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  • Quest for the West artist Gerald Balciar

    by The Eiteljorg Musem of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 16, 2016
    Balciar 2016a
    Gerald Balciar

    Born 1942 in Medford, Wisconsin; lives in Parker, Colorado

    Guardian Angel
    2016, bronze, edition of 45, 12 x 15 x 12 inches

    In this sculpture I wanted to show how protective a mother duck can be of her brood. I remember as a kid sneaking up on a small slough no bigger than a puddle by the river with a hen and about a dozen ducklings. I made a dash into the water, thinking, “I am going to catch a baby duck.” The hen flew off and all the ducklings dove under water. I still don’t know to this day how that mother duck saved her family, because I waited for them to surface and they never did.

    LIKE MANY artists, Gerald Balciar’s fascination with art began when he was a young boy. Growing up in rural Wisconsin, he was fascinated by the wild animals in the woods near his home and taught himself how to sketch them. In 1964, after learning to work in clay, he cast his first bronze. He later began to carve in stone as well.

    Balciar’s empathy for animals, enhanced by careful research and occasional work from live models, forms the basis for his sympathetic portrayals of wildlife, which are admired by zoologists and wildlife advocates. His creations range from small works to monumental installations. His largest marble is Canyon Princess, an 18-foot, 16,000-pound cougar carved from a single block and installed at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. In order to have the marble he prefers, he stores a huge supply near his studio and on land he owns near a quarry.

    Notable Awards and Achievements

    2014       Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Keepsake
    2012       Autry Museum of the American West, Masters of the American West, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Sculpture Award
    2009       Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence
    2009       Montana Historical Society, Western Rendezvous of Art, People’s Choice Award
    2007       National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award
    1999       Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, William E. Weiss Purchase Award
    1991       National Academy of Western Art, Prix de West, Gold Medal
    1990       National Academy of Western Art, Prix de West, Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Buyers’ Choice Award and Silver Medal
    1985       National Academy of Western Art, Prix de West, Purchase Award and Gold Medal 


    Allied Artists of America
    Society of Animal Artists

    Gallery Representation

    Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
    Big Horn Galleries, Cody, Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
    Broadmoor Gallery, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Knox Galleries, Beaver Creek, Colorado
    Sorrel Sky Galleries, Durango, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Whistle Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Texas

  • Quest for the West - Amazing Success!

    by User Not Found | Sep 26, 2012
    This past weekend the Eiteljorg Museum hosted one of its largest events of the year, Quest for the West! The turnout was just one of the successful points of the weekend! All of the guests were thoroughly impressed with the decorations, food, and pieces of art that were for sale. Each day during the weekend there were different events taking place all throughout the museum.

    Friday night was a dedication night to the Artist of Distinction, Doug Hyde. There was a small reception, as well as a speech from Mr. Hyde that night. Saturday was the main day for the big event- the art sale! There were close to two hundred pieces of art up for sale!

    At the end of the night on Saturday there was a huge reception and awards ceremony. We were at maximum capacity for the event, which turned out to be a wonderful challenge! With new tent regulations in place we had to plan how to successfully fit over 300 guests under our tent…the set-up turned out great! The beautiful weather was an added bonus to the Saturday and Sunday events! Sunday was the final day of the event; it concluded with a wonderful brunch in the morning.

    Overall, Quest for the West went beautifully and it seemed that all of the guests enjoyed their time at the Eiteljorg Museum! We hope to have next year’s Quest for the West event be just as, if not more, successful than it was this past weekend!

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  • Quest for the Best = 7th annual Quest for the West

    by Kay Hinds | Aug 02, 2012

    Quest for the WestThe countdown for the 7th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale has begun. Invitations landed in mailboxes in July. In no time at all, registrants participating in opening weekend activities Sept. 7-9 will enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at the Eiteljorg Museum. 

    What’s it all about? Many staff members describe Quest as their favorite annual event at the Eiteljorg. Each year 50 top notch artists, known for their outstanding Western-themed art, are invited to participate in a unique show which boasts the “best of the West.” Artists create original works of art which are available for purchase during an opening weekend sale.

    This year, 45 artists will attend opening weekend activities. Registered guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their work while enjoying the company of fledgling and long-time art collectors. Many friendships have developed during Quest weekend--between artists and guests and fellow collectors. The opportunity to meet nationally known artists in an intimate setting makes the Quest show appealing to registrants.

    On Friday, Sept. 7, an evening reception will honor outstanding sculptor and 2011 Quest Artist of Distinction Doug Hyde as he unveils his exhibit, Shaped by Stone: The Sculpture of Doug Hyde. Saturday highlights include a brunch followed by a panel of artists describing their “on location” experiences, an evening reception and the sale and a banquet and awards ceremony. A light breakfast will be available at the Eiteljorg on Sunday morning.

    Interested in joining the fun? Weekend registrations for couples cost $400 for members and $450 for non-members. Individuals may register for a $250 member or $300 non-member fee. To view the list of artists, the complete weekend schedule, registration forms and see images of some of the art available for purchase, go to the Eiteljorg Museum website Art images will be added to the website as art is received.

    However, you needn’t attend Quest to participate in the sale. Register as an Absentee Buyer for $150 and curators will see that your ballot is added to draw boxes before the sale starts.

    A “luck of the draw” sale means art is offered at fixed prices and may be purchased by individuals who select art and place ballots in boxes located by each piece of art the night of the sale. Suspense builds during the sale as participants learn who will be the proud owners of Quest art on display. Absentee buyers will be told about sale results via phone or e-mail. Art not claimed during the sale will be available for purchase by the public from Sunday, Sept. 9 – Oct. 7, when the Quest for the West exhibition is open to the public.

    Purchased art will remain at the Eiteljorg until the close of the Quest exhibit. After Oct. 7, art will be shipped to buyers. And art that graced the Eiteljorg during the Quest show will be displayed at homes and businesses located throughout the United States. 

    Want to join the 250+ individuals who are already registered for Quest’s opening weekend?  Call me at 317.275.1341 or e-mail to register. I promise you’ll have a memorable experience!

    Kay Hinds is the development coordinator

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