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Quest for the West Artist Mike Desatnick

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 10, 2015
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Born in 1943, in Hammond, Indiana; lives in Durango, Colorado. 

MIKE DESATNICK was born in Hammond, Indiana, and after graduating from high school, worked in the local steel mills. After a decorated tour of combat in Vietnam, he began his art career by enrolling at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After completing his studies, the faculty of the American Academy of Art invited Mike to join them, and he was a popular, award winning instructor. In the summers he traveled to the Southwest to perfect his skills. Frequent trips to Taos allowed Mike to pose and paint elders of the Pueblo, some of whom had posed for members of the Taos Society of Artists as young men. In 1978 he moved west to pursue his fine art full time. Since then his works have been published in every major art magazine and several books.

His paintings hang in many prominent collections, and he has participated in major shows such as Allied Artists, New York, New York, Artist of America, Denver, Colorado, The Western Heritage Sale, Houston, Texas, Peking China Exhibition, Peking, China, the Masters of the American West show, Los Angeles, California, and Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum. His work is also included in the U.S. Art in Embassies Program. Mike currently resides in Durango, Colorado with his wife Dyan.

High Desert Flowers
2015, oil, 48 x 30 inches
My paintings are a reflection of life’s experiences of varied people, their traditions and cultures. I am privileged and proud to record them respectfully.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
    American Express Collector’s Edition
1981    American Western Art Exhibition Peking, China, Poster Artist
1977    John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Fellowship Finalist
1976    52nd Annual Hoosier Salon - 1st place Figure and Portrait
1975    Society of Illustrators Annual Scholastic Award
1975    John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Fellowship Finalist

Gallery Representation:
Goodnight Galleries – Mancos, Colorado

Oil Painters of America

Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation's top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

  $250 Member; $300 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

$450 Member; $500 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)


For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend. 
Quest for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.


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