Nesbitt Gallery to exhibit Alumni Hall of Fame artist

Graphic showing a painting of a western scene with the title "The Artwork of Bill Jaxon"

Nesbitt Gallery to exhibit Alumni Hall of Fame artist


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s newest art exhibit, “The Artwork of Bill Jaxon,” will open in the Nesbitt Gallery on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. A reception will be held in the gallery and is free and open to the public. 

Jaxon is a 1968 graduate of the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, now known as the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and was a 1996 inductee in to the USAO Alumni Association Hall of Fame. He is one of the most widely recognized and collected artists in the cowboy and Western art genre.

“For over 40 years as a professional artist, Bill Jaxon has taken a blank canvas and through his vision and talent transformed it into a colorful blend of life, love, humor and hope,” said Layne Thrift, Nesbitt Gallery director and assistant professor of art. “His original paintings sell for thousands of dollars and his limited edition prints for hundreds. His works sell quickly and constantly increase in value.”

When he was only eight years old, Jaxon won his first art competition at the national level. While in college, he designed billboards and signs for store windows and special events. After serving in the Air Force, he began a career as a commercial artist, doing architectural renderings, greeting cards, fashion designs and all types of advertising art. In addition to his commercial work, Jaxon was the senior illustrator for Oklahoma’s largest newspaper for several years.

In 2012, Jaxon suffered a debilitating stroke that paralyzed the entire right side of his body and confined him to a wheelchair, leaving him unable to create. Since February 2013, through strong will and determination, he has taught himself to draw using his left hand and continues to draw inspiration from new acquaintances as well as those near and dear to his heart.