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.  Previous awards include the Guggenheim Foundation

Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, San Francisco Arts Commission Award for Outstanding

Achievement in Sculpture, Honorary Doctorate for Outstanding

Achievement in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute,

Honorary Doctorate from the California College of Arts and

Crafts, and Honorary Doctorate from the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.