LaVon Williams

We will welcome LaVon to the gallery for a solo show September 15, 2018, and running through October 14. 

LaVon Williams was born July 10, 1958 in Lakeland, Florida. He moved with his family to Denver in 1968, where he finished his schooling in 1976 and was a high school All-American basketball star. He attended the University of Kentucky on an athletic scholarship, playing on the UK basketball team that won the NCAA championship in 1978. In 1980 he graduated from UK with a degree in Sociology, and left to play pro ball in Italy and Japan before returning to the U.S. In the mid-1980’s he returned to Lexington and has lived there ever since with his family. 


LaVon Williams was introduced to carving as a child. In Sanford, Florida, LaVon’s great uncle, Luke Wright (1873-1979), was a woodcarver. LaVon’s older half-brother, Dave Wright, was inspired to begin carving after watching Luke at work. Dave, in turn, taught LaVon how to carve. After the conclusion of his basketball career, LaVon dedicated himself to carving. For over 20 years, Willams has maintained his own studio, separate from the family’s home, in a small house located in a transitional neighborhood. Working with hammers and chisels, Williams has become one of America’s preeminent wood carvers. 
Biographical information provided by the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University. 

LaVon Williams Folk Art

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