[Editor’s Note: Bill Nebeker is a Prescott native, and is the sculptor of the Yavapai County Fallen Officers Memorial on Courthouse Plaza.]
Bill Nebeker, a Western sculptor from Prescott, Arizona, will participate in his 19th Prix de West® Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale. The show will be on exhibit June 2 – August 7, 2022, with the Art Sale Weekend June 17– 18, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Nebeker believes his hobbies — which include horseback riding, roping, guitar picking and hunting — provide him with the inspiration for the stories he tells in his sculptures. He became interested in sculpting in 1964 when he attended an art show by George Phippen, the first Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) president. Fourteen years later, Nebeker became a CAA member himself. In 2016, he won the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award at the Prix de West for Cold Mornin’ Cow Camp.
Prix de West features works ranging from historical subject matter that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic artistic expressions. Landscapes, wildlife art, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. The highly anticipated annual exhibition and sale is the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, raising more than $2.8 million in 2021 to help support exhibitions and Museum programming.
For the 50th Prix de West, 94 artists, both from the United States and internationally, are expected to attend, bringing nearly 300 original works. Guest artists Grant Redden and D. LaRue Mahlke will also attend, each bringing two original works to their first Prix de West.
Returning for the third time this year are virtual viewing and proxy bidding options for those who are unable to attend Prix de West in person.
For more information on the 50th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, to make reservations, see a full schedule of events, or arrange to bid by proxy, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/
About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. The Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City at 1700 Northeast 63rd Street. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org.