Professional Career

  • Created over 100 commisioned artworks for private or corporate clients, from a coffee table for the president of Johnson Wax Co. to an entire lawyer’s office

  • Executed over 140 ecclesiastical objects, including 23 complete sanctuary ensembles

  • Created over 20 sculpture and/or public art commissions, ranging in scale from a 20-ft. high sculpture and a 30-ft. long subway bench to 72 door handles

  • Represented in the collections of over a dozen museums, universities and corporations including the Museum of Art and Design, Artpark, Birchfield Penney Art Center, Eastman Kodak, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Rochester Inst. of Tech., Sheldon Museum of Fine Art, State University of New York, University of Rochester

  • Over 200 exhibitions; juried, invitational, solo; over a dozen awards

  • Work reported in over 325 newspaper and magazine articles and featured in 28 published books

  • Professor Emeritus, School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology (taught 1962 to 1997; Chairman of Crafts 1981 to 1989)


Recognition

  • Award of Distinction, The Furniture Society, 2003
  • Merit Award, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998
  • College of Fellows, American Craft Council, 1997
  • Distinguisehd Alumnus, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1978
  • National Endowment ofr the Arts Fellowship, 1976
  • Ailborn Foundation Grant, 1969
  • Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild Second National Award, 1952


Exhibitions

2014     Made in NY, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY, juried

Proverbs and Commonplaces, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational

Shop One: Then and Now, Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational

2013      Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, juried, Purchase Award

Member Showcase, Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, juried, Award of Excellence

Referential Abstraction, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational

Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

(also exhibited 1997, 1989, 1969 - 1975, 1963 - 1966, 1961; awards in 1972, 1971, 1969, 1964, 1963)

Art Reflected, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational

Out of the Vault, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, curated

The Four Humors, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational (also in 2012 and 2011)

Made in NY 2013, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY, juried

2012      Member Showcase, Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, juried

2011      Member Showcase, Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, juried, Award of Excellence

William Keyser, Painting and Sculpture, Ock Hee's Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY, solo

2010     Extraordinary Forms II, Kenan Center, Lockport, NY

2009     William Keyser: Painting/Sculpture, Dyer Arts Center, Rochester, NY

Member’s Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY

Member’s Exhibition, The Mill Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY

Abstraction, High Falls Art Center, Rochester, NY

2008      Member’s Exhibition, Rochester Contemporary, Rochester, NY

Member’s Exhibition, The Mill Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY

2007      Pulp Function, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, (traveled)

Member’s Exhibition, The Mill Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY 

2006      Craft Art of Western New York, Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo NY 

2005      Thesis Exhibition, Bevier Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 

2003      The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture, 1940-1990, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA  

2000      Studio Furniture: Fine Art Invitational, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

1998      New York State Biennial, New York State Museum, Albany, NY

William Keyser: Furniture & Sculpture, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (solo) 

1997      Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, New York State Museum, Albany, NY

1994      Craft Art of Western New York, Burchfield-Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY

1993      Genesee Valley Works in Wood, SUNY Geneseo, NY

1991      Kanazawa Arts and Crafts Competition, Kanazawa, Japan

Master Works: Furniture by Artist/Educators, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD 

1990      Studio Furniture 1990, Gallery Fair, Mendocino, CA and Stary Sheets Gallery, Irvine, CA

1989      American Contemporary Works in Wood, The Dairy Barn, Athens, OH (also 1987)

Innovations in Wood, The Society for Art in Crafts, Pittsburgh, PA

1988       Art in Transportation, Department of Transportation Building, Cambridge, MA

1987       National Invitational Furniture Show, Gallery Fair, Mendocino, CA

Wood, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR 

1986      Contemporary Furniture: Collaboration, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY (traveled)

1984      Art for the Table, American Craft Museum, New York, NY

Bentwood Today, R.I.S.D. Museum, Providence, RI

1983      New Furniture: Ten Artists, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

1982      Ancient Inspirations/Interpretations, Roberson Center, Binghamton, NY (traveled)

 

Public Art

2013    

Rochester Top 100, three 20” high sculptures; KPMG and The Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce, Rochester, NY; executed annually since 1987 

Entrepreneurial Award, 14” high sculpture; School of Hospitality & Service Management, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY; executed annually since 1995

Paul Kazmierski Memorial Award, 14” high sculpture; School of Hospitality & Service Management, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY; executed annually since 2001

International Award of Excellence, 14” high sculpture: School of Hospitality & Service Management, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY; executed annually since 2003

2007      Rainbow Moment, sculpture, 4’ x 9’ x 2’, Monsignor Schnacky Community Center, Mendon, NY

2000      Sheetfed Executive of the Year Award, 18” sculpture; Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA; executed annually since 1995

The Chamber Civic Awards, ten 18” sculptures; The Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce, Rochester, NY; executed annually since 1991 

1992    Service Leadership Award, 24” sculpture; School of Hospitality & Service Management, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

1990     Rochester International Airport, Public Art Competition; finalist

1986     Bench, outdoor sculpture, 4’x7’x20’; Artpark, Lewiston, NY

1984     Benches, two sculptures, 4’x7’x30’ and 4’x15’x19’; Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Alewife Station, Cambridge, MA

Untitled, wall sculpture, 4’x8’6”x12”; Blue Cross/Blue Shield Corporation, Rochester, NY

1982     Encasement, for Book of Remembrance; Jewish Community Center, Rochester, NY

1981     Untitled, two wall sculptures, 5’x3’6”x1” and 2’x6’x1”; Rochester Telephone Corporation, Rochester, NY

1978     Shelf, wall sculpture, 11’x12’6”x1’6”; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

1973    Untitled, wall sculpture, 3’x8’x1”; Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY

Shelf, wall sculpture, 1’6”x1’6”x9’; American Craft Museum, New York, NY

1972     Shelf, wall sculpture, 2’x1’6”x8’; Central Trust Company, Rochester, NY

1968     Window, sculpture, 20’x14’x1’; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

1967     Golden Eagle, sculpture, 8’6”x4’x1’6”; State University of New York, Brockport, NY

1964     Handles, 72 door handles; St. John the Evangelist Church, Rochester, NY            

 

Ecclesiastical Commisions

Items produced - altar (a), baptismal (b), candlestand ©, chair (ch), credence table (t), cross (x), lectern (l)

2008        St. John’s Lutheran Church, Victor, NY (x, flower stands)

2003        Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, Diocesan Center Chapel, (a, b, c, 2 t, x, l, 2 bookcases) 

1999        Our Lady Queen of Peace, Rochester, NY (2 c, paschal candle stand)

1998        St. Theodore’s Church, Gates, NY (a ,b, 2 c, ch, l, x, paschal candle stand)

1997       Nazareth College, Rochester, NY (x)

St. Pius Tenth Church, Chili, NY (a) 

1993        Hope Lutheran Church, Greece, NY (a, b, l, x, 2 flower stands) 

1992        St. Patrick’s Church, Owego, NY (2 a, c, ch, l, t, x, ambry, tabernacle)

1991        St. Jerome’s Church, East Rochester, NY (a, b, c, ch, l, x, ambry)

                St. Paul’s Church, Webster, NY (b, c, ch, x, l, reredos) 

1990        St. Lawrence Church, Greece, NY (a, c, ch, l, x, tabernacle)

                St. Joseph’s Church, Rush, NY (a, b, ch, l, t, x, reredos)

                Penfield United Methodist Church, Penfield, NY (a, l, x)

1989        Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fairport, NY (2 c, paschal candle stand, x)

1988        St. Mary’s Church, Rochester, NY (a, b, c, ch, l, x, ambry, paschal candle stand, reredos, tabernacle)

1987        Benedictine Priory of Virginia, Bristow, VA (a, l)

                St. Joseph’s Church, Penfield, NY (b, c, ambry) 

1986        Congregation Beth Israel, Margate, NJ (l, t)

                Our Lady of  Mount Carmel, Newport News, VA (a, ch, l, tabernacle)

1985        Interfaith Chapel, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY (2 a, c, ch, 2 l, 2 t, 2 x, ark)

1984        Hilton United Methodist Church, Hilton, NY (x)

1982        Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Greece, NY (a, b, c, l, t, x, flower stand)

1979        Christ the King Church, Rochester, NY (c, ch, l, t, 2 flower stands)

                Bishop Matthew H. Clark, Rochester, NY (crozier)

1978        Good Shepherd School Chapel, Henrietta, NY (a, l, x, tabernacle) 

1977        Risen Christ Lutheran Church, Perinton, NY (a, c, l, x)

                St. John the Evangelist Church, Rochester, NY (2 a, b, c, ch, l, t, x) 

1974        Good Shepherd Church, Henrietta, NY (a, b, c, ch, l)

1970        Interfaith Chapel, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY (ark)

1969        United Presbyterian Church, Webster, NY (a ,b)

                Newman Community, State University of New York, Geneseo, NY (a, c, ch, l, t, x)

1967        United Church of Christ, Webster, NY (x, registry)

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Victor, NY (a, b, l, x, reredos)

The Newman Oratory, State University of New York, Brockport, NY (a, b, t, prie-dieu, reredos)