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Museum Welcomes Buyers from Across the Nation to High-End Western Art Show, Sale

by User Not Found | Jun 27, 2014

For Immediate Release                              

For more information:
DeShong Perry-Smitherman
Public Relations Manager
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[NOTE: Full artist list attached. Interviews may be scheduled with artists and Eiteljorg curators. Contact Eiteljorg PR manager DeShong Perry-Smitherman to set dates/times.]

Museum Welcomes Buyers from Across the Nation to High-End Western Art Show, Sale
The Eiteljorg’s ninth annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale,
featuring top Western artists, sure to excite collectors and fans.

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – For nine years the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has been a premier national Western art event, offering coveted work from 50 of the nation’s top Western artists, and attracting collectors who compete for their paintings and sculptures. In the space of 50 minutes - during a thrilling, heart-pounding Saturday-night draw, artists learn if their works will be purchased on the spot. With paintings and sculptures ranging from $1,500 to $80,000, the stakes are high and the competitionis fierce as art stars face the buyers they hope will select their work. The excitement is sure to fill the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art again during this year’s Quest weekend, Sept. 5 – 7.

As the museum’s signature art sale, Quest captures the spirit of the American West. Last year’s event helped reel in more than $1.2 million for the artists and the Eiteljorg. Proceeds from Quest, which attracts hundreds of Western art enthusiasts nationwide, go toward operations and building the Eiteljorg’s world-class collection.

“Last year, we had more than 180 amazing works of art in our gallery during Quest,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “The money raised for the museum during that show, alone, helped the Eiteljorg tremendously.

“This year, we’re hoping to beat the record set in 2013. And -- with the outstanding artwork I’m already seeing come into the museum, I believe it’s possible.”

Artist of Distinction
Aside from the Quest sale, one Quest artist will be honored with a special reception and solo exhibit. Last year, Tucson-based painter, Don Crowley, was awarded the Artist of Distinction prize. His exhibit, titled: Quality of Character: The Art of Donald V. Crowley,will be shown from Sept. 5 - Nov. 16, 2014, in the museum’s Paul Gallery. Quality of Character will includeover 30 works by Crowley, whose paintings are especially expressive of the lives of the Native people in his region.

“Don Crowley paints astonishingly detailed still lifes and images of Paiute, Apache, Navajo, and other Native American peoples along with just a few cowboys and other denizens of the Southwest,” said James H. Nottage, Eiteljorg vice president and chief curatorial officer. “For the most part, his work gives us images of living people who are an important part of life in the West today. 

“Don Crowley painstakingly creates compositions that convey not just the character of his subjects, but lets us see them as real people with emotions and a soul.”

Crowley was a successful commercial artist in the East for more than 20 years. But, the American West captured his attention in 1974. He moved to Arizona and captured a unique vision of living Native peoples and the land they occupy. His work is featured in a number of museum and private collections around the country. He has been a member of the exclusiveCowboy Artists of America since 1994, has shown his work with the Tucson 7 artists group, and was the first participant to be invited to the newly-conceived Quest in 2006.A photo of his painting, The Critics, can be seen below.  Previous Artist of Distinction honorees include John Coleman, Doug Hyde, George Hallmark, Robert Griffing, Daniel Smith and Curt Walters.

Opening Weekend Activities
Opening weekend activities include the art sale, gala, events at the homes of local Western art collectors and presentation of several coveted awards, including The Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award which adds an important artwork to the museum’s permanent collection.

Reservations are required for weekend activities. Participation costs $300 per person ($250 for Eiteljorg Museum members) and includes an exhibition catalog, bid book and attendance at all related events. There are special prices for couples.

More information on the show and sale can be found in the Quest for the West section of  The site also allows visitors to find artist profiles, images of works for sale, a full schedule of events and much more.

The exhibition will open to the public Sunday, Sept.7. Art not sold at the Sept. 6 sale may be purchased from the Eiteljorg Museum through Sunday, Oct. 5.

Donald Crowley, The Critics
1990, oil on canvas, 54 x 68 in.

Booth Western Art Museum permanent collection, Cartersville, Georgia.

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. This year, the Eiteljorg celebrates 25 years of telling amazing stories. The museum’s 25thanniversary is presented by Oxford Financial Group, LTD. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit


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