Alice Aycock studied in the late 1960s under minimalist pioneer Robert Morris, and soon thereafter began working on large-scale sculptures in wood and stone. She received a B.A. from Douglass College in 1968 and an M.A. from Hunter College in 1971. 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 in Europe and Japan. In the 1980s, she began using steel and produced massive installations that challenged ideas of industrial aesthetics. Her works can be found in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the LA County Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Sheldon, Storm King Art Center, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany. She exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Documenta VI and VIII and the Whitney Biennial. She has received numerous awards including several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. She was inducted into the National Academy, New York City, in 2013. The International Sculpture Center presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture in 2018, and she received an Academy of the Arts Achievement Award in Visual Arts from Guild Hall in March 2019. A solo exhibition of works from 1971 through 2019 opened at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, Germany in the summer of 2019. She has exhibited with Tripoli Gallery since 2016. She lives and works in New York City.