William Kooienga has been a working sculptor for over 30 years. Self taught, his interest in carving and sculpture began as a young boy working soap, ice, wood, and native alabaster. After teaching woodshop, ceramics, and photography for 3 years at a school for emotionally impaired adolescents, he traveled; visiting the museums, galleries, and temples of U.S., Europe, and India/Nepal for inspiration before embarking on his career as a sculptor.

Initially exhibiting his work in galleries and shows in Michigan, N. Carolina, and Tennessee, he won several awards and received enough commissions to settle on marketing his work solely by word of mouth until now. The inspiring work of Alan LeQuire and the reputation of LeQuire Gallery led has him to again exhibit his work publicly.

William has a deep connection and regard for nature and lives simply with his family in their handbuilt solar-powered log home in a secluded hollow of Middle Tennessee. Most of his work emphasizes the beauty of natural materials with the use of organic, sensual lines and surfaces. He works mostly with native salvaged wood but has also used stone, steel, bronze, and found objects.

He has done several commissions for churches and for many well known public figures such as Paul Allen of Microsoft, and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. He is now designing and building a park in downtown Smithville, Tn. He is president of the Off The Beaten Path Studio Tour group and a member of T.A.C.A. The Tennessee State Museum has several of his pieces in their collection and his sculpture may be found in private collections internationally.