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Quest for the West Artist Gerald Balciar

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 10, 2015

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Gerald Balciar.
Balciar 2015

Born 1942, in Medford, Wisconsin; lives in Parker, Colorado

LIKE MANY artists, Gerald Balciar’s fascination with art began when he was a young boy. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, he was fascinated by the wild animals in the woods near his home, and taught himself to sketch them. In 1964, after learning to work in clay, he cast his first bronze, and later began to carve in stone as well.

Balciar’s empathy for animals, enhanced by careful research and occasional work from live models, forms the basis for his sympathetic portrayals of wildlife, which are admired by zoologists and wildlife advocates. His creations range from small works to monumental installations. His largest marble is the 18-foot, 16,000-pound cougar, Canyon Princess, carved from a single block and installed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In order to have the marble he prefers, he stores a huge supply near his studio and on land he owns near a quarry.

Trumpeter Pond
2015, bronze, edition of 30, 16 x 26 x 16 inches

There are places in Alaska where you can fly over the tundra and see one pair of trumpeter swans on every pond. It must be a territorial thing where there is room for just one pair per pond. I enjoy watching the swans in Wyoming, especially when they come flying through overhead. Swans mate for life. The male is called a cob and the female a pen. Their young are cygnets. 

Notable awards and achievements:
    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Keepsake
2012    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West, Norris Foundation Sculpture Award
2009    Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence
2009    The Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, People's Choice Award
2007    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award
1999    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, William E. Weiss Purchase
1991    National Academy of Western Art, Gold Medal Award
1990    National Academy of Western Art, Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyer’s Choice Award and Silver Medal Award
1985    National Academy of Western Art, Prix de West Purchase Award and Gold Medal Award

National Sculpture Society
Allied Artists of America
Society of Animal Artists
Northwest Rendezvous Group

Gallery representation:
Astoria Fine Art – Jackson, Wyoming
Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
Biltmore Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Knox Galleries, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Sorrel Sky Galleries – Durango, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico
Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas


Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

  $250 Member; $300 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

$450 Member; $500 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)


For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend. 

Quest for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.


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