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Meet the Artist: William Keyser

Bill Keyser as inspired by Tony Smith
Pretzel (left)Materials: wood
Inspired by Tony Smith, Playground (right)
©2012 Estate of Tony Smith / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Here is an excerpt from University News at RIT:

Woodworking and furniture design were Keyser’s (MFA furniture design, ’61) passion during his 35 years of teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts. The professor emeritus also became renowned for his professional accomplishments—his furniture and sculpture for residential, corporate, ecclesiastical and public art appreciation.

But after he “quit teaching,” Keyser decided to go back to school and earned his MFA degree in painting from RIT in 2005. “Furniture—especially my ecclesiastic work designing altars, pulpits, and objects for sanctuaries in many churches in the Rochester area—is what I have been noted for,” Keyser says. “But this is my first initial foray into painting and sculpture; it’s sort of my coming out.”  … as reported for an exhibit at NTID Dyer Arts in 2009.

“My choice of Tony Smith’s Playground was prompted by my long term love of minimalism and the early work of this artist, and by the speculation/suspicion that the inspiration of the sculpture would likely push my form vocabulary in a new direction. I responded to what I call the ‘trajectory’ of Playground: where it started, where it ended, and how it got there. In the journey, I liked how it wrapped itself around the space underneath. I’m always interested in the space under a sculpture, how it meets the ground or pedestal; the stance of the work.”

Find Bill’s latest piece at the Memorial Art Gallery near the Education entrance. Pick up your map to all 41 of the pieces in Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Years at the Admission desk. All of the works from Art Reflected are available for sale in the Gallery Store. Presented by the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery.


Comment from William Keyser
Time: February 28, 2013, 8:25 pm

What a wonderful surprise to see this feature! Thanks for doing this; I appreciate it.

Comment from mcolombo
Time: March 1, 2013, 6:05 pm

Thank you for supporting this exhibit with your work! Your piece is a wonderful addition. Art Reflected is such a great dialogue between artists (past and present) and a wonderful way to celebrate our 100 years.

Pingback from Four (or Five) Exhibits in One Location | Rochester Arts | Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Time: March 20, 2013, 8:46 am

[…] This could be a first in MAG’s 100 years history. The Memorial Art Gallery is currently hosting four separate exhibits at the same time. The main reason for this is that Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Years has been extended through April 21st. Art Reflected is a nod to the past, a celebration of today’s artists and a vision for the future. It could also be considered a venue that features some of the region’s best known contemporary artists (here’s a list). This may also be the first time in our history that you can purchase this art right from the Gallery walls. All of the inspired pieces are available for purchase through the Gallery Store. See the online interactive catalog. Read our previous blog post here and our “Meet The Artist” series on the MAG’s blog. […]

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