Quest for the West®

Open Now - Oct. 9

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
Josh Elliott, Calving Season, 2016
Oil, 24 x 58 in.

Another successful opening weekend for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has generated more than $900,000 to date for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the participating artists. More than 250 collectors and art enthusiasts participated Sept. 10 in the 11th annual show and sale, where they met and purchased works from leading Western artists. Quest for the West® now is open to the public, and all the works – including those sold – remain on display at the Eiteljorg Museum through October 9. Buyers can continue to purchase the unsold art until then.

“The creativity of the Western artists who present their works at the Eiteljorg Museum and the passion and enthusiasm of the collectors who seek out their art are key to the success of Quest for the West®, the only Western art show and sale hosted by a major museum east of the Mississippi,” Eiteljorg Museum President and CEO John Vanausdall said. “Not only is it one of our institution’s signature fund-raising events each year, Quest for the West® provides us an opportunity to support these inspired artists and thank loyal collectors who make it possible for the artists to pursue new creative heights.”

This year’s Quest for the West® also features a Collector of Distinction exhibition honoring Betsey Harvey, a founding member of the Western Art Society and former chair of the Eiteljorg board of directors. The exhibition now on public display at the Eiteljorg includes notable paintings from Harvey’s private collection, including works of Howard Terpning, Robert Griffing, Doug Hyde, Kenneth Riley and Mian Situ, among others. A special reception in recognition of Betsey Harvey’s instrumental role in the museum’s development took place Friday Sept. 9, with the Wright Brothers Band providing music.

Saturday evening at the Eiteljorg Museum, buyers mingled with the artists, savored the paintings and sculpture and entered their names into a luck-of-the-draw lottery for the chance to purchase the works. Continuing with a popular Eiteljorg tradition, a trumpeter playing a fanfare marked the start and end of each interval for entering the drawing. Collectors drawn first had the option to purchase the pieces they’d selected; if they passed, then the work was offered to the next drawn name until a buyer accepted.

The Eiteljorg Museum thanked the presenting sponsor of Quest for the West®, Cardinal Contracting, LLC, and thanked other sponsors, including Avis Industrial Corp., Ice Miller and the Western Art Society. The museum also thanked sponsors High Noon Western Americana of Los Angeles and the Maxwell Alexander Gallery of Culver City, Calif., as well as individual sponsors.

Works of art from Quest for the West® not already sold are still available for purchase through October 9. Proceeds from all sales will go toward museum operations and acquisition of the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award work of art. To view the Quest photo gallery click here

2016 Quest Award Recipients

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

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
Award Sponsor:
Western Art Society
Winner: Josh Elliott, Calving Season

Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
Award Sponsor:
Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Leppert
Winner: Greg Kelsey, Momma’s Not Bluffin’

Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
Award Sponsor:
Jane and Steve Marmon
Winner: Adam Smith, The Gathering Place

Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for the Best Overall Body of Work
Award Sponsor:
Catherine and Robert Turner
Winner: Glenn Dean

The Artists’ Choice Award
Award Sponsor:
Phyllis and Ed Cockerill
Winner: Michael Dudash, A Fight for Life, a Fight for a Way of Life

The Patrons’ Choice Award
Award Sponsor:
Booth Western Art Museum
Winner: Krystii Melaine, Haa’havehane – Wind Spirit, Cheyenne

Artist of Distinction Award
Peter Nisbet, Santa Fe, New Mexico, whose award was presented for the artist’s prominence in the field, the quality of his body of work and the regard in which he is held by patrons and artists.

Photo courtesy for home page graphic:

Roseta Santiago, On Taos Mountain, 2016

Oil, 16 x 20 inches

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