Bill Nebeker has been sculpting cowboys and Native Americans for 50 years. Raised in Prescott, Arizona — which is surrounded by cattle ranches and near several Indian reservations — he had many opportunities to work on ranches and study the Native people. He has used this inspiration to breathe life, action, and dignity into his historic characters. As a skilled horseman, a “darn good roper,” a decent guitar picker, and an avid hunter who is famous for his jokes, he uses these hobbies and experiences to provide more color, authenticity, and emotion to his sculptures.
Nebeker was elected to membership in the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) in 1978, making him the senior active member of this prestigious group. He has served four times as CAA president, and through the years has won several CAA awards. He has participated in the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West for 18 years, the Briscoe Museum’s Night of Artists since 2003, and the George Phippen Western Art Show since 1974.
In January 2017, Nebeker was honored with the “heART of the West” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona. He won the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award at the 2016 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as the James Bowie Sculpture Award from the Briscoe Museum’s 2016 Night of Artists Show.