Bill Nebeker was fortunate in many ways during this difficult past year of 2020. He was thankful the Autry Masters had a great show and sale before the COVID-19 hit the entire world so devastatingly hard. And though he and his wife, Merry, contracted the virus in late 2020, they are now fully recovered.
Nebeker’s 5,000-pound, 15-foot bronze, If Horses Could Talk, was installed in Prescott, Arizona, after almost a year of delays due to the virus’s affecting the foundry, city officials, and highway workers. It now stands at the Deep Well Ranch Road/Hwy 89 roundabout near the new airport terminal. The January 2020 issue of Western Art Collector featured images of this sculpture being cast, and Nebeker’s 50-year sculpting career, highlighting this completed monumental bronze, was featured in Prescott Living magazine’s 2020 Summer issue.
In February 2020, the Yavapai County Fallen Officers Memorial Committee chose him to create a larger-than-life bronze statue, Lest We Forget, to honor every officer who has given their life in the line of duty throughout the 150-year history of Prescott and the county. The historic Prescott Courthouse Plaza will be the beautiful setting for the unveiling of this sculpture in the spring of 2021. Nebeker felt blessed to get commissioned, as many of his galleries, art shows, and museum exhibitions were postponed, cancelled, went virtual online, or closed.
The Booth Western Art Museum, Bosque Arts Center, Briscoe Western Art Museum, Cheyenne Old West Museum, Desert Caballeros Museum, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Palm Springs Art Museum, Pearce Museum at Navarro College, Phippen Western Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and Pinedale Museum of the Mountain Man are all proud to have Nebeker’s bronze sculptures in their permanent collections.
Bill Nebeker is represented by Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Mountain Spirit Gallery, Prescott, Arizona; Texas Treasures Fine Art, Boerne, Texas; and Trailside Galleries–Online.