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About the Award
When selecting the Lifetime Achievement Award Winners guidelines which are assessed include the quality of the work, the impact and influence of their work, a sense of dedication and commitment to the field of sculpture in general, and a generosity of spirit with other sculptors. While the recipient may be famous, the purpose of the award has not been to single out necessarily the most famous or most successful sculptor, but rather the most deserving. Click here for information on the Gala honoring this year's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. To see a history of the award and a list of past winners, click here.

Why King

West Coast,1954, wood, 15 x 6 7/8 x 15 1/8 in.

Angelo,1955, plaster,
35 x 19 1/2 x 15 in.

Best Boy, 1964, Mahogany, 25 1/2 x 8 5/8 x 7 3/8 in.


With all his national success and exposure, King is also a sculptors' sculptor. He has remained focused on figurative work regardless of art world trends. He has spent a lifetime developing his craft while also being generous in his support of the field of sculpture.

William King epitomizes the dedication, achievement, and spirit of the ISC's Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.


The International Sculpture Center is honored to thank William King for his contributions to sculpture and invite you to join us in this well deserved celebration of his life time of achievements.

For information on the Gala honoring William King, click here. Or, to download an RSVP card for the Gala, click here.








Intern, 1979, painted
wood, 14 ¼ “. Courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York

Maus, Maybe and

William King's first
, April 1954


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Photo Credits:All images courtesy of Alexandre Gallery, New York Unless noted (*) Title Image: Irene, 1979. East Hampton, NY. Aluminum, 27” high. Photo courtesy Terry Dintenfass, Inc.; Angelo, 1955, plaster, 35 x 19 1/2 x 15 in; Best Boy, 1964, Mahogany, 25 1/2 x 8 5/8 x 7 3/8 in; "Maus," "Maybe" and "Snack,"* 1993 stainless steel 84" x 36" x 20", 96" x 44" x 24", 84" x 42" x 22" Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. Photo Courtesy of; William King's first exhibition,* Charles Alan Gallery, April 1954. Courtesy of the Alan Gallery records, 1953-1970, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. © Oliver Baker Photography.