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Quest for the West artist Eric Michaels

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 Eric Michaels.

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Eric Michaels
Born 1948, in Chicago, Illinois; lives in Blaine, Washington

PERHAPS THE MOST distinctive feature of Eric Michaels' paintings is its international flavor. His subject matter spans four continents and both hemispheres. Painting in these far-flung locations has given him a keen grasp of local light conditions and has allowed him to participate in the native experience. His deep empathy and technical virtuosity take him straight to the heart of the pastoral scenes and human pageants he portrays.

Michaels' work hangs in private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the United States, and he is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, the National Watercolor Society and the Pastel Society of America.

National Watercolor Society
Oil Painters of America
Pastel Society of America
The Outdoor Painters Society

Gallery Representation:
Breckenridge Gallery, Breckenridge, Colorado
Longcoat Fine Art, Ruidoso, New Mexico
Marta Stafford Fine Art, Marble Falls, Texas

2015, oil, 16 x 12 inches

For almost a third of my professional career, I have been invited by the Eiteljorg Museum to be a contributor to the Quest for the West exhibition. Not only is it a privilege to hang my artwork in such an august institution, it is incredible honor to exhibit my paintings alongside some of the great chroniclers of the contemporary and historic West.


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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