Eiteljorg Musuem Blog
  • Eiteljorg says goodbye to valued colleagues

    by Rachel Foley, marketing and communications summer intern | Sep 21, 2018

    Over the summer, the Eiteljorg said farewell to some committed employees who have moved on to new adventures and welcomed colleagues to new roles:

    Sheila Jackson
    Sheila Jackson

    In August, Sheila Jackson retired after seven years as membership manager. Creative and enthusiastic, Sheila has been an integral force in cementing the museum’s relationships with its members. She managed all member relations, planned special events for members and also assisted the Eagle Society — a highly involved group of Eiteljorg members who are especially supportive of the museum. Sheila worked hard to build special programming events and organize home receptions for the Eagles. An artist herself, Sheila had a special knack for creating beautiful centerpieces for Eiteljorg exhibit openings. Sheila retired to spend more time with her grandchildren and to illustrate a book.

    The Eiteljorg welcomes Cassandra Sanborn as the new membership/donor engagement manager. Cassandra served since 2012 as director of engagement for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services. With experience in fund-raising, donor retention and grant submissions, Cassandra is a Purdue University graduate who is working on her master’s in public administration at IUPUI.

    Kelsey Donson
    Kelsey Donson

    Kelsey Donson, who was manager of catering and rental events for two and a half years, departed in May. When couples booked weddings and receptions at the Eiteljorg or corporate event planners reserved museum space for company functions, Kelsey was in charge of ensuring all details of their special day went exactly as planned. Kelsey and her family relocated to another city, and Lorna Speece, who had been co-coordinator of Guest Services and previously served as a security supervisor, succeeded her as manager of catering and rental events. For information about renting the Eiteljorg for an event, visit

    Brandi Crocker, former guest services manager was promoted to the newly created position of public events coordinator, which includes overseeing the museum’s annual Indian Market and Festival (IMF). Brandi brings a wealth of knowledge to the position along with her passion for providing amazing visitor experiences. Jaq Nigg who previously managed IMF, moved on to a new opportunity at The Cabaret. Shelby Barlow is now the manager of guest services and brings experience with other area museums to this position. Eric Hinkle is now the fulltime education services coordinator, having previously shared this position with Jan Eason who retired in April after 26 years at the museum.

    To read full stories on Eiteljorg employees past and present including new employee profiles, click on the links above, or visit this link:

    This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of Storyteller magazine

  • Local artist from Quest for the West® profiled in newspaper story

    by | | Sep 20, 2018

    Mark Kelso_Quest for the West_Riverdance
    Artist Mark Kelso on Sept. 8 received the Quest for the West® Artists' Choice Award, presented by Ed and Phyllis Cockerill, for his painting, Riverdance. 

    The Johnson County Daily Journal newspaper published this feature story about Quest for the West® and profiled a local Quest artist, Mark Kelso of Johnson County, Ind., whose paintings appear in the Quest exhibit. Read the two-page article at this link:  Daily Journal Story Quest 9.20.18

  • Western Art Collector magazine preview of Quest for the West®

    by | | Aug 29, 2018


    Western Art Collector
     magazine published a spread about the 13th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum. The sale is Sept. 7-8 and the Quest exhibit is open to the general public Sept. 9-Oct. 7.  Read the article at this link:
    Western.Art.Collector_August 2018_Quest Preview

    Image caption:

    George Hallmark
    La Parroquia, 2018
    Oil on linen
    36 x 36 inches

  • Native Arts magazine trains museum spotlight on the Eiteljorg

    by | | Aug 22, 2018

    Native Arts Magazine, a publication of Santa Fean Magazine, included the Eiteljorg in its August “museum spotlight” issue. To read it, click on the link:
    Native Arts Magazine -- Santa Fean

  • Southwest Art magazine: Quest for the West® preview article

    by | | Aug 17, 2018

    In its September issue, Southwest Art magazine published this thorough preview story about the13th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, taking place at the Eiteljorg Museum on Sept. 7-8.  Please read the story at this link:
    Southwest Art - Quest article - September 2018.

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