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Quest for the West artist Howard Post

by Quest artist Howard Post | Aug 29, 2013

When I was first invited to show in the Eiteljorg Museum’s New Art of the West show 23 years ago I thought, “How peculiar, a museum for western American art in Indianapolis of all places…” Of course after visiting the museum and learning the story of the Eiteljorg family and their great love of Indian and Western art, I was pleasantly surprised, particularly to be a part of what I consider one of the premier museums in the country. From my first involvement with the Eiteljorg my experiences have been first rate, a real treat.

Obviously, as an artist it’s an honor to be invited to participate in any of the museum shows, but particularly so to have that opportunity with Quest for the West at a major venue like the Eiteljorg.

Howard Post
Corrals in the Country, 2013
Oil
12 X 24 in.

Howard Post
Distant Storm, 2013
Oil
40 x 30 in.

Howard Post
Two in the Canyon, 2013
Oil
24x36 in.

One of the impressive things about Quest and the Eiteljorg is how the support base has grown over the years. Obviously, in a Midwest setting, the Western genre is not the most typical or prominent in the area, yet the strong and consistent collector list for the museum seems to grow each year. As one of the artists, we’d love to take credit for that. How can people resist such great work? Of course, honesty and modesty kick in to credit the efforts of the staff and countless others associated with the museum to help make it happen.

I will mention one of the challenges for a participating artist. With the invitation comes the subconscious pressure to  provide your very best work to the show. Knowing you will be hanging with a group of 50 quality artists is a welcome challenge for sure, but brings with it a self imposed pressure never the less. Personally, I simply try to stay focused on portraying my own perspective of the West I know, executing it the best I can, and hoping viewers will discover something that speaks to them.

2013 Quest for the West® artist Howard Post

MORE ON THE 8TH ANNUAL QUEST FOR THE WEST® ART SHOW AND SALE
Opening weekend: Sept. 6 & 7

Some of the world’s most celebrated artists, whose work captures the spirit and strength of the American West and Native cultures, will exhibit and offer for sale prized paintings, drawings and sculptures during the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale. Quest features 50 artists whose exceptional work attracts art enthusiasts and collectors from across the nation. Guests will appreciate the unique opportunity to meet the artist(s) whose precious work(s) may become their newest acquisitions. Collectors unable to attend opening weekend may register as absentee buyers and purchase art from afar. A Friday evening reception will honor 2012 Quest Artist of Distinction John Coleman and open a special exhibit of his work. The Quest exhibit is open to the public Sept. 8 through Oct. 6. The Coleman show closes Nov. 17.

* Visitors must pay to attend this event: Reservations are required for weekend activities. Participation costs $300 per person ($250 for Eiteljorg Museum members) and includes an exhibition catalog, bid book and attendance at all related events. There are special prices for couples. More information on the show and sale can be found in the Quest for the West section of www.eiteljorg.org.  The site also allows visitors to find artist profiles, images of works for sale, a full schedule of events and much more.

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