William M. Duffy (Duffy) was born in 1953 in Louisville. At a very early age his parents discovered that William had a special talent for drawing and encouraged him to draw the “Marvel” comic book characters that he loved. By the time he reached his junior year at Shawnee High School, Duffy had earned a reputation as an artist with both his peers and his teachers. His senior English teacher was his mentor and helped him obtain an art scholarship to college.
Duffy graduated from the Louisville School of Art in 1976 with a BFA in painting. Following college, he worked for the Louisville Museum of History & Science as an exhibition preparator and began to experiment with stone and wood carving. Reading books, Duffy taught himself to carve stone, and after numerous sculpture awards began sculpting full-time in 1980.
Duffy’s work has been included in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and is included in corporate and museum collections including the Phillip Morris, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Human and National City Bank and the J.B. Speed Art Museum Collections. William Duffy shares his talents by working with young people and in 1997, received commendation by the Jefferson County Board of Education for his work with students and staff in the Jefferson County Public Schools.
Works by this artisan can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville; Edenside Gallery, Louisville; Rayluma Gallery, Louisville; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.