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Quest for the West Artist Veryl Goodnight

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 17, 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 Veryl Goodnight,

Goodnight 2015

Veryl Goodnight
Born 1947 in Denver, Colorado, lives in Mancos, Colorado

WORKING FROM LIFE is what keeps Veryl Goodnight excited about her work, and what keeps her art from becoming repetitious. As a child she dreamed of having a horse and this desire became the impetus for her art. The subtle differences of each living being became her passion. Working outdoors near the horses, birds, and other animals is a benefit as she draws her inspiration from living things.

From her acreage in Southwestern Colorado overlooking Mesa Verde National Park, Goodnight draws inspiration for her art from the dramatic scenery and the residents and animals of the area. Her work has evolved from depicting only animals to sculpting people and animals in harmony together. She is a sought after instructor of equine sculpture classes and workshops. Veryl was honored with a 40 yr. retrospective show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in April of 2011. Back From the Brink, an over life-sized sculpture chronicling Mary Anne Goodnight bottle raising orphaned bison calves, was unveiled during the opening of the Goodnight Historical Center near Claude, Texas in October 2012.


Silent Passage
2015, oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches

The red fox is one of my favorite subjects. I have watched them right out my studio window on several occasions and captured them with the motion camera many times. They are small and despite coat colors that range from strawberry blonde to deep red, they always seem to blend into their surroundings. It is this elusive quality that I tried to capture - the need to look twice just to be sure your eyes aren’t tricking you - as this swift and nervous little canine slips through the forest.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
   Desert Caballeros Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Best of Show
2011    Gilcrease Museum, Retrospective Exhibit
2007    Back From the Brink, monument placed at Camp Tecumseh, Indiana, 2007, and the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas, 2007
2005    The Bronc, monument placed at The Wildlife Experience Museum, Denver, Colorado
2002    No Turning Back, monument placed at University of Nebraska
1997    The Day the Wall Came Down, 25% over life size, five horses jumping over crumbled pieces of the Berlin Wall to Freedom. Placed at the George H. Bush Presidential Library, 1997

Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, FNSS
Northwest Rendezvous
Society of Animal Artists

Gallery Representation:
Goodnight Trail Gallery in Mancos, Colorado
Medicine Man Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tucson, Arizona
Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona
Whistle Pik Galleries in 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.


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