Percy King to feature at McConnell Arts Center

Work by The Abstract Athlete’s own Percy King will be featured in the Varsity Arts exhibition at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, Ohio August 16 to October 14.


The exhibition will showcase the creative side of The Ohio State University’s varsity athletes, past and present. The McConnell Center’s website says Varsity Arts “embodies the relationship between art and athleticism.” The opening reception is set for Thursday, August 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Image - The McConnell Arts Center,

Image - The McConnell Arts Center,

King, who played safety for the Buckeyes from 1997 to 1999 before a brief NFL career, practices Art of the Shaolin Wood Technique.


“When you talk to me, you get more than a football story.” - Percy King  


The technique employs hand-carved wood segments in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes. By stacking and blending the pieces, King creates a 3D effect that interprets shadows and lines through contours and layers. His portraits bring an array of iconic figures to life from former President Barack Obama to Tupac, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Jay-Z and Prince.

“Art, to me, is a creative outlet — a way for me to get out my frustration sometimes, it’s just a fun opportunity for me to express myself,” King said at The Abstract Athlete Symposium. “Whereas lot of people’s Art influences their sport or discipline or wellbeing, sport influences my Art and the way I approach Art.”

King added that he cherishes the therapeutic impact Art can have on the mind and body.

“It helps with healing, athletic performance, rest — it’s really adding an efficiency element,” King said. “I do things in a more complex and rich way. Art adds that layer of complexity to our hardworking bodies and brains.”

To explore more of King’s work, visit .

For a preview of Varsity Arts, go to .

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