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Quest for the West Artist Brenda Murphy

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 20, 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 Brenda Murphy.

Murphy 2015 

Brenda Murphy
Born 1955, in Dallas, Texas; lives in Arlington, Texas


Young Lakota Hunter
2015, pencil, 14 x 9 inches

Coyote fur is greatly prized among Native Americans. The coyote head this young hunter wears was handed down to him by his Unci, his grandma, and had been worn by his uncles in the past as camouflage when hunting on the prairies. The buckskin shirt will protect him from the brush and sharp plains grass. As he grows and becomes a more skilled hunter, his shirt will become more ornate. In keeping with his family tradition, he will someday leave the head for future generations.


A NATIVE TEXAN, Brenda Murphy began drawing horses and other ranch animals when she was a young girl. Her love of drawing, and her favorite medium—pencil—have remained with her as a professional artist. She has tried other materials, including acrylics and watercolors, but always returns to pencil drawing.

Murphy earned a BFA degree in art from the University of Texas at Arlington, followed by work as an illustrator in Dallas. Her thoughts turned frequently to fine art and her desire to draw Western scenes. Gradually, her art shifted from commercial illustration to drawing the subjects she had imagined. She now seeks out cowboys and their livestock, and others whose ranching way of life she admires. Grateful that they have allowed her into their world, she admires them for carrying on a valuable Western tradition, one that she masterfully captures in black and white.

 Notable awards and achievements:
2008    National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Heart of the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2006    Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Cowgirl Up!, Show Museum Purchase Award
2005    National Museum of Wildlife Art, Miniatures and More Show, Patrons’ Choice Award

Gallery Representation:
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming 


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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