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Quest for the West®

Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale
Now Open - Oct. 7, 2018


Krystii Melaine, Within Life's Circle, 2018
Oil on linen, 36 x 18 in.
Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award in 2018

Nearly $1 million in top Western art was sold Sept. 7-8 during the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, held at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis.

The 13th annual Quest for the West® brought together 50 of the nation’s leading Western artists and approximately 300 art collectors for a luck-of-the-draw sale and awards gala. All the Quest art works, including more than 160 paintings, drawings and sculptures will remain on exhibit for the public to see until Oct.7. Buyers can continue to purchase any unsold art until then. Click here to view the photo gallery.

This year’s Quest for the West®  also featured the opening of a new special exhibit looking at the work of artist Howard Post of Tucson, Ariz., who was last year’s Quest Artist of Distinction. The exhibit Western Perspectives: The Art of Howard Post features the painter’s intriguing “ranchscape” paintings that will be on view in the museum’s Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery through Nov. 25.

2018 Quest award recipients

During a celebration Sept. 8, several artists were honored with awards for excellence:

2018 Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award 
Krystii Melaine of Colbert, Wash., Within Life’s Circle 
Presented by the Western Art Society

The Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture 
Scott Rogers of Logan, Utah, Football, circa 1890
Presented by Mike and Carla Leppert 

The Henry Farny Award for Best Painting 
Glenn Dean of Cambria, Calif., In the Balance
Presented by Stephen and Jane Marmon

The Victor Higgins Award of Distinction 
Josh Elliott of Helena, Mont., for works including Under a Full Moon 
Presented by Catherine and Robert Turner

The Artists’ Choice Award 
Mark Kelso of Bargersville, Ind., Riverdance
Presented by Ed and Phyllis Cockerill

The Patrons’ Choice Award 
Krystii Melaine of Colbert, Wash., Spirit of the Wolf
Presented by the Booth Western Art Museum

The 2018 Artist of Distinction Award  
H. David Wright of Gallatin, Tenn., for works including Honored Warrior 
Presented by the Western Art Society

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