William Patterson was born in Albany, New York in 1941. A fine contemporary etcher, Patterson graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from Syracuse University. He was awarded the Abbey Fellowship to conclude his studies at the American Academy in Rome, Italy (1965-66).
Patterson has exhibited at the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum and at Penn State. He is a full member of both the Society of American Graphic Artists and of the Boston Printmakers. His etchings and aquatints are included in the permanent collections of the New Jersey State Museum, the New British Museum and the Library of Congress.
A number of William Patterson's original etchings and aquatints deal with imaginative portrayals of past artists and social thinkers who have pervaded his artistic outlook.