Owensboro Sculptor Named Kentucky Arts Council Featured Artist for November, December


FRANKFORT, Ky. —Owensboro sculptor William Kolok is the Kentucky Arts Council’s featured artist for November and December.

Kolok has lived in Owensboro for 35 years, but has come far from the working class neighborhood near New York City where he grew up. He moved south to Georgia, completing his undergraduate degree at Berry College and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at the University of Georgia.

Kolok’s work is highly visible in Owensboro. “Beside Still Waters” and “The Bridge” grace the grounds of Owensboro Health Hospital; “Tabernacle” and “Font” sit majestically in the Health Park chapel; “From a Seed” invites patrons into the Owensboro Art Museum; “Numbers” is a memorial to a beloved math professor on the Kentucky Wesleyan College campus.

“Working with my hands is essential,” Kolok said. “I enjoy the resistance of the wood or stone as I carve out a mood, an idea, a feeling.”

Kolok is a member of the arts council’s Architectural Artists Directory, an adjudicated marketing program for Kentucky’s finest architectural artists who have an established history of working on special architectural or design-oriented projects and installations.

To learn more about Kolok, visit the arts council’s website. The featured artist’s page includes a story about his work, a video of Kolok discussing his work and contact information for Kolok.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council is celebrating 50 years of service in 2016.

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