Warrior’s Challenge


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26 X 18 X 13
Bronze From Foundry

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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 1964 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. In 2009 Nebeker was honored by the Arizona Historical Society and Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s State Historian, with the Arizona Culturekeeper Award, for his outstanding contributions to the history, art, civic leadership, and entrepeneurial spirit, because of his bronze sculptures enriching several Arizona cities.

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.

Nebeker is a participating artist in the Cowboy Artists of America Show & Sale, as well as the Prix de West Invitational Show & Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK; the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West in Los Angeles, CA; Quest for the West Art Show at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN; at the Phippen Museum Western Art Show in Prescott, AZ and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show at the Old West Museum.

In the 40 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 Art Collector, 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, Palm Spring Desert Museum and Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg. well as many of the prestigious corporate and personal collections around America.

Bill Nebeker CA Sculpture, Bronze From Foundry 26 X 18 X 13 (Interest categories: Bronze From Foundry, Western, Horse, Sculpture, Sculptures and Accent Pieces, Fine Art, Art Gallery, Bill Nebeker CA Artist)

• Northern Arizona University, 1962 (no degree)
• University of Arizona, 1961-1962 (no degree)
• Prescott High School, AZ 1961
Selected Exhibitions
• Autry Museum, Masters of the American West Show, Los Angeles, CA, 2000-2016
• Briscoe Art Museum, Night of the Artists, San Antonio, Texas, 2007-2016
• Eiteljorg Museum, Quest for the West Art Show, Indianapolis, IN, 2010-2014
• National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Oklahoma City, OK, 2004-2016
• Phippen Museum, Nebeker/Bob “Shoofly” Shufelt Exhibition, July-October, 2007
• Phoenix Art Museum, Cowboy Artists of America Show and Sale, 1995-
• Phippen Museum, 20 Year Retrospective Exhibition, 1992
• Grand Palais, Paris, France, 1980
• Old West Museum, Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show, Cheyenne, WY
Selected Press
• Art of the West, March/April, 2002, 2004-2005, November/December 2013
• Southwest Art, October, 1981, 2009
• Phoenix Home and Garden, October 1999
• Arizona Highways, June 1984
• Art West Magazine, October/November,1982
• Western Horseman, 1975
• Cowboys and Indians
• Western Art Collector
• Horse and Rider
• Persimmon Hill
Selected Collections
• Briscoe Western Art Museum, Texas, 2013
• Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2006
• Pearce Museum, Corsicana, TX, 2005
• Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 2004
• Rockwell Museum, NY, 2003
• Booth Western Art Museum, Atlanta, GA, 2002
• Palm Spring Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 2001
• Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ, 1990
• Town of Prescott, AZ
• Arizona Department of Public Safety Headquarters, Town of Phoenix, AZ
• Town of Glendale, AZ
• National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
• Old West Museum, Cheyenne, WY
• Museum of Western Art, Kerrville, TX
• Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
• Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, AZ
• Colorado Springs Rodeo Grounds, 2006
• AZ. DPS Memorial Monument, Phoenix, 1998
• Territorial Sheriff, Glendale, AZ, 1991
• Early Prescott Settlers, 1983
• National Cowboy Museum, John Wayne statue, 1980
• Buckey’s Excellence in the Arts, Lifetime Contribution Award, Prescott, AZ, 2012
• Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition, Ray Swanson Memorial Award, 2009
• Arizona Historical Society, Arizona Culturekeeper Award, 2009
• Phoenix Art Museum Best of Show, Gold Medal, 1989
• Cowboy Artists of America, Silver Medal, 1985
• Phippen Western Art Show, Gold Medal and Patrons’ Choice, 1978-1979
• Cowboy Artists of America, Gold Medal
• Cowboy Artists of America, Best of Show
• Phoenix Art Museum, Purchase Award
• Cowboy Artists of America, Former President, Tucson, AZ
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Sunday: 9:30 AM-5:00PM

Workshop Materials List

1. Clay – Chavant Le Beau Touche. Get the regular clay, not HM (high melt).
2. Clay warming devices, a metal bucket with a clamp on heat lamp or 100 W bulb works great.
3. Tie wire.
4. Aluminum foil.
5. Scissors.
6. Favorite sculpture tools.
7. Plank of wood (pine) approximately 8″ x 8″ x 2″.
Bring as many planks as you wish…the wood is used as the base for your sculpture.
8. Plumber’s pipe, 1/2″ threaded: Bring several different lengths…up to 10″…not PVC pipe.
Plumber’s pipe T joint.
Plumber’s pipe couplers.
Plumber’s pipe flange.
9. Screws and screwdriver to secure the flange to wood…this may be done before you arrive. (Place flange in the center of plank)
10. Wire cutters
11. Needle nose pliers
12. Rubber mallet.
13. Spatula
14. Measuring devices such as rulers, measuring tape, dividers, and calipers.
15. Because we concentrate on BIRDS IN FLIGHT, live models in the classroom are more distracting than useful. I will demonstrate the technique of constructing a cantilevered bird armature that can be used for many different bird species and will show you how to assemble shapes to capture the “gist” of the specific bird.
16. Bird field guides such as Peterson, Stokes, Golden, or Sibley. Sibley’s Guide to Birds (not Sibley’s Guide to Bird Life and Behavior) is best if bringing only one field guide. This popular book can usually be purchased at any bookstore.
17. Bring your laptop to the class if possible.
18. Bring your sketchbook.

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