Alice Aycock was born in Harrisburg, PA. Currently she is represented by Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin and Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami. She was represented by the John Weber Gallery in New York City from 1976 through 2001 and has exhibited in major museums and galleries nationally as well as Europe and Japan. Her works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, LA County Museum, and the National Gallery, among others. She exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Documenta VI and VIII in Kassel, Germany and the Whitney Biennial in NYC.
She 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 2013, a retrospective of her drawings was exhibited at the new Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York coinciding with the Grey Art Gallery in New York City. The retrospective travelled to the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 2014. A fully illustrated catalogue, "Some Stories are Worth Repeating," with an essay by Jonathan Fineberg accompanies the retrospective.
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 JFK International Airport. Other projects include a GSA commission for the Fallon Building in Baltimore, an outdoor piece entitled "Strange Attractor", at the Kansas City Int'l Airport, "Ghost Ballet for the East Bank Machineworks", Nashville, Tennessee, and a floating sculpture for Broward County, FL. In March 2014, a series of sculptures were installed on the Park Avenue Malls in New York City, entitled "Park Avenue Paper Chase".
Alice was a member of the NYC Design Commission from 2003 to 2012. She has taught at numerous colleges and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NY (since 1991) and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. In September of 2005 the MIT Press published the artist's first hardcover monograph, entitled Alice Aycock, Sculpture and Projects, authored by Robert Hobbs. She was inducted into the National Academy, New York City, in 2013.