Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • Eiteljorg mascot

    by Jaq Nigg | Aug 02, 2012

    by Deborah Kish, volunteer services manager


    Introducing, Ginger, possibly the most loved (spoiled) Australian Labradoodle ever. Her favorite activities are riding in convertibles, receiving treats, chasing rabbits and squirrels, and representing the Eiteljorg Museum out in the community.

    She loves to receive the attention of the Eiteljorg staff at our league softball games. She is an intimidating presence in her “Eiteljorg Pooch” uniform (complete with suede fringe) and she happily cheers on our runners from the sidelines. Says development manager and former coach, Sally Dickson, “Unlike the Curse of Chicago’s Billy Goat, Ginger has brought us good luck, inspiration and that happy-dog like wonder of believing that the whole world is our fire hydrant and that we can win a World Series!  Go Eiteljorg!’  Eiteljorg president and CEO and softball team member John Vanausdall adds, “You know what they say about the affects of dogs on people – and it is true!  We feel better about ourselves when she is around and as a result, we really gel as a team. A winning team!”

    But cheerleader is only part of her responsibilities as the Eiteljorg mascot, she also recruits volunteers. Once when the museum had a display table on the Circle for an event, she jumped right up on the table – which she had never done before – so that she could personally welcome guests with a shake and to offer information about volunteering.



  • Quest for the Best = 7th annual Quest for the West

    by Kay Hinds | Aug 02, 2012

    Quest for the WestThe countdown for the 7th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has begun. Invitations landed in mailboxes in July. In no time at all, registrants participating in opening weekend activities Sept. 7-9 will enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at the Eiteljorg Museum. 

    What’s it all about? Many staff members describe Quest as their favorite annual event at the Eiteljorg. Each year 50 top notch artists, known for their outstanding Western-themed art, are invited to participate in a unique show which boasts the “best of the West.” Artists create original works of art which are available for purchase during an opening weekend sale.

    This year, 45 artists will attend opening weekend activities. Registered guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their work while enjoying the company of fledgling and long-time art collectors. Many friendships have developed during Quest weekend--between artists and guests and fellow collectors. The opportunity to meet nationally known artists in an intimate setting makes the Quest show appealing to registrants.

    On Friday, Sept. 7, an evening reception will honor outstanding sculptor and 2011 Quest Artist of Distinction Doug Hyde as he unveils his exhibit, Shaped by Stone: The Sculpture of Doug Hyde. Saturday highlights include a brunch followed by a panel of artists describing their “on location” experiences, an evening reception and the sale and a banquet and awards ceremony. A light breakfast will be available at the Eiteljorg on Sunday morning.

    Interested in joining the fun? Weekend registrations for couples cost $400 for members and $450 for non-members. Individuals may register for a $250 member or $300 non-member fee. To view the list of artists, the complete weekend schedule, registration forms and see images of some of the art available for purchase, go to the Eiteljorg Museum website Art images will be added to the website as art is received.

    However, you needn’t attend Quest to participate in the sale. Register as an Absentee Buyer for $150 and curators will see that your ballot is added to draw boxes before the sale starts.

    A “luck of the draw” sale means art is offered at fixed prices and may be purchased by individuals who select art and place ballots in boxes located by each piece of art the night of the sale. Suspense builds during the sale as participants learn who will be the proud owners of Quest art on display. Absentee buyers will be told about sale results via phone or e-mail. Art not claimed during the sale will be available for purchase by the public from Sunday, Sept. 9 – Oct. 7, when the Quest for the West exhibition is open to the public.

    Purchased art will remain at the Eiteljorg until the close of the Quest exhibit. After Oct. 7, art will be shipped to buyers. And art that graced the Eiteljorg during the Quest show will be displayed at homes and businesses located throughout the United States. 

    Want to join the 250+ individuals who are already registered for Quest’s opening weekend?  Call me at 317.275.1341 or e-mail to register. I promise you’ll have a memorable experience!

    Kay Hinds is the development coordinator

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  • Native Olympians

    by User Not Found | Jul 30, 2012
    On Friday night, the Olympic flame was lit in London, kicking off 17 days of international competition. What does this have to do with the Eiteljorg Museum? Much more than you might think! This year’s Olympians include four Native women, three representing Team USA and one First Nations athlete representing Canada. Mary Killman (Citizen Potawatomi Nation) will represent the U.S. in synchronized swimming. Killman has a strong local connection, as she has been living here in Indianapolis while she trained with the national team. Tumua Anae, a native Hawaiian, is competing as the goalie for the U.S. water polo team. Adrienne Lyle (Cherokee) is representing the U.S. Equestrian team in the dressage competition. Finally, Mary Spencer (First Nations Ojibway) is participating in the Olympic debut of women’s boxing, competing in the 75-kilogram middleweight class for Team Canada.    

    These four women are far from the first Native athletes to participate in the Olympics. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1912 Olympics, held in Stockholm, Sweden. These games were the scene of major triumphs by four Native athletes as they collectively brought home three gold and two silver medals for Team USA.  Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox) won the gold medals in both the Pentathlon and the Decathlon, a feat that has not been repeated since. This achievement led King Gustav V of Sweden to proclaim him “the greatest athlete in the world.” Duke Kahanamoku, a Native Hawaiian, won the 100 meter freestyle event for the U.S. swim team, and helped the 4 x 200 meter relay team to a silver medal. Kahanamoku later went on to medal in both the 1920 and 1924 Olympics. Andrew Sockalexis (Penobscot) did not medal but finished an impressive fourth place in the marathon. Lewis Tewanima (Hopi) won silver in the 10,000 meter run, setting an American record that lasted until another Native American athlete, Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota), broke it while winning gold in the Tokyo Olympics of 1964.  

    In honor of all these achievements, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has put together an exhibit titled Best in the World: Native Athletes in the Olympics. The exhibit will be on view through Sept. 3, 2012, and includes medals, photographs and other memorabilia.  

    The Eiteljorg Museum has its own piece of Olympic history on display. Mihtohseenionki: The People’s Place is an ongoing exhibit dedicated to Native groups that have called Indiana home.  There are sections dedicated to the Miami, Potawatomi, Delaware and others. Objects in these cases represent both the historical and contemporary lives of the members of these groups. The Delaware section currently contains the Olympic uniform of the first Native American ever to serve as the head coach of an Olympic team. Gayle Hatch (Delaware) was the head coach of the 2004 weightlifting team. On loan from NMAI since 2010, his uniform will be on display in Mihtohseenionki until July 2014.

    Best of luck to the 2012 Native Olympians! You can follow their progress on the NMAI website.

    Kelly Rushing Carter is the museum registrar.

    Photo captions:

    (1)   Coach Gayle Hatch and Billy Mills at the opening of Best in the World: Native Athletes in the Olympics at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC

    (2)   Coach Hatch’s uniform on display at the Eiteljorg Museum

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  • On loan

    by Jaq Nigg | Jul 26, 2012

    by Lisa Watt, festivals and markets coordinator


    In my “real life,” I’m part of the team that plans Indian Market and Festival, WestFest, Women in Art Market, Winter Market and Mercado. But, as a graduate student in the IUPUI Museum Studies program, each summer I get to moonlight at a different museum as an intern. This year, I’m “on loan” to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM for six weeks, and I’m determined to make the most of it.

    For fledgling museum professionals, the opportunity to intern at different museums is a wonderful experience. Everything I learn will undoubtedly help me in the future, from the relationships I’m forming to working with collections (as I did last year at the Whipple Company Store and Appalachian Heritage Museum in Scarbo, WV) to working with development as I’m doing now. My primary projects are to assist with their annual gala and on their summer membership drive. This represents a totally different side of the museum world than what I do at the Eiteljorg: working with education and public programs, where we are challenged to incorporate all sides of the mission into (hopefully) fun and educational programs, oftentimes on a shoestring budget.


    The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center seems to be poised to blossom into a premier cultural organization in the Southwest; primarily due to their connections with the nineteen pueblos (8 Northern and 11 more). The museum is located on the land where the Albuquerque Indian School was from 1881-1982. There is one original building remaining from the school, which they plan to turn into The Institute for Pueblo Indian Studies, and will welcome academics not only from the Southwest, but from around the world.


    This is a wonderful and busy time of the year to be in Albuquerque. So much is happening, including many of the pueblo feast days, the International Folk Art FestivalSpanish Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market. This past weekend, I attended the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Arts and Craft Show and Market (formerly 8 Northern). It was funny to talk to artists that know me from Indian Market and Festival, because it would take a minute for them to place me. I would greet them and they would look at me like, “how do I know you?” before it clicked. I also met some great artists that I hope apply to our show.

    Since it is monsoon season, it rains almost every afternoon and produces the most brilliant rainbows that I've ever seen. No wonder so many artist come here to paint, the colors are indescribable. I cannot wait to get out on the weekends and enjoy all that New Mexico has to offer before coming back to the “real world” in Indiana.




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  • Steel Ponies brings new friends to the fold

    by User Not Found | Jul 25, 2012

    My job affords me the opportunity to work with some pretty remarkable, community-minded companies and individuals. As Steel Ponies comes to a close (August 5) and we begin to report on the exciting successes, I am reminded of the great new friends we’ve made through this exhibition. In addition to attracting new audiences, we welcomed several corporate sponsors that we had not worked with previously like Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson.

    In October 2012, Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson will celebrate its 65th Anniversary. Through the decades and four generations of the Schulteti Family, the company has operated out of two locations outfitting countless customers with beautiful motorcycles and gear. We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate Southside’s anniversary with them in 2012 and appreciate their willingness to loan the Eiteljorg one of their bikes for our special exhibition – a 1929 Harley-Davidson Model JDH with a double-wide side car.  

    The JDH, known as the Two-Cam Harley, was advertised as the “fastest model ever,” with a top speed of 85 to 100 mph. It was the first Harley-Davidson with the appearance of a modern motorcycle featuring larger fenders and gas tank. New for 1929 were twin headlights. In 1929, 10,000 74-cubic-inch JDs were produced, yet probably less than 100 of these very special H models were ever built. Come see this beautiful bike at the Eiteljorg before August 5!

    Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson would like to extend a very special invitation – they hope to see you for their 4th Annual Night Before the Indy Mile Race Party on Friday, August 17 from 2 – 8 pm. Click for more information. 

    Katie Lineweaver Robinson, corporate contributions manager
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