Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • Artists in Residence bring arts to the community this fall

    by Alisa Nordholt-Dean, director of public programs | Oct 02, 2018

    With a combination of returning favorites and new faces, traditional and contemporary styles, this year’s lineup of Eiteljorg Artists in Residence is sure to delight. Stop by the museum and meet each artist during open studio times and sign up for a workshop or two.

    SaturdaysDG House - artist in residence
    OCT 6, 13, 20
    1-4 p.m.
    Open Studio: DG House (Cherokee of NE Alabama)
    A painter, photographer and mixed media artist, DG House has worked in Yellowstone National Park, where her Native heritage and deep love for the people, landscapes and wildlife came together. Meet DG, learn about her art and watch her demonstrate painting techniques on three Saturdays in October.

    Workshops with DG House:
    OCT 12
    Gelli Print Play
    Friday, 3–4:30 p.m.
    Discover the fun of monotype (one-of-a-kind) printing using acrylic inks, stencils and gelli plates. DG will provide instruction and lots of inspiration. All supplies provided. Register at

    OCT 13
    Wildlife Painting Workshop
    Saturday, 10 a.m.–Noon
    Join DG and create your own wildlife painting — choose a bear, fox or a wolf. All supplies provided. Register at

    SaturdayRichard Gabriel - artist in residence
    OCT 27
    11 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Richard Gabriel Jr.
    New Mexico artist Richard Gabriel Jr. creates traditional Spanish Colonial tinwork and teaches tinsmithing. Meet Richard and create your own punched tin ornament during Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Oct. 27.

    SaturdaysDana Warrington - artist in residence
    NOV 3, 10, 17
    1-4 p.m.
    Open Studio: Dana Warrington (Menominee/Prairie Band Potawatomi)
    A traditional artist in beadwork, quillwork, bustle-making, moccasins, and cradleboards, Dana Warrington was winner of the 2017 Indian Market and Festival Best of Show award. Learn about his art and culture during Native American Heritage Month.

    This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Storyteller magazine. 

  • Day of the Dead Celebration brings community together

    by | | Oct 02, 2018

    What comes to mind when you conjure up images of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)? A somber memorial? Spooky skeletons? Instead, picture vibrant swirling colors, Day of the Dead 2lively music, rhythmic sounds of hammers making punched tin treasures, laughter as children take in delightful papel picado (cut paper) creations, beautiful Catrinas dressed for a parade, and elaborate ofrendas (altars) created to honor deceased loved ones. It’s all part of Nopal Cultural’s popular annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at the Eiteljorg Museum.

    What is Día de los Muertos?
    With roots going back thousands of years to Indigenous traditions in Mexico, this holiday is a time to gather together and remember friends and relatives who have passed on. Day of the Dead has evolved into a diverse festival, celebrated not only in Mexico but in the U.S. and many other countries.

    During the holiday, tradition holds that souls of the dead are allowed to return home and celebrate among the living, if only for a few short hours. Meanwhile, living relatives work hard to clean and decorate gravesites with fragrant, colorful cempasuchil (marigold) flowers and construct elaborate altars with photographs, food and drink. Some communities even hold town-wide festivals culminating in a parade and special dances.

    Join us in celebration
    Join Nopal Cultural and the Eiteljorg Museum in celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Saturday, Oct. 27. Museum admission will be free that day. Festivities include dance performances, art-making, a mercado (marketplace), music, ofrendas, a Catrina parade, artist-in-residence Richard Gabriel, Jr. who specializes in Spanish Colonial tinwork, and much more.

    Day of the Dead 1

    OCT 27
    FREE ADMISSION 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Curated by community organizations and Nopal Cultural
    OCT 10–NOV 2


    Este programa es posible gracias a becas de parte de:

    Nopal Cultural
    Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
    The Indianapolis Foundation
    The International Center
    The Penrod Society
    The Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis
    Arts Council of Indianapolis
    Indiana Arts Commission


    This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Storyteller magazine. 

  • Western Perspectives: The Art of Howard Post

    by Johanna M. Blume, associate curator of Western art, history and culture | Oct 01, 2018

    Old Friends
    Howard Post
    Old Friends, 2010
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 48 inches
    Loan courtesy of Terry Oertli

    For more than 40 years, Howard Post has been a distinctive voice in the world of Western art. His “ranchscapes” highlight the interconnectedness of land, animals and people in the American West, a world he knows well from his lifetime spent there. His vision of the West is born not only of personal experiences, but also out of careful study and practice and engagement with the broad world of American art. Post’s paintings are immediately recognizable: He uses strong lines and shapes and bold colors, exploring and delighting in more abstract artistic concepts.

    A special exhibit of the work of Post, the 2017 Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction, is now on view at the Eiteljorg.

    Born in 1948 in Tucson, Ariz., Post grew up on and around ranches, working with horses and cattle. With the encouragement of his mother, he started taking art classes. A few years later, Post began competing in rodeos. Like his art, rodeo has been an important part of Post’s life, and he continues to compete to this day. The rodeo arena often provides inspiration for his painting.

    Post studied at the University of Arizona, competed on the university’s rodeo team, earned his degree in 1972 and began a career in illustration. While teaching at the university level and pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts, Post began to develop his signature aesthetic. A professor encouraged him to abandon his preconceptions about art and instead paint what he knew from his own personal experience. This emphasis on painting from personal experience forms the foundation of Post’s body of work.

    The Side Door
    Howard Post
    The Side Door, 2014
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 30 inches
    Loan courtesy
    30 x 30 inches
    Loan courtesy of Altamira Fine Art

    Post names artists Wayne Thiebaud, Edward Hopper and Grant Wood as influences on his art, particularly in their painting the everyday and seemingly mundane aspects of life. Like them, Post looks to draw inspiration from his lived experience and the world around him. However, subject matter is secondary to the interplay of light and shadow, shape, and color. He finds inspiration in the Arizona landscape around his home, and in his travels around the West and the world.

    Another artist Howard Post admires is musician and songwriter Paul Simon. Post admires Simon’s ability to reinvent himself over the years and his ever-expanding repertoire. These things are true of Post, too: He often returns to familiar subjects such as horses and corrals, but his adventurous color palettes and constantly evolving compositions breathe life into each canvas. The differences in Post’s paintings over the years can be subtle, but cumulatively they show growth that stems from eager and joyful experimentation with art.

    2017Quest_Howard Post Artist of Distinction
    Artist Howard Post, right, and his wife Marilyn Post attended the 2017 Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg, where Howard Post received the Quest Artist of Distinction award. His oil painting Double Yellow is seen here.

    Special exhibit of the Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction
    Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery


    This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Storyteller magazine. 

  • Eiteljorg says goodbye to valued colleagues

    by Rachel Foley, marketing and communications summer intern | Sep 21, 2018

    Over the summer, the Eiteljorg said farewell to some committed employees who have moved on to new adventures and welcomed colleagues to new roles:

    Sheila Jackson
    Sheila Jackson

    In August, Sheila Jackson retired after seven years as membership manager. Creative and enthusiastic, Sheila has been an integral force in cementing the museum’s relationships with its members. She managed all member relations, planned special events for members and also assisted the Eagle Society — a highly involved group of Eiteljorg members who are especially supportive of the museum. Sheila worked hard to build special programming events and organize home receptions for the Eagles. An artist herself, Sheila had a special knack for creating beautiful centerpieces for Eiteljorg exhibit openings. Sheila retired to spend more time with her grandchildren and to illustrate a book.

    The Eiteljorg welcomes Cassandra Sanborn as the new membership/donor engagement manager. Cassandra served since 2012 as director of engagement for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services. With experience in fund-raising, donor retention and grant submissions, Cassandra is a Purdue University graduate who is working on her master’s in public administration at IUPUI.

    Kelsey Donson
    Kelsey Donson

    Kelsey Donson, who was manager of catering and rental events for two and a half years, departed in May. When couples booked weddings and receptions at the Eiteljorg or corporate event planners reserved museum space for company functions, Kelsey was in charge of ensuring all details of their special day went exactly as planned. Kelsey and her family relocated to another city, and Lorna Speece, who had been co-coordinator of Guest Services and previously served as a security supervisor, succeeded her as manager of catering and rental events. For information about renting the Eiteljorg for an event, visit

    Brandi Crocker, former guest services manager was promoted to the newly created position of public events coordinator, which includes overseeing the museum’s annual Indian Market and Festival (IMF). Brandi brings a wealth of knowledge to the position along with her passion for providing amazing visitor experiences. Jaq Nigg who previously managed IMF, moved on to a new opportunity at The Cabaret. Shelby Barlow is now the manager of guest services and brings experience with other area museums to this position. Eric Hinkle is now the fulltime education services coordinator, having previously shared this position with Jan Eason who retired in April after 26 years at the museum.

    To read full stories on Eiteljorg employees past and present including new employee profiles, click on the links above, or visit this link:

    This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Storyteller magazine

  • Local artist from Quest for the West® profiled in newspaper story

    by | | Sep 20, 2018

    Mark Kelso_Quest for the West_Riverdance
    Artist Mark Kelso on Sept. 8 received the Quest for the West® Artists' Choice Award, presented by Ed and Phyllis Cockerill, for his painting, Riverdance. 

    The Johnson County Daily Journal newspaper published this feature story about Quest for the West® and profiled a local Quest artist, Mark Kelso of Johnson County, Ind., whose paintings appear in the Quest exhibit. Read the two-page article at this link:  Daily Journal Story Quest 9.20.18

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