She was an early artist in the land art movement in the
She has had three major retrospectives. The first was organized by the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart in 1983 and traveled to Kolnischer Kunstverein Koln;
From March 8th through July
Recent museum group shows include the reinstallation of her sculpture Studies for a Town as part of the exhibition “Here Is Every,” curated by Connie Butler at MoMA (2008-9), and the Whitney Museum’s reinstallation of Untitled (Shanty) in “Sites,” curated by Carter Foster and Gary Carrion-Murayari. Clay #2
Aycock’s early works are land art pieces that involve reshaping the earth such as A Simple Network of Underground Wells and Tunnels, Low Building With Dirt Roof (For Mary), and the Williams College Project, situated on land in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. A permanent reconstruction of A Simple Network… from 1975 was
Her large-scale installations can be found at numerous universities including, The Miraculating Machine in the Garden at Rutgers University (1982); The Solar Wind at Roanoke College, in Salem, VA (1983/2010); The Islands of the Rose Apple Tree… at Western Washington State University, Bellingham (1987); Tree of Life Fantasy… at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1992); Summaries of Arithmetic… at the entrance to the Engineering Department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1992); a Waterworks Installation for the University of Nebraska in Omaha (1993); Maze 2000 for University of South Florida, Tampa (2002);Starsifter, Galaxy NGC 4314 at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey (2005); A Startling Whirlwind of Opportunity, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2009); Entangling/Disentangling Space, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah (2009); Accelerations, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury (2010); and most recently, The Butterfly Effect at Michigan State University (2012) and Super Twister for University of Cincinnati (2013).
Aycock's public sculptures can be found in many major cities in the U.S. Some of her public commissions include a
In September of 2005, MIT Press published the artist’s first hardcover monograph, entitled Alice Aycock, Sculpture and Projects, authored by Robert Hobbs. She has received numerous awards including four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Aycock was a member of the New York City Design Commission from 2003 to 2012 and she has also been appointed to the GSA’s National Register of Peer Professionals. She received the Americans for the Arts Public Art Award in 2008 for Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks in Nashville, Tennessee. She was inducted into the National Academy, New York City, in 2013. Aycock has taught at numerous colleges and universities including Yale University (1988-92) and as the Director of Graduate Sculpture Studies (1991-92). She has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in NY since