June 01 2016

Road at Lyme Academy College Named for Late Professor Deane G. Keller

OLD LYME, CONN.—- The roadway leading into and around the Southwick Commons housing at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven will be named for the late Deane Galloway Keller in a ceremony on Monday, June 6, at 5 p.m. 

The “Keller’s Way” sign will be unveiled by Keller’s widow, Dorothy Keller, along with Deane’s brother, William Keller. In addition to naming of the street in Keller’s memory, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is also home to the Deane G. Keller Endowed Chair of Classical Drawing and Figurative Art, a position currently held by Randy Melick.

“This street sign, along with the Deane G. Keller Endowed Chair of Classical Drawing and Figurative Art, help to memorialize the significance of Mr. Keller’s impact to Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, our students, alumni, faculty, and the art world at large,” said Campus Dean Todd Jokl. “In addition to named locations and positions on our campus, Mr. Keller lives on through the lore of stories recounted by alumni, colleagues, and friends. Most importantly, his legacy is carried on by the many student artists who received the gift of working under his direction.”

Keller, who died in 2005 at the age of 65, was a revered draftsman, painter, sculptor and teacher known especially for his instruction in figure drawing and human anatomy, a mainstay of the arts program at Lyme Academy College. 

Keller, who had a bachelor’s degree in art history from Yale University and a Master of Arts in education from St. Joseph College, was a professor at Lyme Academy College for more than 25 years. 

In 2001, he was named to the Deane G. Keller Chair of Classical Drawing and Figurative Art, a position which he held until his death. Keller was also a member of the faculty of the New York Academy of Art, the Art Students League of New York, the Hartford Art School at the  University of Hartford, and the Woodstock School of Art. He lectured on drawing and draftsmanship at the Yale Center for British Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. 

A portrait, landscape and still-life painter, Keller also produced large charcoal drawings of draped figures inspired by his travels to the Middle East. His work is part of the permanent collections of, among others, the Wadsworth Atheneum the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Penn., and Yale University.

Keller also was the author of numerous articles and two books, including the Draftsman’s Handbook. 

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is a college of the University of New Haven. Its mission is to educate aspiring artists through a rigorous studio curriculum rooted in figurative and representational art. The college offers a comprehensive liberal arts education essential for advanced critical and creative thought. For more information, visit

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920, the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates. 

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