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Quest for the West artist Gladys Roldan-de-Moras

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and American Art | Aug 20, 2015
Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Gladys Roldan-de-Moras.

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Gladys Roldan-de-Moras
Born 1963, in Monterrey, Mexico; lives in San Antonio, Texas

Devotion, San Jose Mission, San Antonio, Texas
2015, oil on linen, 48 x 48 inches 
Always proud of my Colombian and Mexican heritage, my passion for art is reflected in colorful paintings showcasing Latin and South Central Texan culture. I focus on capturing the essence of light, movement, and the natural surroundings unique to the subject matter I am depicting. Often my work is inspired by my love of music and favorite operas, such as Puccini
s La Boheme. Music lifts my soul.

BORN AND RAISED in Monterrey, Mexico, Gladys Roldan-de-Moras is often known for her paintings, which spotlight Spanish culture, including courageous, gallant Mexican escaramuzas daringly riding horses sidesaddle in a rodeo-style festival, romantic Flamenco senoritas clad in exuberant Andalusian dresses, and old-fashioned, delicate damsels in intimate, exquisite poses.  After living in San Antonio for over 25 years, she finds great inspiration in representing her love of Spanish culture. “I try to paint the beauty around me,” says Gladys of her work, “I am inspired by turn-of-the-century Spanish painters.”

Her talent has landed her work in many private and public permanent collections, at the national and international levels. Gladys’ striking, romantic art has been cited in several publications such as Southwest Art Magazine, American Western Art Collector, Western Art and Architecture, Architectural Digest European Edition, San Antonio Express-News, Western American Literature, Art Business News, El Dictamen de Veracruz, and La Voz Latina, to name a few.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2014    Master Signature Member of the American Women Artists
2013    Master Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society
2013    American Impressionist Society 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition Award of Merit
2013    Finalist RayMar Art Painting Competition
2013    American Women Artists National Juried Competition Award of Merit
2013    Award of Merit-Online Juried Competition AWA
2013    13th Annual AMERICAN IMPRESSIONIST SOCIETY National Juried Exhibition "Best of Show"
2011    Coppini Academy of Fine Arts "Artist of the Year" Award.
2010    "People's Choice Award" Coppini Academy of Fine Arts Miniature Show
2010    "American Impressionist Society" Award for Excellence in Painting at the National Juried Show and Competition in Nashville, TN..
2009    Fine Art Views Competition Finalist sponsored by Fine Art Studio Online
2009    Fine Art Views Painting Competition sponsored by Fine Art Studio Online

The Julian Onderdonk Memorial Purchase Award at the 74th Annual San Antonio Art League and Museum

Artist Magazine Award for Excellence in Painting" at the Oil Painters of America " Fourteenth Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils

Grumbacher Award

"Jury's Top 50," Salon International 2007 and 2009, International Museum of  Contemporary Masters

Master Signature Membership American Impressionist Society
Master Signature Membership American Women Artist
Oil Painters of America
American Society of Classical Realism

Gallery Representation:
InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg,Texas
Greenberg Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico


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.



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