Rabbit, William E. "Bill"

William E. "Bill" Rabbit
Date of Birth: 
1946
Place of Birth: 
Casper, WY.

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Biography:
 
     William E. "Bill" Rabbit, the renown Cherokee artist, is the father of Traci Rabbit, a very tallented artist in her own right. Bill was born in 1946 in Casper, WY. As a child, Bill was strongly influenced by the stories told by Cherokee elders. Many of Bill's early paintings were detailed depictions of everyday activities of the early Cherokee settlers in Oklahoma. over time, Bill's painting style has evolved from the realistic to the ethereal. Bill paints as he feels, not according to the public's expectations. Bill has stated, "I came to the realization early on that if you have the courage to do the best you can & the courage to put it in front of the public & if you can learn to accept rejection, then you can do whatever you want to do."
     Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Bill lives in Pryor, OK.
Bill has worked as a salesman, deputy sheriff, welder, shop & gallery owner, jeweler & artist. Bill currently shares a studio in Pryor with his daughter Traci.
     Bill has exhibited his artwork extensively & has won numerous awards at the Albuquerque (NM) Museum, the Cherokee National Museum (Tahlequah, OK), the Five Civilized Tribes Museum (Muskogee, OK), the Red Cloud Indian School Heritage Center Inc. Collection (Pine Ridge, SD), the Indian Arts & Crafts Association (Albuquerque, NM), the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials (Gallup/Church Rock, NM), the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing Arts' Night of the First Americans (Washington, D.C.), the Paul VI Institute for the Arts' Let the Spirit Speak! (Washington, D.C.), the Anniston (AL) Museum of Natural History, the Native American Center for the Living Arts (Niagara Falls, NY), the Oklahoma Art Center Gallery's All-Oklahoma Indian Artists Invitational (Oklahoma City, OK), the Oklahoma Indian Art Program (Tulsa, OK), the Oklahoma State Capitol (Oklahoma City, OK), the Prairie Fire Invitational Art show (Wichita, KS), the Red Cloud Indian School - The Heritage Center's Red Cloud Indian Art show (Pine Ridge, SD), the Red Earth Festival (Oklahoma City, OK), the Southwestern International Round-up Tri-culture Art show (El Paso, TX), the Tulsa (OK) Art Festival & Pow Wow, the Trail of Tears State Park Gallery (Cape Girardeau County, MO) & the University of West Virginia (Morgantown, WV). In 1987, Bill had a solo exhibition at the Cherokee National Museum.
     Bill's artwork is featured in numerous private & public art collections, including the Cherokee National Museum, the Five civilized Tribes Museum, the Red cloud Indian School Heritage Center Inc. Collection, the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials, the Native American Center for the Living Arts, the Scottsdale (AZ) National Indian Art Exhibition & the Trail of Tears State park Gallery collection.
     Bill was the poster artist for the 1984 Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials. In 1986, Bill was designated a Master Artist by the Five civilized Tribes Museum. Bill was the poster artist for the 1988 Totah Festival (Farmington, NM). In 1989, Bill was the Artist of the Year & poster artist for the American Indian & Cowboy Artists National Western Art Exhibit (San Dimas, CA). In 1992, Bill was one of eight Indian artists featured in the Oklahoma State Capitol's Year of the Indian exhibit. In 1994, Bill was the featured artist for the Tulsa Art Festival & Pow Wow.
 
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