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More Than $1 Million In Artwork Sold During Eiteljorg Museum's 10th Anniversary Quest for the West® Art Show And Sale

by Hyacinth Rucker | Sep 29, 2015
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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) — The 10th anniversary Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has generated more than $1.1 million dollars to date for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and artists. Buyers continue to purchase art from the show, which closes on Sunday, Oct. 11. Opening weekend activities that began Sept. 11attracted more than 300 collectors and art enthusiasts to the Eiteljorg to meet and purchase the work of 50 of the most celebrated Western artists in the country. The celebratory weekend featured a first-ever Quest event—a live auction of a painting by artist Martin Grelle that netted $150,000.  

“This is the third year in a row that we’ve hit the million dollar mark,” says John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg Museum president and CEO. “While that is always great news, it means even more in this milestone year. The success of this year’s event is an illustration that, over a decade, Quest has earned its place among the top Western shows and sales in the country. That is gratifying for our institution and our city.”

Quest for the West® is one of the Eiteljorg’s signature fundraisers. It is also the only Western art show and sale hosted by a major museum east of the Mississippi. Proceeds from Quest, which was presented by Ice Miller and the Western Art Society, go toward the artists, operations and building the Eiteljorg’s world-class collection. Collectors interested in purchasing the Quest art still available may visit the Quest gallery online. The sale officially closes Sunday, Oct. 11, along with the exhibition.

This year’s Quest activities also featured a “Collector of Distinction” exhibition honoring Wayne Rumley of Tulsa, OK. This exhibition will feature many of the most notable paintings from Rumley’s storied collection, including works by Howard Terpning, Tom Lovell, Bob Kuhn and Donald Teague.

2015 Quest award recipients

Artists awarded for excellence
During a gala held Saturday night, several artists and a collector were honored with awards:

2015 Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award, presented by the Western Art Society. Logan Maxwell Hagege for Land With No Time.  

The Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture, sponsored by Mike and Carla Leppert, to Greg Kelsey for Smells Like Spring.

The Henry Farny Award for Best Painting, sponsored Steve and Jane Marmon, to John Elliott for Distant Light.

The Victor Higgins Award of Distinction given for the best overall body of work, sponsored by Cathy and Bob Turner, to Jay Moore.

The Artists’ Choice Award, is sponsored by Ed and Phyllis Cockerill and  selected by this year’s Quest artists. This year, we have a tie for two winning painters -  Michael Dudash for Chasing the Light and Gladys Roldan de Moras for Devotion, San Jose.   

The Patrons Choice Award, sponsored by the Booth Western Art Museum and voted on by Quest for the West attendees, goes to Krystii Melaine for her painting, Spotted Horse and Mountain Lion, Yakama.

Collector of Distinction award goes to Betsey Harvey for her long support of the artists and her support of the Eiteljorg Museum. Betsey will be honored at the 2016 Quest with a special exhibit of selected works from her beautiful collection.

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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