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Quest for the West artist Craig Tennant

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 Craig Tennant.
Tennant 2015

Craig Tennant
Born 1946, in New Jersey; lives in Golden, Colorado

Tennant_Crossing_the_Valleys
Crossing the Valleys
2015, oil, 20 x 30 inches
We all enjoy walking or riding through the valleys, the problems arise when we have to climb the mountains on the other side.

CRAIG TENNANT BEGAN HIS EARLY art training in 1967 with Grey Advertising in New York. Starting in the mat room he quickly moved to mechanicals, and then was made the Assistant Art Director for the Kool Aid account. In 1970, he joined the staff of illustrators at BBD&O, where he worked on a variety of major, national accounts.

In 1989, Tennant moved to Colorado to focus on western oil paintings. He started his own publishing business, Cheyenne Press, in 1994, to promote his work. The same year, he was voted 21st in the nation’s top print artists (by a U.S. Art Magazine survey of over 850 galleries nationwide.) In 1996 Tennant was commissioned by the Park Meadows Shopping Resort to paint a Colorado scene for the Nordstrom entrance.

His work has appeared on the covers of Western Lifestyles, Wild West, The Equine Image, Rocky Mountain Rider, Colorado Country Life, Muzzleloader and Beef magazines. He has been the subject of additional feature articles in Western Horseman, Art of the West, Western Lifestyles, Southwest Art, American Cowboy, US Art, InformArt and others. Four of his Native American paintings are shown in Crabtree Publishing's Native Nations of North America series of children's books published in 2001.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2014    Oil Painters of America, Gold Medal
2014    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
2013    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
2012    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
2009    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Frederic Remington Painting Award
2008    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Buyer's Choice Award
2007    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Featured Artist (also 2005 and 2006)
2004    Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, People’s Choice Award (also 2001 and 2002)
2001    Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, People’s Choice Award (also 2000)

Memberships:
Oil Painters of America

WANT TO REGISTER FOR QUEST OPENING WEEKEND (SEPT. 11- 13)?
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.

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

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

•  ABSENTEE BUYER OR PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BID BOOKS: $150/bid book
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)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE (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 khinds@eiteljorg.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.

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