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Quest for the West® generates nearly $950K in sales for artists and the Eiteljorg Museum in one of the year’s top Western art events

by Bryan Corbin | Sep 12, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Another successful opening weekend for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has generated $948,970 to date for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the participating artists. More than 250 collectors and art enthusiasts participated Sept. 10 in the 11th annual show and sale, where they met and purchased works from leading Western artists. Quest for the West® now is open to the public, and all the works – including those sold – remain on display at the Eiteljorg Museum through October 9. Buyers can continue to purchase the unsold art until then.

“The creativity of the Western artists who present their works at the Eiteljorg Museum and the passion and enthusiasm of the collectors who seek out their art are key to the success of Quest for the West®, the only Western art show and sale hosted by a major museum east of the Mississippi. Not only is it one of our institution’s signature fund-raising events each year, Quest for the West® provides us an opportunity to support these inspired artists and thank loyal collectors who make it possible for the artists to pursue new creative heights,” Eiteljorg Museum President and CEO John Vanausdall said.

This year’s Quest for the West® also features a Collector of Distinction exhibition honoring Betsey Harvey, a founding member of the Western Art Society and former chair of the Eiteljorg board of directors. The exhibition now on public display at the Eiteljorg includes notable paintings from Harvey’s private collection, including works of Howard Terpning, Robert Griffing, Doug Hyde, Kenneth Riley and Mian Situ, among others. A special reception in recognition of Betsey Harvey’s instrumental role in the museum’s development took place Friday Sept. 9, with the Wright Brothers Band providing music.

Saturday evening Sept. 10 at the Eiteljorg Museum, buyers mingled with the artists, savored the paintings and sculpture and entered their names into a luck-of-the-draw lottery for the chance to purchase the works. Continuing with a popular Eiteljorg tradition, a trumpeter playing a fanfare marked the start and end of each interval for entering the drawing. Collectors drawn first had the option to purchase the pieces they’d selected; if they passed, then the work was offered to the next drawn name until a buyer accepted.

The Eiteljorg Museum thanked the presenting sponsor of Quest for the West®, Cardinal Contracting, LLC, and thanked other sponsors, including Avis Industrial Corp., Ice Miller and the Western Art Society. The museum also thanked sponsors High Noon Western Americana of Los Angeles and the Maxwell Alexander Gallery of Culver City, Calif., as well as individual sponsors.

Works of art from Quest for the West® not already sold are still available for purchase through October 9. Proceeds from all sales will go toward museum operations and acquisition of the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award work of art. More information is at this link:

2016 Quest award recipients

During a gala Sept. 10, several artists were honored with awards for excellence:

2016 Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award, presented by the Western Art Society
Josh Elliott of Helena, Montana, Calving Season

The Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture, presented by Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Leppert
Greg Kelsey of Ignacio, Colorado, Momma’s Not Bluffin’ 

The Henry Farny Award for Best Painting, presented by Jane and Steve Marmon
Adam Smith of Manhattan, Montana, The Gathering Place 

The Victor Higgins Award of Distinction, presented by Catherine and Robert Turner
Glenn Dean of Cambria, California, whose award recognized the best group of works presented in this year’s show.

The Artists’ Choice Award, presented by Phyllis and Ed Cockerill
Michael Dudash of Hayden, Idaho, A Fight for Life, a Fight for a Way of Life

The Patrons Choice Award, presented by Booth Western Art Museum
Krystii Melaine of Colbert, Washington, Haa’havehane – Wind Spirit, Cheyenne 

The Artist of Distinction Award
Peter Nisbet, Santa Fe, New Mexico, whose award was presented for the artist’s prominence in the field, the quality of his body of work and the regard in which he is held by patrons and artists.

The weekend-long event included a guided tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 9 for collectors and artists. Before the Sept. 10 opening of Quest for the West®, several of the participating artists conducted public demonstrations of painting or drawing, using the same dog models, in the museum studios.

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Eiteljorg Museum                            

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Eiteljorg Museum


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