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Alexa King, Sculptor

Alexa King has worked professionally as a sculptor for more than 25 years. She has won praise and recognition throughout the world for her ability to capture the essence and dynamics of her subjects in bronze.

King's statue of the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was unveiled at Churchill Downs in April 2009.

The champion horse shattered his leg in the 2006 Preakness Stakes and was later euthanized, due to complications from that injury. The statue is the focal point of Barbaro's official memorial and burial site at Churchill Downs.

"Barbaro" melds King's love of sculpture and horses.

Alexa became enamored with the horses early in her life when her father brought home a Shetland pony, which they kept in the backyard and stabled in the garage behind the house. More horses followed this first pony of course, and Alexa became well known in the midwest for her champion trotting ponies that she trained and raced.

Alexa King has distinguished herself as an equine sculptor, known for her ability to convey a sense of depth and emotion in the horses she recreates as living forms in motion. Her interest in art began as a child with her mother serving as her first tutor. King studied oil painting and portraiture under the noted portrait painter, William Ashby, and credits her early experience as a painter for her ability to understand how color and light play into the patterns she casts into her sculptural forms.

A native of Muncie, Ind., Alexa King lives in Versailles, Ky. In this segment, "Louisville Life" visits King at her studio to learn more about her and her creative process.

Alexa has found what has proved to be her life-long career in the arts, only slowing down along that path to raise three children, graduate from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and re-establish the English Hackney horse at her Good Thunder Farms.

Program 410
Behind-the-scenes at the Louisville Ballet for the new rendition of "The Brown-Forman Nutcracker"; Versailles artist Alexa King, sculptor of the legendary horse Barbaro at Churchill Downs; the internationally-acclaimed Grawemeyer Awards at the University of Louisville; and the comedic genius behind Comedy Caravan, where Louisvillians have laughed for more than 20 years. (#410)