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Quest for the West artist Heide Presse

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western 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 Heide Presse.

Presse 2015
Heide Presse
Born 1958, in Heidelberg, Germany; lives in Tampa, Florida

Eight Days to Denver
2015, oil on linen, 19 x 36 inches
Butterfield's Overland Despatch Co. moved freight, mail, and passengers between the Missouri River and Denver on the Smoky Hill Trail. Advertisements declared "Time to Denver, 8 days," and the fare was $175 per passenger, not including meals. The first express stagecoach left Atchison, Kansas in September 1865.

COMBINING HER INTERESTS in history, art, and needlework, Heide Presse’s paintings reveal many talents. Recently, while reading the journals of overland emigrants, Heide was inspired to bring them to life. Painting mid-nineteenth century subjects allows her to indulge her love of textiles and period clothing. Learning to sew historically accurate quilts and garments, and participating in living history, has also given her a better understanding of the lives of the people she is striving to portray.

            Scenes from everyday life are among Heide’s favorite subjects, and she uses lighting and rich color to find glory in the ordinary. Showing artistic talent since she was a young child, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and after working in advertising, panting became he focus.  Born in Germany and raised in Louisiana, Heide lives for a while in Texas, but not lives on the west coast of Florida with her husband, Jim, and son, Alex.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2006    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Founders’ Favorite Award
2005    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Judges’ Choice Award
2002    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Grand Prize Winner for Mini 50 and Collectors’ Choice Award
2001    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Region I Winner and San Antonio Missions NHP Purchase Award
1997    National Park Service, Arts for the Parks, Collectors’ Choice Award and Founders’ Favorite Award

Gallery Representation:
Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 


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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