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Quest for the West artist Rock Newcomb

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 Rock Newcomb.
Newcomb 2015

Rock Newcomb
Born 1945, in Oakland, California; lives in Payson, Arizona

Western Tonto Apache Territory – “Devil’s Chasm”
2015, acrylic, 30 x 20 inches
The U.S. Army began its campaign against the Tontos of east-central Arizona in the late 1800’s. Entire bands hid in very isolated and remote areas like the one shown in the painting. This area, known today as “Devil’s Chasm,” offered what the Tonto fugitives required – rough, almost inaccessible terrain, fresh water, shelter, edible wild plants, and game. It was almost impossible for the cavalry to approach without being seen or heard from great distances, usually giving the Tontos ample time to “melt” into the landscape.

GROWING UP IN southern Idaho on the family homestead, Newcomb encountered numerous types of wildlife. Traveling throughout the West, in later life, he was able to observe most of the wild creatures and incorporate many of them into his paintings. Earning advanced art degrees in southern California, Newcomb taught art in the public sector for more than two decades.

Moving to Payson, Arizona in the late 1990’s, Rock continued portraying wildlife, in addition to painting historic and pre-Columbian peoples, ruins, and artifacts of the American Southwest, and indigenous subjects of the American plains, plateaus, basins, and Northwest coast. Newcomb and his wife, Cody, travel extensively throughout the United States seeking very rare and seldom displayed subjects for his paintings.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2015    NatureWorks Fine Art Show, Best of Show
2014    Gilcrease Museum, Collectors' Reserve Art Exhibition and Sale, Presidential Purchase
2014    NatureWorks Fine Art Show, Directors’ Award
2013    San Dimas Festival of Western Art, Best of Show
2013    NatureWorks Fine Art Show, Best of Show
2011    Gilcrease Museum, Collectors’ Reserve Art Exhibition and Sale, Williams Award/President’s Choice
2010    Briscoe Western Art Museum, Night of Artists, Best Body of Work
2008    Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale, First Place Acrylic
2008    San Dimas Festival of Western Art, Featured Artist, Best of Show, Purchase Award
2005    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Historical Art Award

Signature member Society of Animal Artists and International Society of Acrylic Painters
Juried Member International Guild of Realism

Gallery representation:
Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
Huey’s Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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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