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More than $1.2 Million in Artwork Sold During Eiteljorg's Quest for the West

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2013 event is the highest-grossing sales event in institution’s history

 (INDIANAPOLIS) — A tremendous display of paintings, sculptures and bronzes capturing the spirit of the American West helped reel in more than $1,200,000 to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, during opening weekend of the eighth annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale. Proceeds from the event, which attracts hundreds of Western art enthusiasts nationwide, will go toward operations and building the Eiteljorg’s world-class collection.

Last year’s Quest opening raised $870,000 for the Eiteljorg. This year’s million-dollar plus paycheck shattered the 2012 opening – with an astounding 35 percent increase. Presented by BMO Private Bank, Cardinal Consulting and the Western Art Society, this landmark event is now the highest-grossing sale in the Eiteljorg’s 24-year history.  And there’s still more art left to purchase before the show closes Sunday, Oct. 6.

“We had more than 180 amazing pieces for sale in our gallery,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg Museum president and CEO. “With such an extraordinary body of work – by 50 renowned artists in one room – this museum has positioned itself as a national resource for art of the West.”

Quest for the West is significant for the Eiteljorg Museum. It is the only Western art show and sale hosted by a major museum east of the Mississippi. Guests from across the country visited Indianapolis to seek and buy some of the best traditional Western art being created by today’s leading Western artists.

Quest for the West opening weekend activities included the art sale, featuring works by noted Western artists, including John Coleman, Robert Griffing and Doug Hyde; and new Quest artists Blair Buswell, Mike Desatnick, C. Michael Dudash, Logan Maxwell Hagege and John Moyers; an awards gala; panel discussion featuring artists and spouses and opportunities to meet participating artists.

Collectors interested in purchasing the Quest art still available may visit the Quest gallery online. Also, renowned sculptor, John Coleman, is concurrently featured in a special exhibition of his work at the Eiteljorg for winning the Artist of Distinction Award at Quest in 2012.  This show, Honored Life: The Art of John Coleman, will be on view until Nov. 17.

2013 Quest award recipients
Artists awarded for excellence

At the Quest for the West awards gala, artists were recognized for their work. Award categories and recipients are:

Patrons’ Choice Award, presented by The Booth Western Art Museum
Chosen by attending patrons.
Robert Griffing, Family

Artists’ Choice Award
Chosen by attending artists.
Blair Buswell, How Many More

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award, presented by The Western Art Society
John Buxton, A Secret Cache

Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Leppert
Blair Buswell, How Many More

Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
Presented by Jane and Steve Marmon
Robert Griffing, Family

Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for best body of work in the show
Presented by Catherine and Robert Turner
Daniel Smith

Artist of Distinction Award
Presented by The Western Art Society
Don Crowley
The artist will be honored with a one-man show at Quest 2013.

The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit

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