Quest for the West®

Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale
Opening Weekend
Sept. 8 - 9, 2017
Exhibit Open to the Public
Sept. 10 - Oct. 8, 2017

Gladys Roldan-de-Moras, Texas Spring, 2017
Oil, 18 x 24 inches

Welcome to the 12th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale. On behalf of the Western Art Society, we welcome you to the Eiteljorg Museum in the heart of beautiful downtown Indianapolis. We are proud to host this year’s group of artists, who are some of the most talented and sought-after names in the Western art world.


Western Art Society members Bob and Cathy Turner have invited registered guests to visit their beautiful home on Friday afternoon for food and fun. The new Miniatures Sale on Friday evening, featuring works by our participating Quest artists, is intended to appeal to the new and experienced art collector alike. Guests will also be able to take home art purchased that same night. Proceeds from this special event will support the museum’s educational programs for local youth.

We sincerely hope that luck is with you as your name is drawn at the art show and sale on Saturday evening, and that your personal “quest for the West” rewards you with the art piece of your choice. This year’s Eiteljorg Keepsake, a limited-edition bronze casting created by Quest artist Curt Mattson, will be awarded to guests who participate in the special drawing. And be sure to view a special exhibition showcasing the work of P. A. Nisbet, the Eiteljorg’s 2016 Artist of Distinction.

We are confident that this annual reunion weekend promises to entertain, educate, and provide the perfect environment for an enjoyable weekend. We look forward to meeting you in Indianapolis, the crossroads of America.

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for next year’s show, September 7–9, 2018. 

2017 Quest Co-chairs
Patty Gibbs
Gita Osborne 

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
P.A. 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.

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