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facts of life

Glenna Goodacre (1939-2020)

Facts of Life, 1996


Cast bronze, ed#10/15

Gift of Mary and Henri de Compiegne


Questions to consider when visiting Glenna Goodacre’s sculpture Facts of Life:


  • Who are the children in the sculpture?  How are they related to each other?

  • Who is talking and who is listening?

  • What do you think they are talking about?

  • What do facial expressions and body language tell you about the personalities of each of the children in the sculpture?

  • If you were to sit next to the children in this sculpture, what would they say to you?


Glenna Goodacre was born in Lubbock, Texas.  Perhaps best known for her Southwestern Native American subjects and children she says, “I was always drawing -- and always people.  All my friends would be drawing horses and animals, and I always drew people.  I did my first painting when I was ten or eleven.”  Faces and figures continue to be her preferred subjects, but she has shifted emphasis in her career from drawing and painting to sculpture.


Glenna Goodacre’s most well known sculpture is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial located in the Constitutional Garden, Washington DC.

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