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Glenna Goodacre
(American, b. 1939)
River Woman, 1989
Bronze, 4/25, 47” x 30”
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David P. O'Neill (95.121)

Pueblo Indian women are a favorite subject of Glenna Goodacre, who is known for her dynamic figural sculpture.  River Woman belongs to a series of compositions featuring water carriers, and is intended to serve as a recirculating wall fountain, with water pouring from one pot to another.  One of twelve life-sized figures made for a two-person exhibition at Santa Fe’s Fenn-Mateucci Gallery in 1989, River Woman is regarded by the artist as being among the most interesting works in the group.  The sculpture was cast in bronze in an edition of 25, of which the Museum’s is number four.

Goodacre was born in Texas and studied at Colorado College and the Art Students League of New York.  Commencing her career as a painter, she made her first sculptures in the late 1960s.  By the mid-1970s, she had turned to sculpture full time, gaining recognition for her portrait and genre work.  In 1983, the artist moved to New Mexico, where she continues to maintain her studio.  A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Goodacre is perhaps best known for her major public monuments, including the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Irish Memorial in Philadelphia.