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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.

Why King

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

35 x 19 1/2 x 15 in

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


William King’s resume of work is extensive. King has exhibited at art institutions such as MoMA, NY and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has been shown at galleries across the country, most recently in a solo show at the Alexandre Gallery in New York City which received acclaim from the NY Times. His work is in collections from renowned establishments such as the Guggenheim Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, to private owners. His pieces adorn college campuses across the nation, as well public spaces such Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA, and smaller public collections like Guild Hall, Eat Hampton, NY. And this is only a sampling of the list…

Despite having such national success and exposure King is a humble man, a sculptor’s sculptor. Never seeking the lime light, King spent his career working diligently at what he knew best, Figurative work, never compromising even when figurative was “out of fashion”. He has spent a lifetime developing his craft and has no ego to speak of, rather is always happy to donate a piece to a collection or give a few pieces to a struggling gallery, with no expectation of public acknowledgement or recognition.

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

gala information


"Maus," "Maybe" and

William King's first
, April 1954


Photo Credits: Title Image: Portrait, 1950, plaster, 13 x 6 1/2 x 9 in.; West Coast,1954, wood, 15 x 6 7/8 x 15 1/8 in. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966. Photo Lee Stalsworth (66.2712); 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.; 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. Images Courtesy of Alexandre Gallery