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Quest for the West artist Bill Nebeker

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 2015

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Bill Nebeker.
Nebeker 2015
Bill Nebeker
Born 1942 in Twin Falls, Idaho; lives in Prescott, Arizona


In Grandmother’s Tradition
2014, bronze, edition of 30, 15 x 13 x 16 inches
Pueblo potters have dug clay from the earth for their pots, bowls, and jars for hundreds of years. They paint strikingly beautiful geometric patterns, rainbows, birds, dragonflies, and other animals, which seem imbued with sacred significance intertwined in their culture. This mystical and intriguing artistic talent can be seen in this sculpture, as we watch a Pueblo woman paint her masterpiece in her grandmother’s tradition.

RAISED IN HISTORIC Prescott, Arizona, Bill Nebeker is inspired by ranches, rodeos, Yavapai Indians, mountain men, law men, and outlaws who settled this town, and come to life in his sculptures. For 45 years, Nebeker’s work has been known for its authentic detail, subtle humor, beautiful horses, and quiet tributes to cowboys, Native peoples, and their cultures.

A member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1978, Bill has served three times as President, and won many awards.   His sculptures grace the floors of many western museums and several cities in Arizona and Colorado have commissioned him to sculpt larger than life sized public monuments.

 Notable Awards and Achievements:
2014    Prescott Frontier Days, Grand Marshall
2013    Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Purchase Award
2012    City of Prescott and Yavapai County, Lifetime Contribution in Arts Award
2009    Arizona Historical Society, Culture Keeper Award
2009    Cowboy Artists of America Annual Sale & Exhibition, Ray Swanson Memorial Award
1989    Cowboy Artists of America Annual Sale & Exhibition, Gold Metal for Sculpture and Best of Show

Cowboy Artists of America member since 1978; served as president in 1992, 1999, and 2008

Gallery Representation:
Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Spring, Colorado
Goodnight Trails Gallery, Mancos, Colorado
Great American West Gallery, Grapevine, Texas
Mountain Spirit Gallery, Prescott, Arizona
Pitzer’s Fine Art Gallery, Wimberley, Texas
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona & Jackson, Wyoming


Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

  $250 Member; $300 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

$450 Member; $500 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)


For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.


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