Quest for the West®

Sept. 8, 2017 - Oct. 8, 2017

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

Another successful Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale generated nearly $950,000 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 opening weekend festivities, where they met and purchased works from leading Western artists.

“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 featured 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.

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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