William King 1925 —


William King was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1925, and grew up in Coconut Grove, Miami. After attending the University of Florida between 1942 and 1944, he came to New York in 1945, enrolling that year at Cooper Union and graduating in 1948. The following year he went to Rome on a Fulbright scholarship. Beginning in 1953, he taught for three years at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and elsewhere. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was President of the National Academy of Design between 1994 and 1998. He is the father of Eli King and Amy King, and lives with his wife, Connie Fox, in East Hampton, New York.

King's earliest one-person shows were with the Alan Gallery, New York, beginning in 1954. The majority of his subsequent New York exhibitions were with the Terry Dintenfass Gallery. Of note in the writings about the artist are reviews by Fairfield Porter, in 1954 (in Art News) and 1960 (in The Nation), and numerous essays and reviews by Hilton Kramer. The fullest biographical account of the artist is by Gerald Nordland, in a 1994 gallery exhibition catalog entitled William King: Forty Years of Work in Wood.


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Jacksonville, Florida, 1925



University of Florida, 1942-1944

Cooper Union Art School, New York, 1945-1948

Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York, 1949

Academia dei Belle Arti, Rome, 1949-1950

Central School, London, England, 1952


Teaching Experience

Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York, 1952-1955

University of California, Berkeley, 1956-1966

Art Student's League, New York, 1968-1969

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1972-1973

State University of New York, Potsdam, Fredonia, New Paltz, Jamestown, Pswego, Plattsburgh, Artist in Residence.



Sculpture Prize, Cooper Union Art School, New York, 1948

Fulbright Grant, 1949-1950

Margaret Tiffany Blake Fresco Award, 1951

Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, The International Sculpture Center. member American Academy of Arts and Letters. Fulbright Grant (Italy) 1950-1.

Augustus St.Gaudens Medal, Cooper Union, New York, 1964

Creative Artist Public Service Award and Grant, 1974

Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan, Distinction Prize, 1980

National Academy of Design, New York, Gold Medal, 1986

American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, Louise Nevelson Award, 1995

Guild Hall of East Hampton, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, Visual Arts Award, 1997


Solo Exhibitions (selection)

Alan Gallery, New York, 1954,1955,1961

San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, California, 1970

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, 1970

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1971

Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1971

Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida, 1971

Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, New York, 1971

 Alpha Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1971, 1982

Montgomery  Museum of Art, Montgomery, Alabama, 1972, 1987

Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida, 1972

Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1972

Worcester Art Museum, Worchester, Massachusetts, 1972

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1972

Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Nashville, Tennessee, 1972

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1972

Elvehjem Art Center, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, 1973

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1973

William Benton Museum, University of Connecticut, 1973

State Universities of New York, (traveling exhibition), 1974

Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, 1976

Zabriskie Gallery, New York, 1977

Louise Himmelfarb Gallery, Water Mill, New York, 1980

Wingspread Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine, 1981

Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, California, 1985, 1987

Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, Texas, 1986

Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1987

David Heath Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1987

Marilyn Pearly Gallery, New York, 1988

Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, 1989

The Atrium at Maison Alcan, Quebec, Canada, 1989

Brunnier Gallery and Museum, Iowa, 1990

Simmons Visual Art Center, Brenau College, Gainsville, Georgia, 1992

Pitt Program Council, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1995

Seacon Square, Bangkok, Thailand, 1996

Terry Dintenfass Gallery, NY, 1962, 1964-971, 1973, 1976, 1980-1984, 1986, 1989-1992, 1994, 1997

Miami Dade Junior College, Miami, Florida, 1997

Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, New York, 1998, 1999

Dorothy Blau Gallery, Miami, Florida, 1998

Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, 1999

Kraushaar Galleries, New York, 2000

Vered Gallery, East Hampton, New York, 1981-1985, 1987-1990, 1992-1997, 2001-2002


Group Exhibtions (selection)

Museum of Modern Art, New York.  New Talent. 1955

Museum of Modern Art, New York, Recent Sculpture. 1955

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annual Exhibitions. 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968

Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Recent Figure Sculpture. 1972-1973

Exhibition traveled to Museum of Art, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine; Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York

Art Gallery of Budapest, Hungary.  Second International Biannial: Small Sculpture. 1973

Monumenta I, New Port, Rhode Island, 1974

International Pavilion  of Humor, Montreal, Canada. Man and His World. 1975

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, Woodworks. 1976

Grand Palais, Paris, France. Contemporary Art Show.  1976

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts.  Skowhegan Retrospective.  1976

Exhibition traveled to Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida. International Florida Artists. 1981

Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio. Shape in Sculpture. 1982

National Academy of Design, New York. 157th Annual Exhibition. 1982

Brainard Art Gallery,  SUNY Potsdam, New York. Directions in Metal. 1982

Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York. Drawings on East End. 1988

Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stonybrook, New York. Eighteen Suffolk Artists. 1995

American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture. 1995

Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York. Face Value: American Portraits. 1995

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. Figurative Tradition. 1998

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Group Exhibition. 1999

Grounds for Sculpture, Princeton, New Jersey.  Fall/Winter 1999


Sculpture Commissions (selection)

Government Center, Akron, Ohio, 1978

Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, Michigan. 1979

Laurel Shopping Center, Laurel, Maryland. 1979

Madison Art and Civic Center, Madison, Wisconsin. 1979

Lincoln Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 1980

Orlando International Airport, Orlando, Florida. 1983

Sterling Plaza, New York. 1985

Alaska Council on the Arts, Anchorage, Alaska. 1985

Schlotzky's, Austin, Texas. 1986

Park Place, Clearwater, Florida. 1986

Vision, Palo Alto, California. 1986

Florida State Council on the Arts, Lakeland, Florida. 1987

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. 1990

South Street Pedestrian Bridge, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1995


Public collections (selection)

Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Rose Art Museum, Brandais University, Waltham, Massachusetts

Columbus Museum, Ohio

Fine arts Center, Cheeckwood, Tennessee

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Hopkins Art Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

First National Bank of Chicago, Chicago Illinois

Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York

Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York

Hirshhom Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC

Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

New York University, New York

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California

State Universities of New York, Potsdam, New Paltz, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Jamestown, Fredonia

Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of California, Berkley

University of Massachusetts

Weatherspoon Art Gallery

University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


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