Hill, Bobby "White Buffalo"

Date of Birth: 
March 24, 1933
Place of Birth: 
Lawton, Ok
Date of Death: 
June 7, 1984

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Biography:
 
      The Kiowa artist Bobby Hill used the name White Buffalo in his career as a professional artist.  He was born on March 24, 1933 in Lawton, OK.  He graduated from Anadarko (OK) High School in 1953.  Bobby joined the U.S. Air Force, received training as a draftsman & served in Korea.  Bobby worked as a technical illustrator, a commercial artist, a promotional director for manufacturing companies, a scenic artist & set designer, a free-lance artist & a painter.  He made his home in Anadarko, OK.  Bobby worked in watercolor.
      Bobby exhibited his artwork at the American Indian Exposition (Anadarko, OK), where he won awards for his artwork three years in a row including the Grand Award in 1969.  Bobby also exhibited at the Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa, OK) & the Peabody Museum of Salem, MA.  Bobby was given a solo exhibition at the Southern Plains Indian Museum & Craft Center (Anadarko, OK) & participated in its Contemporary Southern Plains Indian Painting touring exhibit in 1972. 
      Bobby received commisions from the Southern Plains Indian Museum & Craft Center for exhibit projects, including a Ghost Dance shirt in 1967.  In 1974, Bobby received a commision from the Oklahoma Indian Arts & Crafts Cooperative (Anadarko) for two Southern Plains Indian tipis.
      Bobby's artwork is featured in several private & public art collections, including the Carnegie (OK) High School, the Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff) & the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Arts & Crafts Board (Washington, D.C.).  Bobby Hill died on June 7, 1984.              
 
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