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William Keyser
Rochester Institute of Technology
School for American Crafts
Professor Emeritus, Furniture Design

William Keyser's interest in construction began as a child, while watching his father in his home workshop. He studied engineering and sculpture at Carnegie Mellon Institution and after made his way to the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology where he studies under woodworkers Tage Frid and Michael Harmes where he earned a master of fine arts degree.

Keyser taught Furniture Design at the School for American Crafts from 1962 to 1997. During that time he nurtured a legion of students who have been successful craftsmen, designers in industry, or teachers at leading centers for craft education. He exhibited in numerous national and juried exhibitions and won several awards, including the Award of Distinction for the Furniture Society. Keyser was named an Emeritus Professor after retiring, and later returned to RIT to pursue his master's degree in painting, which gave him an opportunity to exercise his spontaneous, creative side.

He currently is constructing large-scale wooden sculptures and is painting with oil on canvas, incorporating areas of bold  colors and a strong sense of design.  His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Sheldon Museum of Fine Art in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Interfaith Chapel at the University of Rochester. Keyser is well know for his ecclesiastic work, including alters and pulpits and has completed commissions for individuals and institutions including public art commissions.

Artist image by A. Sue Weisler

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