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Thursday, May 8th, 2014
RCA Remembers Bill Hildebrand

The Art Center lost a dear friend when Bill Hildebrand passed away in May of 2014. Bill's involvement with the Art Center spans over many years and countless activities. From organizing the Artist booths at Art Festival, to hanging the Members' Gallery each month, and so much more, Bill was present in every aspect of the Art Center's activities. Bill made friends with every artist he met, whether at the Art Festival, the Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair, or when teaching pottery classes at the Art Center. He also played an instrumental role in the Port Aransas Art Center's new building project. 

Bill, we will miss you. You were a tireless volunteer, a steward of the arts in the Coastal Bend, and a loyal friend to the Art Center. Things won't be the same without you.

Read the full obituary below:

Bill Hildebrand was born December 22, 1946 in Reno, Nevada. He joined the U.S. Navy after graduation from high school. He later attended Central Carolina College in Durham, NC. He graduated Cum Laude with a BA Degree in Education. Bill's love of gardening and plants pushed him back to school where he also earned an Associate Degree in Horticulture from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Bill's introduction to the world of clay began in Gattlinberg, TN, when he attended Arrowmont, and this began his love affair with clay. 

Bill and his partner Sam moved to Rockport in 1993 and immediately became involved in any event that would expand the art community or create community awareness. The Rockport Center for the Arts, The Hummingbird Festival, Friends of Connie Hagar, Halloween on the Harbor, the Texas State Kite Festival, founding member of the South Rockport Neighbors Association and of course, the Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair, have all been recipients of the blood, sweat, and energy from Bill Hildebrand and Sam Williams. 

Bill is survived by his loving life partner of 37 years, Sam Williams, Sam's son, Danny Williams, Grandaughter Katy and Grandson Cody of Colorado Springs, CO; His beloved sister, Dianne Canady and nephew Ernest (Naomie) Canady. He also leaves behind his devoted dog, Boo, countless students of clay and dear friends from all over the world. 

The Port Aransas Art Center is one of Bill's "babies" from the early conception to the present growing pains they are experiencing with the new building project. In lieu of flowers we would like to ask that you either consider a monetary donation or donate of piece of your craft to the Port Aransas Art Center to go towards the building fund. (The Port Aransas Art Center, P.O Box 1175, Port Aransas, TX, 78373.)

During his life, Bill touched the lives of so many through his gentle teachings, his love of music, trivia, passion for cooking, gardening, and his love of clay. A private service will be held. However, please feel free to watch a sunrise or a sunset -- and think of our friend Bill.