LaVon Williams 

    

Born in Lakeland, Florida, LaVon Van Williams, Jr. is known, in some circles, as a member of the University of Kentucky basketball team that captured the NCAA championship in 1978. He graduated with a degree in Sociology and went on to play professional basketball in Italy and Spain. Though he did not pursue formalized art training, Williams is a fifth-generation wood carver and his grandmother was a quilt maker.  After his return to Lexington, KY in the mid 1980s, he decided to renew this creative tradition.