Quest for the West
The selection process is complete for artists to be featured in Quest for the West® 2014. We are currently accepting applications for artists who would like to be featured in Quest for the West® 2015. Download the application by clicking here.
Quest for the West
2013 Artist of Distinction Award Winner
Don Crowley, The Moccasin Maker, 2013, Oil, 24 x 24 inches

Quest for the West 2014

After a successful Quest 2013 work is now under way on Quest 2014. Check back in the coming months for more information about participating artists, the weekend’s schedule, and to view art that will be included in the show. Quest for the West® takes place September 5-7, 2014.

Quest for the West 2013

A tremendous display of paintings, sculptures and bronzes capturing the spirit of the American West helped reel in more than $1,200,000 to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, during opening weekend of the eighth annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale. Proceeds from the event, which attracts hundreds of Western art enthusiasts nationwide, support museum operations and building the Eiteljorg’s world-class collection.

Last year’s Quest opening raised $870,000 for the Eiteljorg. This year’s million-dollar plus paycheck shattered the 2012 opening – with an astounding 35 percent increase.

“We had more than 180 amazing pieces for sale in our gallery,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg Museum president and CEO. “With such an extraordinary body of work – by 50 renowned artists in one room – this museum has positioned itself as a national resource for art of the West.”
Check out photos from the 2013 opening weekend

Quest for the West is significant for the Eiteljorg Museum. It is the only Western art show and sale hosted by a major museum east of the Mississippi. Guests from across the country visit Indianapolis to seek and buy some of the best traditional Western art being created by today’s leading Western artists.

Also, renowned sculptor, John Coleman, is concurrently featured in a special exhibition of his work at the Eiteljorg for winning the Artist of Distinction Award at Quest in 2012.  This show, Honored Life: The Art of John Coleman, will be on view until Nov. 17.

2013 Quest award recipients

Artists awarded for excellence
At the Quest for the West awards gala, artists were recognized for their work. Award categories and recipients are:

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
, presented by Western Art Society
John Buxton, A Secret Cache

Artist of Distinction Award, presented by Western Art Society
Donald V. Crowley The artist will be honored with a one-man show at Quest 2013.

Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for best body of work in the show, presented by Catherine and Robert Turner 
Daniel Smith

Henry Farny Award for Best Painting, presented by Steve and Jane Marmon
Robert Griffing, Family

Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture, presented by Mike and Carla Leppert
Blair Buswell, How Many More

Artists’ Choice Award
Chosen by attending artists.
Blair Buswell, How Many More

Patrons’ Choice Award, presented by Booth Western Art Museum
Chosen by attending patrons.
Robert Griffing, Family

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