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Quest for the West® starts Friday, Olympian Billy Mills dashes in and introducing New Art 2.0!

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For Immediate Release                                  

For more information:
DeShong Perry-Smitherman
Public Relations Manager
(317) 275-1352

Quest for the West® starts Friday, Olympian Billy Mills dashes in and introducing New Art 2.0!
Fall at the Eiteljorg brings high-end artwork, a Native American gold
 and a new art show and sale that is perfect for beginning collectors!


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Quest for the West® Art Show & Sale Opening Weekend
Dates: Sept. 5-7
Fee for opening weekend.

Beginning Friday, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will welcome 50 of the nation’s premier Western artists to show and sell their work during the ninth annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale. This event attracts hundreds of collectors Western art enthusiasts from around the world who compete for paintings and sculptures ranging from $1,500 to $80,000. As the museum’s signature art sale, Quest captures the spirit of the American West. Last year’s event helped earn more than $1.2 million for the artists and the Eiteljorg. Proceeds from Quest, go toward operations and building the Eiteljorg’s world-class collection. Art work is on exhibit until Sunday, Oct. 5. (Attached image: Heide Presse, Young Pioneers, 2014, Oil on linen, $4,800)

Beyond American Indian Stereotypes: A Symposium for Educators
Date: Sept. 13
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fee: $10

Define, discuss and learn to recognize stereotypes about American Indians. Guests will hear from nationally-known educators, including Adrienne Keene, Ed.D. (Cherokee), writer and creator of Native Appropriations blog and Melodie Lopez (Hopi/Navajo/Pueblo/Mexican), president of Indigenous Strategies. They will also participate in interactive breakout sessions. Attendees will leave with a tool kit of resources to incorporate information about American Indians in interdisciplinary studies. Call 317.275.1310 to register.

Meet Artist-in-Residence, Dawn Dark Mountain (Oneida of Wisconsin)
Dates: Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Dawn specializes in transparent watercolors. In addition to her paintings, Dawn creates linoleum and wood block prints that are then completed with watercolor. Visitors can learn about Dawn’s culture and watch as she demonstrates her techniques.

Pendleton Trunk Show
Date: Sept. 27
10 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Guests can see the latest in Pendleton accessories and giftware for the coming holiday season. Plus, they’ll be able to purchase current fall jackets, sweaters and accessories.

Navajo Rug Auction
Date: Oct.  4

8:30-9:30 a.m.     
Museum Members Preview
9:30-11 a.m.    
Preview for General Public
11:30 a.m.           
Auction Begins
Navajo rugs are available in traditional and contemporary designs. They range in price from less than $100 to $10,000. The average rug sells for $350.00.

Meet Artist-in-Residence, DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama)
Dates: Oct. 11, 18 and 25
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Contemporary Native American Artist DG House will teach about her art and culture. Guests may also watch her demonstrate her mixed media and painting techniques.

Ledger Art Workshop
Date: Oct. 18
10 a.m. – Noon
Materials Fee: Members $10/Non-Members $12

Join Artist-in-Residence DG House for this one-of-a-kind workshop and learn about the history of ledger art explained through the story of the Battle of Little Bighorn. With DG’s guidance, participants will create their own personal ledger art to take home. Please pre-register by Saturday, Oct. 11 at 317.275.1370.

17th Annual Buckaroo Bash
Date: Oct.  18
7 p.m.
Price: $200

The Buckaroo Bash is the Eiteljorg Museum’s biggest fundraiser. Proceeds from the event help purchase art supplies for visiting students and support education programs such as artists in residence, gallery interpreters and the Museum to the Classrooms: Stories of Diversity program.

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos
Date: Oct. 25
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This year, NOPAL (a multicultural arts organization that seeks to enhance Latino-American arts in Indianapolis and surrounding cities), is partnering with the Eiteljorg to provide an upbeat experience during Day of the Dead. The event will including festive and thoughtful ofrendas (altars that honor deceased loved ones); art created by local artists; a mercado; and a Katrina fashion show. Entertainment will be provided by NOPAL Musicians and Anderson Ballet Folklorico. Guests may visit with New Mexican tin artist, Richard Gabriel Jr., and local contemporary papel picado artist Beatriz Schlebecker. Guests will get to create their own papel picado and tin ornament to take home.

Freiteljorg” with the ICO
Date: Oct. 31
8 p.m. – Midnight
Price: $20 for non-Agave members, $30 at the door

Celebrate the opening of New Art 2.0 by partying until the witching hour in your most haunting attire. Enjoy a costume contest and grown-up trick-or-treating, while grooving to an unforgettable live mash-up featuring DJ Kyle Long and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. (Costumes mimicking Native Americans or people of other races will not be tolerated.)

New Art 2.0
Dates: Nov. 1 – Jan. 4, 2015

New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints by contemporary Native and Western artists, many of them Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellows. It is a blend of landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Eighty limited-edition prints will be on exhibit. Prices range from $500 - $4,000.

Meet Native American Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills | Running Bravely through Life
Date: Nov. 8
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Olympic gold medalist, Billy Mills’, incredible life story started on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1938. That journey took him from the reservation to the 1964 Olympic medal platform at the Tokyo Games after he won the gold medal. Billy’s victorious 10,000-meter run inspired the movie “Running Brave.” Guests attending this event will watch the movie and join Mills in a conversation about his life, his fight against racism and his work as a humanitarian for Native American causes. Mills will also sign his book, Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding, following the program.

Meet Artist-in-Residence, Shirley Brauker (Little River Band of Ottawa)
Dates: Nov. 8, 15, 22
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Shirley Brauker teaches pottery, traditional crafts, wilderness emergency survival, campfire cooking and traditional storytelling at Indian Village camps in Manistee, Mich., an outdoor wilderness program for troubled Native youth. Meet Shirley and learn about her art and culture on several Saturdays in November.

Clay Animal Effigy Workshop with Shirley Brauker (Little River Band Odawa)
Date: Nov. 15
10 a.m. – Noon
Materials Fee: Members $10/Non-Members $12

Join Shirley for an introduction to Anishinaabe culture and learn how to create three-dimensional clay animal by hand. Shirley will demonstrate the technique for creating several animals and will assist participants as they creating their own unique piece using air-dry clay. Please pre-register by Saturday, Nov. 8, at 317.275.1370.

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure
Nov. 22 – Jan. 18, 2015

Enter a locomotive wonderland--a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with chugging trains and wrapped up in holiday trimming. Jingle Rails is a journey to the Great American West – the real West and the West of the imagination.

Thanksgiving Weekend
Dates: Nov. 28 – 29
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend at the Eiteljorg Museum. Watch artist demonstrations; listen as Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) tells stories; create art and see the museum’s annual holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails.

Winter Market
Dec. 6
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Shop the season’s best regional art market with handmade art from more than 30 artists. Winter Market features activities for the whole family.

Linocut Workshop*
Date: Dec. 13
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Included with museum admission*.
Join contemporary art curators Jennifer Complo-McNutt and Ashley Holland for a hands-on introduction to the art of linoleum block printmaking, an easy and fun form of relief printing. Learn the process of creating a linoleum block print – from sketching a design, to carving the block, to inking and finally pulling a one-of-a-kind print. Pre-registration required by Saturday, Dec. 6. Call 317.275.1310.  *Due to the use of sharp tools, this workshop is limited to participants age 10 and up.

About the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
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. 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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