FEATURED PROJECT : 800,000 Acknowledge. Remember. Renew.
2004 - 2006
800,000, about the Rwandan genocide, is a meticulously rendered installation featuring hundreds of thousands of hand prints, provided by the participants and, bound into hundreds of hand sewn books which reside in coffin like boxes. This artist is willing to devote resources to the needs of others and to raise awareness around a difficult issue in a selfless manner. Equally as difficult is it to find an artist who not only has the true interests of the community he is serving in mind but is sensitive to the needs of that community and responds in an effective manner.
Lonnie Graham - Professor, Penn State School of Visual Arts
New Day Rooster Series
Roosters call us to a new day. Are you seeing new opportunity, or entering a new season either personally or professionally?
I know I am. 2017 began with a bang. These drawings are a playful reminder of this "new day."
STATE COLLEGE, PA, 2016
In collaboration with Marisa Vicere and the Jana Marie Foundation, the artist completed this installation of 144 balloons on the side of a parking deck, representing the estimated deaths by suicide across PA during the month of September. September has been dubbed Suicide Prevention Month. This piece called attention to the fragility of life, that once air is gone, the life is lost.
It was later found that a suicide was prevented the night prior to this installation on this very parking deck.
The Daily Collegian
The Blue Rider
William began a series of Vespa artwork and sculptures in 2014. These two similar sculptures are 16' tall aluminum pop versions of the face of the scooter.
Tyrone, PA, 2013
This mural was a part of the Joshua House community day projects. William world with the Tyrone-Snyder Library board of directors to approve the image, and instructed the group of teens lead by Tommie Murray to paint the mural.
"Mr. Snyder worked on a mural project for the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library with teenagers from a community service day camp at Joshua House. He was very receptive to suggestions from library staff and trustees for the project, and with the collaboration of the kids in the camp and their counselor, he completed an amazing, vibrant mural for our children's room in just one week. His artwork completely transformed the children's room in our library, and made it extra special for the families that visit the library."
Jessica Ford Cameron
Tyrone-Snyder Public Library
In 2007, William received a Creative Fellowship from the PA Council on the Arts. With the funds he produced this series of portraits of friends, strangers and colleagues.
These charcoal portraits, each 24 x 36, were drawn from life during a 45 min - 1 hr session.
"I push the drawings until I feel the same life on the image as I feel from the individual."
- William Snyder III