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Quest for the West artist Roseta Santiago

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 Roseta Santiago.

Santiago 2015

Roseta Santiago
Born 1946, in Washington, D.C.; lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Billy Yellow, Medicine Man
2015, oil, 12 x 9 inches
This portrait was an honor to paint. Billy Yellow, Navajo from Gallop , NM, was a well respected medicine man across the southwest. He lived for 106 years on this earth. John Wayne consulted him on many movies for authenticity and became his friend. Last year I met his granddaughter, Karma Harvey, who introduced me to Billy Yellow's legendary life and gave me permission to paint his portrait.

 ALTHOUGH SHE BEGAN her career as an exhibit and graphics designer, Santiago’s true passion has always been oil painting. Her interest in creating fine art was reignited when the Bass Pro chain of stores commissioned her to paint life-sized wildlife murals on the walls of twenty-two stores. After completing the commission, she moved to New Mexico and established a home and studio. Her lifelong dream to paint became a reality.

Santiago enjoys painting historic artifacts, attracted by their shapes, uses, and an aura of mystery that surrounds them. She portrays their individuality and their beauty, created by artisans of the past. Her subjects frequently come from her own, eclectic collection of artifacts and objects, which she has gathered through the years. Her work is all included in the Autry National Center’s Masters of the American West show.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
Booth Museum, Permanent Collection

Conversations in Paint Language: The Art of Roseta Santiago, by Bob Saar (Fresco Books/Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art, 2007)

Gallery representation:
Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Scottsdale, Arizona
Hayden-Hayes Gallery, Colorado Spring, Colorado 


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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