Quest for the West

Quest for the West® Art Show And Sale

Opening Weekend
Sept. 9 - 11, 2016

$1.2M Sold During Opening Weekend in 2015

Logan Maxwell Hagege, Land With No Time, 2015
Oil on linen, 40 x 40 in.

The 10th anniversary Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has sold 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. 11 attracted 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.

2015 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:
the Western Art Society
Winner: Logan Maxwell Hagege for Land With No Time 

Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
Award Sponsor:
Mike and Carla Leppert
Winner: Greg Kelsey for Smells Like Spring

Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
Award Sponsor:
Steve and Jane Marmon
Winner: John Elliott for Distant Light

Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for the Best Overall Body of Work
Award Sponsor: Cathy and Bob Turner
Winner: Jay Moore

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

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

Collector of Distinction Award
Award Sponsor:
the Western Art Society

Winner: 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.

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