William King, A’48

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William King, Art 1948, is a sculptor known for his work with the human figure. In the 1940’s King moved to New York to study art at Cooper Union and the Brooklyn Museum of Art School before spending a year at Rome’s Accademia di Belle Arti on a Fulbright Travel Fellowhip. He studied overseas at the Central School in London before returning to New York, where he taught at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art from 1952 to 1955. He also was an instructor at the University of California, the Art Students League and the University of Pennsylvania.

Early experience carving wood led to a degree of sophistication in his technique.   His style is recognizable for its simply and elegantly defined figures composed of planes.

Bill King’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, and he had dozens of solo gallery shows in New York.

William King received the 1964 CUAA Augustus Saint Gaudens Award and the 1971 Cooper Union President’s Citation. He was inducted into the Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009.

William King passed away on March 4, 2015.


From ATCooper


New York Times Obit