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Quest for the West artist Robert Peters

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 Robert Peters.
Peters 2015

Robert Peters
Born 1960 in Rochester, New York; lives in Prescott, Arizona

Stilled Waters
2015, oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches
For me, the excitement of painting seems to deepen each year. I particularly enjoy using the vast array of experiences and ideas I gather from the natural world, to create a distinctive personal expression. Studying directly from nature is a thrill that never wanes.

I OFTEN SEEK OUT THE STORY in a landscape,” says Robert Peters. Although he immerses himself in the landscapes he paints, seeking tales they have to tell, he is not a plein air painter. Rather, when he finds a landscape he wishes to paint, he sketches, notes color values and his impressions of the scene, and then completes the painting in his studio.

Growing up in Arizona, he loved being out of doors. It wasn’t until he was a student at Northern Arizona University that he took an art class. His interest and talent led him to a career as a freelance illustrator whose paintings appeared on the covers of publications such as US News and World Report.

For more than twenty-five years, he has worked as a landscape painter and is now a regular contributor to museum exhibitions such as Masters of the American West and Prix de West. Robert, his wife Nanette, and their two children currently reside near Prescott, Arizona.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2011    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for the best body of work
2006    U.S. Department of State, Art in the Embassies
2006    Scottsdale Gallery Association, Best of Scottsdale, Landscape
2000    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Top 100
1991    Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, Award of Merit (also 1989, 1987, 1986)

Gallery Representation:
The Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Bozeman Montana, and Jackson, Wyoming
McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Whistle Pik Galleries, 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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