronze, plus the texture."

Dubbed "America's Sculptor," Goodacre's fingers are behind such well-known works as the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the Sacagawea dollar coin, and gigantic pieces like the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia.

"Big pieces are a lot of fun but a lot of work; hundreds, sometimes thousands of pounds of clay to move around. Then to see the pieces outdoors with lots of people around them is very rewarding," she says. "If I want to realize an idea quickly, I make little pieces, and then I may or may not enlarge them."

One smaller piece--actually a scale model of a life-size figure--recently found a home at Phi Kappa Phi headquarters. The C.E.O. is a striding woman based on Glenna Goodacre's daughter, model Jill Goodacre, and part of a larger piece called Sidewalk Society. Phi Kappa Phi's headquarters board room has a wall of bookshelves dedicated to the Society's authors, and Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd thought a sculpture from Goodacre, a life member initiated into the Society at Texas Tech University, would be an exceptional addition.

"When the opportunity to acquire The C.E.O. presented itself, we eagerly followed through, and are thrilled to now have an original Goodacre grace our offices," Todd said. …

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