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Quest for the West artist John Moyers

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 John Moyers.

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John Moyers
Born 1958, in Atlanta, Georgia; lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Purple Mountains Majesty
2015, oil on board, 20 x 30 inches
When I paint, I have to be as accurate as I can be. People can then see, for years to come, how Mexican cowboys dressed in the 1860s, or the gear southwestern cowboys used in the early 20th century. It’s all about being authentic.

FROM AN EARLY AGE, John Moyers knew he wanted to be an artist. The son of renowned cowboy artist William Moyers, John grew up in Albuquerque, drawing and painting on a daily basis.  After high school, John spent a year at the Laguna College of Art and Design before enrolling at the California Institute of the Arts under a Disney scholarship that emphasized drawing. When John returned to New Mexico, he began painting from life — working with models and painting on location, rather than relying on photographs for reference. John’s work typically begins with research into historical events, period attire and tools, and subtle trends that emerged and evolved during the frontier era.

Today, John is one of the most respected painters working in the western and cowboy genres, and his depictions of the contemporary and historical West are among the most sought after on the art market. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, fellow artist Terri Kelly Moyers. The two share a studio adjacent to their home on the edge of the city, and take full advantage of their New Mexico location, making frequent excursions to paint on location, capturing scenes rooted in the state’s cowboy, Native American, and Hispanic cultures. (Bio by AJ Mangum)

Gallery Representation:
Claggett-Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
Nedra Matteucci, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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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