(1942 - present)
Looking at a Bill Nebeker sculpture gives one an honest and authentic portrayal of the historic American West or contemporary ranch life. Quiet tributes, subtle humor and wry observations underlie Nebeker’s work. His knack for weaving an unobtrusive storyline into a sculpture challenges the unsuspecting viewer, “Oh! Now I get it!” That moment of discovery is at the heart of experiencing and appreciating Bill’s bronzes.
Inspired to begin sculpting in 1965 when he went to an art show by George Phippen, the first President of the Cowboy Artists of America, Bill became a member of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1978. Since then Bill has won Gold and Silver in sculpture, Best of Show and the Phoenix Art Museum Purchase Award, as well as being twice elected President by his fellow artists. His extraordinary talent has been recognized by several cities in Arizona by awarding him several important, larger than life-sized statue commissions, to depict their historic or current honorable citizens. Prescott has his four figure monument “Early Prescott Settlers”, Glendale enjoys his “Territorial Sheriff”, and Phoenix is honored by his “Memorial to Fallen Officers” at the Arizona Department of Public Safety Headquarters. In June of 2006 the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Spring, Colorado unvieled a portrait statue of Robert C. Norris in front of the new Norris/Penrose Events Center.
Raised in Prescott, Arizona since early boyhood, his heart is with ranchers, and outdoorsmen of all cultures past and present. His childhood hobby of whittling horses, dogs, other animals and toys developed without formal instruction into the God given talent he shares today with admirers all over the world.
See Nebeker’s sculptures at Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale and Jackson Hole, Texas Art Gallery in Dallas, Claggett/Rey Gallery in Vail, Mountain Spirit Gallery in Prescott, Gallery at Midlane in Houston & Gold Nugget Gallery in Wickenburg. His sculptures are included in the Cowboy Artists of America Sale in Phoenix, Prix de West in Oklahoma City, Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show.
In the 30 years of his strong and prestigious career, Bill has had stories about his life and work featured in Arizona Highways, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Cowboys and Indians, Western Horseman, Horse and Rider, Phoenix Home and Garden and Persimmon Hill.
His work is in the collections of the Eiteljorg Museum, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Booth Western Art Museum, Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Phoenix Art Museum, Phippen Museum in Prescott and Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg. well as many of the prestigious art shows and auctions throughout the West.