Houston Treasure for 2020
Photo by: Jeff Myers Photography
Bill and Valerie, his wife of 38 years, have contributed art to countless fundraisers. Particularly special is his 1996 collaboration with Chair Carolyn Farb for Marvin Zindler’s Million Dollar Dream where Bill transformed the Hyatt Ballroom with 110 glass angels. This event raised a record breaking 1.3+ million, heightening the bar for future events.
Other special memories are a heart sculpture Warner Roberts commissioned for the “Celebration Of Hearts” art collection in the permanent museum in Texas Heart Institute’s Denton A. Cooley Building; 70 dog and cat centerpieces for CAPS centerpieces; a sculpture honoring philanthropist Drayton McLane presented on the pitcher’s mound; snowflake mobiles and 25 sculptures for a Houston Museum of Natural Science gala; and even receiving Raquel Welch’s kiss while presenting a sculpture for AMFAR. Many public commissions include a donor wall and life size “Emerging Woman” for The Women’s Home, an 11’ cross for Tulsa’s St. Francis Hospital, numerous churches, and murals and large sculptures throughout Beth Yeshurun Synagogue.
Bill’s sculpture exhibits have been hosted by Tiffany’s, Neiman Marcus, Wells Fargo Plaza, Allen Center, and Houston Visitor’s Center, to name a few. Sculptures are in permanent collections of the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum, Museum of South Texas, Richland College, Baylor College of Medicine, and Methodist Hospital. Countless private collectors of Bill’s art include four Houston mayors, Carolyn Farb, Pearl Fincher, Lee Iacocca, Sue & Lester Smith, Darla Lexington, Regina Rogers, Philomena Baird, Herb Kelleher/Southwest Airlines, Allan Becker, Peter Holt/Spurs, Warner Roberts, and bestselling author Judith McNaught.
Bill has received significant Houston news media attention and is featured in two award-winning documentary films, “Meek’s Broken Glass” and “The Alchemist,” which describe the artist’s methods and philosophy.
Bill’s proudest accomplishment is his long-term partnership with Valerie. His proudest legacies are sons, Buck and Dylan Meek, both successful musicians based in New York and Los Angeles.