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William M. Duffy at Koi Gallery
September 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - October 3, 2014 @ 8:30 pmFree
Join us to view and experience new and exciting sculptures in wood, stone and bronze created by William M. Duffy at Koi gallery at the Galt House Hotel and Suites, 140 North 4th Street Suite 328, 502.569.4586. The opening reception is Friday September 26, 2014 6-8:30 PM. The exhibit will run September 26 – October 3, 2014. www.koibydelanor.com
Duffy was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Always having a special talent for painting and drawing, Duffy graduated from the Louisville School of Art with a B.F.A. in painting.
Driving home one day from his job as an exhibitions preparatory for the Louisville Museum of History & Science, he stumbled upon what he believes led him to his destiny. A two-car accident had just taken place that caused one of the cars to smash into a bank’s marble column, breaking it into pieces. Marble remnants lay on the sidewalk and Duffy felt compelled to ask for a chunk. After taking the stone home, he pulled out a screwdriver and a hammer and began carving. Immediately, he knew he had found his calling.
Learning from books and experimentation, Duffy taught himself to carve stone. After receiving several sculpture awards and many favorable comments on his sculpting ability, he began working as a full time sculptor. His figurative and abstract sculptures have won over 30 purchase or merit awards in exhibitions throughout the United States. Duffy has also been selected, based on artistic excellence, to participate in the Kentucky Arts Council’s arts marketing program, Kentucky Crafted.
Duffy was commissioned by the Kentucky Arts Council to create the awards presented to the 2007-2008 recipients of the Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The 11 pieces, entitled “Upward Glance”, were individually hand-carved from steatite.
Duffy’s work can be found in numerous private, corporate, and public collections, including Phillip Morris USA, Brown-Forman Corporation, Kentucky Fried Chicken (now YUM! Brands, Inc.), Humana Inc., The Louisville Orchestra, and the J.B. Speed Art Museum.
Duffy shares his talents by teaching, and over the past 25 + years he has taught all ages from every social and economic background. In February 1997, he received an official commendation from the Jefferson County Board of Education for “sharing his outstanding artistic gifts with students and staff in the Jefferson County Public Schools”