Alice Aycock

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Alice Aycock
Born (1946-11-20) November 20, 1946 (age 68)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Education Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Hunter College in New York, NY
Known for Sculpture
Official website

Alice Aycock (born November 20, 1946) is an American sculptor.


Aycock was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1946. She studied at Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in 1968.[1] She then went to New York City where she studied for her masters at Hunter College, and where she was taught and supervised by Robert Morris; she graduated in 1971. Her early sculptures were site-specific and were largely made from wood and stone; in the 1980s she began to use steel.

She has created installations at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1977), the San Francisco Art Institute (1979), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1983), and outside the United States, including Israel, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, and Japan and has had two major retrospectives--the first surveyed her work between 1972 and 1983, organized by the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, and the other retrospective entitled “Complex Visions” was organized by the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY. In September 2005 the MIT Press published the artist’s first hardcover monograph, entitled Alice Aycock, Sculpture and Projects, authored by Robert Hobbs.

Alice Aycock’s public sculptures can be found throughout the United States, including a permanent suspended work completed in 2012 at the Dulles International Airport, the San Francisco Public Library, a large-scale sculptural roof installation for the East River Park Pavilion on 60th Street in NYC, and “Star Sifter” for Terminal 1 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Other projects include a GSA commission for the Fallon Building in Baltimore, an outdoor piece entitled “Strange Attractor”, at the Kansas City International Airport, “Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks”, Nashville, Tennessee, and a floating sculpture for Broward County, FL.

Aycock's works can be found in the collections of Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LA County Museum, the National Gallery, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation. She exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Documenta VI and VIII in Kassel, Germany and the Whitney Biennial.

She has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City since 1991, and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore since 2010. She was inducted as a National Academician at the National Academy of Design in 2013.

She is currently represented by Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin and Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami. Previously (1976-2001) she was represented by the John Weber Gallery in New York City.

Current projects[edit]

A retrospective of her drawings at the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York coinciding with the Grey Art Gallery in New York City opened in April 2013. The retrospective will then travel to the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 2014. A fully illustrated catalog, “Some Stories are Worth Repeating,” with an essay by Jonathan Fineberg accompanies retrospective.

In the spring of 2014, a series of sculptures will be installed on the Park Avenue Malls in New York City, entitled “Park Avenue Paper Chase”.


  1. ^ Handy, Amy (1989). "Artist's Biographies - Alice Aycock". In Randy Rosen; Catherine C. Brower. Making Their Mark. Women Artists Move into the Mainstream, 1970-1985. Abbeville Press. p. 239. ISBN 0-89659-959-0. 
  • Hobbs, Robert. Alice Aycock: Sculpture and Projects. The MIT Press, 2005. 400pp. [ISBN 0-262-08339-6]
  • Jonathan Fineberg. Alice Aycock Drawings: Some Stories Are Worth Repeating. Yale University Press, 2013. 160pp. [ISBN 0300191103]

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