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More than $1 million in top Western art sold at Eiteljorg at 12th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale

by | Sep 12, 2017


INDIANAPOLIS – Another successful opening for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale generated $1,035,040 for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and participating artists. Nearly 400 collectors and art enthusiasts met 49 leading Western artists during the 12th annual show and sale Sept. 8-9 at the Eiteljorg.

The exhibition presenting 162 Quest for the West® art works is now open to the general public with regular museum admission and will remain on view at the Eiteljorg through Oct. 8. Buyers can continue to purchase any unsold art until then.

A new feature at this year’s Quest was a popular miniature art sale on Sept. 8 where the same renowned Western artists offered smaller paintings and sculptures in addition to their main works. Enthusiastic buyers snapped up almost all of the miniatures and were able to take them home the evening of the sale.

“As one of the Eiteljorg’s key fund-raising events, Quest for the West® provides an opportunity to support Western artists by connecting them with collectors who make it possible for them to pursue their creative visions,” Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said. “We are inspired by the Quest art works that beautifully convey the complexity of the American West, past and present, and are looking forward to museum visitors enjoying the exhibit over the next month. We were very pleased that the first-ever Quest miniature art sale was enthusiastically embraced by artists and collectors alike.”

This year’s event featured the opening of a special exhibit honoring Santa Fe artist P.A. Nisbet, who was named Quest Artist of Distinction in 2016. The exhibit Light, Space, and Power: The Art of P.A. Nisbet features some of the painter’s most compelling landscapes and seascapes and will be on view in the museum’s Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery through Nov. 19.

The Eiteljorg Museum thanks the presenting sponsors of the 12th annual Quest for the West®, Cardinal Contracting, LLC, and the Western Art Society, as well as other corporate sponsors, including Avis Industrial Corp. and Ice Miller, and individual donors.

Proceeds from sales of Quest for the West® art will go toward Eiteljorg operations and for the museum’s acquisition of the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award painting. More information is at this link:

2017 Quest award recipients

During a gala Saturday night, several artists were honored with awards for excellence:

2017 Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
John Moyers of Santa Fe, N.M., The Way to Sacred Water
Presented by the Western Art Society

The Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
Tim Cherry of Branson, Mo., Big Gulp
Presented by Michael and Carla Leppert 

The Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
Jay Moore of Parker, Colo., Wild Plum Blossoms
Presented by Stephen and Jane Marmon

The Victor Higgins Award of Distinction
Jerry Jordan of Taos, N.M., Footsteps in Footsteps Make Eternity
Presented by Catherine and Robert Turner

The Artists’ Choice Award
Glenn Dean of Cambria, Calif., The Call of the Horizon
Presented by Ed and Phyllis Cockerill

The Patrons’ Choice Award
John Buxton of Allison Park, Penn., A Rhythm of the River
Presented by the Booth Western Art Museum

The 2017 Artist of Distinction Award  
Howard Post of Queen Creek, Ariz., Double Yellow
Presented by the Western Art Society


About the Eiteljorg:
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. Located on the Central Canal in White River State Park at 500 West Washington St., the Eiteljorg Museum recently was named one of the USA Today Readers’ Choice 10 Best Indiana Attractions.

Captions for attached images:

John Moyers
The Way to Sacred Water, 2017
Oil, 36 x 36 in.
Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award

Howard Post
Double Yellow, 2017
Oil, 24 x 48 in 
2017 Quest for the West® Artist of Distinction Award


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