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Internationally famed sculptress now on the map - literally

2005 Internationally revered sculptress Glenna Goodacre on Friday morning officially joined award-winning singer-songwriter Mac Davis with a Lubbock street renamed in her honor.

Eighth Street between University Avenue and Avenue Q now is Glenna Goodacre Boulevard.

Nearby is Mac Davis Lane, formerly Sixth Street.

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Even more streets in the same area could be renamed after Lubbock natives who shine a favorable light on the city, according to Mayor Marc McDougal.

Goodacre credited a group of Lubbock women with making the push for a Lubbock street to be named after her.

"Jane Henry, Margaret Talkington and Louise Underwood just got a bee in their bonnet," she said, "and thought this was something I deserved."

Goodacre is considered one of America's finest sculptors. She said that she is proudest of sculpting the Vietnam Women's Memorial, installed on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in 1993.

In 2000, her rendering of Sacajawea, the Native American interpreter for the Lewis & Clark expedition, was used on the face of a new dollar coin by the U.S. Mint.

The Irish Famine Memorial, with 35 life-size figures making it the largest project to be sculpted by Goodacre, was dedicated at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia in 2003.

Goodacre, born in Lubbock in 1939, began her career as a portrait painter. She switched in 1969 to sculpting in bronze, and opted to build a home and studio in Santa Fe, N.M., in 1983.

She told a reporter for People magazine, "I generally do what I wish, and I'm fortunate people want to collect my pieces."

Considered for years a prolific artist, Friday found Goodacre saying that she plans to "slow down."

"I've stopped accepting commissions," she said. "I'm only doing what Glenna wants to do."

Turning her back on art obviously is not an option. She added that she has been inspired by the tragic tsunami in Sri Lanka. "Most fishermen lost their boats," she said, "but I've learned that many fish from poles in the water. I want to sculpt those poles with little fishermen on them."

Goodacre again joked about the size of the street sign and the decision to use boulevard, rather than lane, after her long name. "I don't laugh to be sarcastic," she explained. "I laugh because I am embarrassed. I don't know of living artists who are honored with street names."

She then joked by explaining the sign could have been longer, had someone used her full name and called it Glenna Maxey Goodacre Schmidt Boulevard.

"Just call me Ms. Boulevard," she quipped.

Mike Schmidt, whom Goodacre married in 1995, said, "People don't know how much this means to Glenna, to both of us really, because we share West Texas roots. People in Lubbock always have supported her work.

"We just met with Glenna's daughter Jill and her husband (jazz musician Harry Connick Jr.) back East and told them all about it. They are so proud of Glenna and mentioned that this is a wonderful legacy being passed on for her kids and even her grandkids to see."

Goodacre also remembered those who helped when she first began expressing her artistic nature.

"It was always a goal of mine to be a professional artist," Goodacre told People magazine in 1999.

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