William Keyser is a contemporary artist based in Victor, NY who has over 60 years of experience creating dynamic artworks at the intersection between painting, sculpture, and furniture design.






MFA, Painting and Sculpture, School of Art, Rochester Institute of Technology


MFA, Furniture Design, School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology


BS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Recent Exhibitions (selected)


68th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, juried


Spellbound: The Art Of Mystery, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational


Art in Craft Media 2021, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, juried

In A Different Light, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational


William Keyser - Painting and Sculpture, 2009 - 2019, University Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY

Art in Craft Media 2019, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, juried


Ode To Joy, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational

61st Chautauqua Annual, Chautauqua, NY, juried


Doubles & Dopplgangers, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational

60th Chautauqua Annual, Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua, NY, juried

Art in Craft Media 2017, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, juried


Hunter/Gatherer-Mead Collection, Gallery R, Rochester, NY

Archiving Western New York, Mead Collection, Marion Gallery, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

Myth & Mythologies, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational

Points of View, Kristine Bouyoucos and William Keyser, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY, invitational


Represented in the collections of over a dozen museums, universities and corporations including the Museum of Art and Design (NYC), Art Park, Carnegie Mellon University, Eastman Kodak, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, Memorial Art Gallery, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Sheldon Museum of Art (NE), SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, University of Rochester and a great many private and ecclesiastical collections.

Awards & Honors


Award of Distinction, The Furniture Society


Merit Award, Carnegie Mellon University


Elected to College of Fellows, American Craft Council


Grand Prize, Modern Liturgy Visual Arts Awards Competition


Distinguished Alumnus, Rochester Institute of Technology


National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship


Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild Second National Award


Cooke, Edward S., Jr., Gerald W.R. Ward and Kelly H. L’Ecuyer. The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture, 1940-1990. Boston: MFA Publications. 2003

Fairbanks, Jonathan L. and Elizabeth Bidwell Bates. American Furniture 1620 to the Present. New York: Richard Marek. 1981

Jacobus, John L..The Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild: an Illustrated History. North Carolina: McFarland. 2005

Johnson, Bebe, P. and Warren Eames Johnson. Speaking of Furniture, The Artist Book Foundation, New York. 2013

Koplos, Janet and Bruce Metcalf. Makers: A History of American Studio Craft. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press. 2010

Lovenheim, Barbara. Breaking Ground: a Century of Craft Art in Western New York. Rochester, NY: Hudson Hills. 2010

Meilach, Dona Z.. Woodworking: The New Wave. New York: Crown. 1981

Nordness, Lee. Objects: USA. New York: Viking Press. 1970

Stender, Thomas, ed. The Penland Book of Woodworking. New York: Lark. 2006

Connection to Western New York

William Keyser taught Woodworking and Furniture Design in the School for American Crafts from 1962 to 1997. His home and studio is in Victor, NY.