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Quest for the West artist MC Poulsen

by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian 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 MC Poulsen.

Poulsen 2015
M.C. Poulsen
Born 1953, in Akron, Ohio; lives in Cody, Wyoming

Lost Falls
2015, oil on board, 50 x 22 inches
Waterfalls indeed capture our spirits in some wild, romantic way. They inspire deeper and different meanings in all of us. These crashes of great power and force in our lives are always the ones we remember, and define our character in their own unique way...and it is this part in a river’s journey that captivates us the most. There is solace in the reminder, that no "river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea."

WHEN HIS PARENTS bought a ranch near Cody, Wyoming, M.C. Poulsen became an instant Westerner. Exploring the surrounding rugged terrain on horseback, he developed an abiding love for the land. As a child, Poulsen loved art, and enjoyed copying paintings and reading art books. After enlisting in the Marines, he was stationed near Washington, D. C. where he visited museums to view the portraits that influenced his own portraiture. Poulsen was studying art on the G.I. Bill at Arizona State University when he chanced to meet the artist Olaf Wieghorst in a Scottsdale gallery. The older artist graciously critiqued his work, then recommended him to a gallery that showed his work for several years.

 In the late 1970s, Poulsen returned to Wyoming where he built a house and studio in an idyllic setting near Yellowstone Park. There he spends summers sketching and gathering material for paintings he completes each winter.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2008    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Honored Artist
2007    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, People’s Choice Award (also 2004, 2000, and 1998)

Gallery Representation:
Altermann Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mountain Trail Galleries, Palm Desert, California, and Park City, Utah
Poulsen Studio, Cody, Wyoming
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming 


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.

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

•  WEEKEND COUPLE PACKAGE: $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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