Museum of the Southwest

Midland, TX



In the Third Dimension: Sculpture from the Museum's Collection

January 14, 1999 - January 14, 2000


Selected works of Southwestern sculpture in bronze from the Museum's collection are featured in this year long exhibition. Artists include Grant Speed, Glenna Goodacre, Doug Hyde, Juan Dell and others.


Kent Ullberg

Kent Ullberg is a Romantic-realist sculptor of wildlife in bronze and has been living in Corpus Christi since 1975. Ullberg said, "Good animal sculpture necessitates distilling the essential forms without losing the specific characteristics. It is possible to render the human figure very abstractly and still have it read as a human form. Each animal, however, has its own characteristics. Therefore, the animal sculptor is more likely to verge on the academic than the modeler of human figures." Ullberg has worked in Paris, been a curator in Botswana as well as at the Denver Museum of Natural History. He is an Associate of the National Academy of Design and a member of the National Sculpture Society. (left above: Kent Ullberg, American, b. Sweden(b. 1945), Cougar by the Stream II, 1984, bronze, Museum Acquisition Fund

Sculptures in the Exhibition

Glenna Goodacre

Living in Santa Fe, NM since 1983, Glenna Goodacre was born in Lubbock, Texas. Best known for her Southwestern Native American subjects, the large scale of her sculpture has resulted m much of her work being installed by public and private collectors in museums, parks and gardens. Goodacre studied at the Art Students League. Her best known work is for the Vietnam Woman's Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Ulysses Grant Speed

Raised during the Depression, Grant Speed never doubted that he would be a rancher. After he graduated from high school at seventeen, he became a working cowboy. Itchy feet took him to fifteen different ranches by the time he was twenty-two as well as on two hitches in the Air Force. He enrolled in animal husbandry at Brigham Young University, spent two and a half years on a mission for the Mormon Church, was a professional bronco rider in the rodeo until he injured a leg, and in 1962 qualified as a teacher. In two years he knew he was m the wrong job. He "decided very seriously that I was going to give art everything I had in me."

Ulysses Grant Speed is a traditional sculptor of bronzes of the Old West and is living in Utah. "There is a mystique about the West," he observes, "that has captured the people in all walks of life throughout the world. In the United States, there are movies, television shows, rodeos, books, and magazines all depicting the West. In the West there is a growing interest in Western art."


Juan Dell

Juan Dell was born in West Texas and lives in Santa Fe, N.M. She has said, "I like to develop an idea in my mind before I go to sleep or as I am awakening. At this time I can see the sculpture in my mind and can quickly change it from one position to another. Some sculptors use preliminary sketches to develop a piece, but I have found a mental picture best."


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