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  • Southwest Art magazine: Quest for the West® preview article

    by | | Aug 17, 2018

    In its September issue, Southwest Art magazine published this thorough preview story about the13th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, taking place at the Eiteljorg Museum on Sept. 7-8.  Please read the story at this link:
    Southwest Art - Quest article - September 2018.





  • The country’s top Western artists return for another Quest for the West®

    by Bert Beiswanger, director of marketing and communications | Jun 28, 2018

    Jerry Jordan_Traditions_Remembered
    Jerry Jordan
    Traditions Remembered, 2018
    Oil
    40 x 40 inches

    The Western art world once again will converge on Indianapolis on Sept. 7-8, when one of the top Western art sales in the nation, the annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, returns to the Eiteljorg. 

    Quest’s opening weekend festivities draw Western art enthusiasts from all over the country. Many of the artists and collectors consider Quest to be one of their favorite shows due to its unique format and intimate, engaging setting. And what Quest has meant to the Eiteljorg cannot be overstated, as it has generated more than $12 million in art sales since its inaugural year, 2006. 

    In addition to its prominence nationally, Quest for the West® is simply one of the finest, if not largest, art sales in Indianapolis and the Midwest. Whether you’re an avid Western art collector or just beginning your art-collecting journey, Quest is one of the most intriguing shows you can attend. It all takes place within the beautifully artistic confines of the Eiteljorg Museum in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

    Buxton, Before There Were None
    John Buxton
    Passenger Pigeons, Before There Were None, 2018
    Oil
    25 x 21 inches

    Opening weekend attendees will be the first to see and bid on paintings and sculpture by the country’s most prominent Western artists in a “luck-of-the-draw” sale. What makes the Quest show special is that potential buyers have the chance not only to be among the first to see the art in person, but to meet the artists who created it.

    The entire sale is a thrill, start to finish, from the sound of the bugle that opens the sale to the excited looks on the faces of successful buyers at the end of the evening.

    All artwork remains on exhibit at the Eiteljorg until Oct. 7, giving museum visitors the opportunity to see this world-class art. Pieces not sold during opening weekend remain available for purchase until the exhibit closes.

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    Sculptor Curt Mattson at the 2017 Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale

    Opening weekend registrants this year will enjoy a Friday lunch and tour at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, a Friday evening reception, and the opening of a special exhibition featuring 2017 Quest Artist of Distinction Howard Post, as well as the return of a Miniature Art Sale. On Saturday evening during the banquet and awards ceremony, many lucky attendees will win a limited edition 2018 Eiteljorg Keepsake.

    To register for opening weekend, contact: Kay Hinds at 317.275.1341 or khinds@eiteljorg.com. You also may register as an absentee buyer.

    Preview art and find complete information on Quest at www.quest.eiteljorg.org.


    2017Quest_Pat Anker views miniatures at sale
    The Miniature Art Sale was a big hit at the 2017 Quest celebration. Eiteljorg board member Pat Anker, center, considered some miniature paintings.

    Miniature Art Sale Returns
    We heard the pleas of many Quest attendees over the years. Some beginning collectors fell in love with the art they saw but couldn’t afford it, while others with the financial means had no room to add large works to their home. Thus, the Eiteljorg last year instituted a Quest Miniature Art Sale. Back by popular demand, the miniature sale is Friday night, Sept. 7, where you can purchase smaller pieces of art and take them with you that evening.


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    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 2017 Artist of Distinction award.

    Howard Post, 2017 Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction
    The Eiteljorg Museum will open a special exhibit featuring the art of Howard Post in conjunction with the 2018 Quest for the West®. Post won the Artist of Distinction Award at the 2017 Quest, and the exhibit celebrates that honor. For more than 30 years, he has captured his distinctive vision of the West in paint, creating what he refers to as “ranchscapes.” The exhibit will feature approximately 20 of these works from the past decade of Post’s career. From rugged mountains to dusty cowboys to resting horses to complex corrals, his paintings highlight the interconnectedness of land, animals and people in the American West. They also explore and delight in more abstract concepts such as light, line and color. The exhibit runs Sept. 8–Nov. 25 in the Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery.



    McGurl_Girl_of_the_Golden_West_the_Sailing_Canoe
    Joseph McGurl
    Girl of the Golden West: The Sailing Canoe, 2018
    Oil on panel
    20 x 30 inches

    QUEST FOR THE WEST® 2018 list of artists

    Gerald Balciar*
    John Buxton
    G. Russell Case
    Bruce Cheever
    Tim Cherry*
    Rox Corbett
    Brent Cotton
    Glenn Dean
    Steve Devenyns
    Mikel Donahue
    Michael Dudash
    Barry Eisenach*
    Josh Elliott
    Tony Eubanks
    John Fawcett
    Robert Griffing
    David Grossmann
    Logan Maxwell Hagege
    George Hallmark
    Karin Hollebeke
    Donna Howell-Sickles
    Doug Hyde*
    Terry Isaac
    Jerry Jordan
    Greg Kelsey*
    Mark Kelso
    Mark Maggiori
    Curt Mattson*
    Joseph McGurl
    Krystii Melaine
    Denis Milhomme
    Jay Moore
    John Moyers
    Terri Kelly Moyers
    Brenda Murphy
    Rock Newcomb
    P.A. Nisbet
    Robert Peters
    Howard Post
    Heide Presse
    Scott Rogers*
    Gladys Roldan-de-Moras
    Roseta Santiago
    Sandy Scott*
    Adam Smith
    Daniel Smith
    Nathan Solano
    Tim Solliday
    Andy Thomas
    David Wright

    Bold names are artists new to Quest
    *sculptors


    13TH ANNUAL
    QUEST FOR THE WEST® ART SHOW AND SALE
    OPENING WEEKEND:  SEPT 7–8
    EXHIBIT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:  SEPT 9–OCT 7

    Presented by:
    Cardinal Contracting
    The Western Art Society

    Sponsored by:
    Ice Miller LLP

     

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

     





  • Summer renovations will lead to fall reopening of Western galleries

    by | | Jun 06, 2018

    Wilson Hurley_October Suite, Grand Canyon

    Exciting changes ahead will enhance the public’s enjoyment and appreciation of the Eiteljorg Museum’s two main Western art galleries.

    The Art of the American West Gallery and the Gund Gallery, both on the museum’s first floor, are being renovated this summer, and the beautiful paintings, sculptures and other objects seen in them will be reinstalled. Exciting new acquisitions and interactive activities will help convey the history and meaning of the art, allowing visitors to have deeper and more exciting experiences.

    Since early May, the two galleries have been temporarily closed. Beginning on Saturday, June 9, a portion of the Art of the American West Gallery will be temporarily reopened so visitors still can experience some of their favorite Western art works on exhibit through Aug. 6, when it will temporarily close again.

    Renovations are timed so that the Art of the American West Gallery can house the 13th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, from Sept. 7 to Oct. 7. Once completed, the reinstalled Western galleries will fully reopen to the public in mid-November. Beyond familiar works, new acquisitions will be featured, including compelling works by African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Native American artists.

    With only a portion of the building under renovation and the rest of the museum open as usual, there still is much for visitors to see and do at the Eiteljorg this summer. The Reel West exhibit about Hollywood Westerns remains open, as are the Native American galleries on the second floor, the two new exhibits Interwoven: Native American Basketry from the Mel and Joan Perelman Collection and Harry Fonseca: The Art of Living, and the R.B. Annis Western Family Experience downstairs. The Museum Store and Museum Café are open for business, and enjoyable programming events are held at the Eiteljorg throughout the summer.

    To conveniently plan their visits around the changes, visitors can get the latest updates by checking the Eiteljorg’s social media — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — or its website, www.eiteljorg.org, or by calling Guest Services at 317.636.WEST (9378).

     

    Image caption:

    Wilson Hurley (American, 1924 – 2008)
    October Suite, Grand Canyon, 1991
    Oil on canvas
    Museum Purchase through the generosity of Harrison Eiteljorg


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





  • Sublime landscapes showcased in Light, Space, and Power: The Art of P.A. Nisbet

    by Johanna M. Blume, associate curator of Western art, history and culture | Aug 25, 2017
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    For more than 40 years, Peter A. Nisbet has been a student of fine art, and in the last two decades has received national recognition as a master of the American landscape. In honor of his selection as the 2016 Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction, the Eiteljorg is excited to present an exhibition of his works: Light, Space, and Power: The Art of P.A. Nisbet, which is open to the public from Sept. 10 to Nov. 19. Nisbet’s paintings communicate the extraordinary and often extreme beauty of the American West. He travels extensively, working on location in places such as the Grand Canyon, the deserts of the United States and Mexico, the Gulf of California and Antarctica. Each trip is an adventure, full of experiences he captures in paint.

    Nisbet’s mother introduced him to art as a child, and he has spent his life honing his skills. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, he is a former U.S. Navy officer with service in Vietnam. After leaving the Navy, he spent several years as a successful commercial illustrator and graphic designer in the East. In 1980 Nisbet realized he was ready for a change, so he moved from West Virginia to Arizona.

    “One afternoon, it was one of those blue days where the sky is clear and the jets are leaving long contrails; and this jet was heading west,” he recalled. “The sun was low and it was picking up the contrail overhead. I had this vision, this flash . . . . It was the West. It just flooded in, like God. I just (thought), ‘I’ve got to go.’ It was like a wakeup call:  ‘Wake up, sell your house, leave, go. It’s waiting; your future’s waiting.’”

    Nisbet’s paintings blend technical mastery with emotional depth. Each finished work contains a piece of the truth of Peter’s experiences as an artist and explorer. He releases them to the world where he hopes viewers see, understand and connect that truth to their own lives. There also is a spiritual dimension to his paintings. While rooted in the realist tradition of 19th century artists such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, and European masters such J.M.W. Turner and Rembrandt van Rjin, Nisbet doesn’t set out to recreate Western landscapes exactly as they exist. He seeks to convey their inherent drama and beauty, to elevate the raw power of the natural world and capture something of the sublime.

    “For me the Western landscape best speaks in a language of the possible; the language of the horizon,” Nisbet wrote. “Art that embraces the drama of a journey bears witness to a larger narrative that is distinctly American. I travelled to the deserts because that is where I heard the voice most clearly. It is a voice I also recognize in paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Those works celebrate the universals: beauty, space and light. These things are apparent in Western locales such as the Sonoran Desert and the Grand Canyon. Every painting I ever did was the natural outcome of a quest both within myself and without. Every one of them springs from a pearl of direct experience. After almost 50 years of journeys, that string of pearls now resembles a necklace, and by definition, a life fully lived.”

    Peter Nisbet’s extraordinary career and thoughtful perspective truly make him an artist of distinction.

    Nisbet 2017

    LIGHT, SPACE, AND POWER: THE ART OF P.A. NISBET
    Special exhibit of the Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction
    SEP 10–NOV 19
    Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery

     

     

    TOP IMAGE CAPTION:

    P.A. Nisbet
    Beneath the Blue Moon Bench, 2012
    Oil on linen, 30 x 42 inches
    2012 Quest for the West Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award

    This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Storyteller Magazine.





  • Quest Miniature Art Sale appealing to new and longtime collectors

    by Bryan Corbin, Editor, Storyteller Magazine | Aug 24, 2017

    This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Storyteller Magazine.

    John_Moyers_Dakota_Badlands_Study (miniature artwork)Some beginning art collectors fell in love with art they saw at Quest for the West® but the price was beyond their pocketbook. Some experienced art collectors had the financial means but not the room in their art-filled homes to acquire yet another large framed painting or major sculpture.

    The Eiteljorg heard the pleas of both camps and devised a lively and affordable solution at this year’s Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale: offer miniatures.

    The museum asked Quest artists to create small works that would be more affordable and take up less space. In doing so, the separate miniatures show will generate more competition among the collectors and more overall excitement during Quest weekend.

    In addition to the works each Quest artist is entering into the main show, most also are entering new miniatures they’ve created, one per artist. Paintings will typically be no larger than 12-by-12 inches. Sculptures should be 8 inches or smaller. The miniatures will be available in Eagle Commons in a fixed-price, luck-of-the-draw sale Friday evening Sept. 8.

    Unlike the main Quest works which must remain on exhibit until Oct. 8 before purchasers receive them, at the Quest Miniature Art Sale, buyers can take home their newly-prized art that evening. Guests who can’t attend both nights of events can still attend the Sept. 8 miniatures sale only, for the reduced price of $75 per individual or $125 per couple. Contact khinds@eiteljorg.com or 317.275.1341 to make reservations.

    IMAGE CAPTION:

    John Moyers
    Dakota Badlands Study, 2017
    Oil
    12 x 12 inches

     

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