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  • America's top Western artists return to Indy for Quest for the West®

    by Bryan Corbin, Editor, Storyteller Magazine | Aug 23, 2017

    This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of Storyteller magazine. 

    The Eiteljorg again will be the center of the Western art universe Sept. 8-9 when prominent artists converge at the museum to offer striking new works depicting the Fellows_Where_the_Sun_Goesgrandeur of the American West. The 12th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for art collectors; and since the Quest art will be on exhibit through Oct. 8, visitors can experience the powerful beauty of the Western paintings and sculpture.

    Considered one of the leading Western art shows in the nation for the quality of the art and exceptional hospitality, Quest for the West® has elevated the Eiteljorg’s profile while connecting top Western artists and a base of longtime and new art collectors. The newly created Quest works feature dramatic landscapes and iconic scenes of cowboys, Native Americans, horses and bison depicted in a memorable era in the nation’s history, as well as in the West of today.

    “We’re thrilled by the popularity of the Quest show among visitors who come to the Eiteljorg specifically to see the contemporary realist Western art,” Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said. “Our museum’s Western Art Society was visionary in advocating for creating Quest in 2006 to bring beautiful new works to the Eiteljorg each year.”

    Robert_Griffing_On_the_Banks_of_the_AllegheniesAt Quest, 49 artists will show nearly 200 recent works not exhibited previously. Returning artists include longtime participants Michael Dudash, Robert Griffing, Curt Mattson, P.A. Nisbet and Roseta Santiago among others. Six artists are making their first Quest appearances: Russell Case, Rox Corbett, Deborah Copenhaver Fellows, David Grossmann, Mark Maggiori and Tim Solliday. Nisbet is the Quest Artist of Distinction, and a special exhibit of his work opens Sept. 8 in the Paul Gallery.

    D_Smith_Deep_Forest_DescentOn Saturday, Sept. 9, potential buyers can mingle with artists and enjoy paintings and sculptures in the special exhibit gallery while entering their names into a luck-of-the-draw lottery for the chance to purchase pieces. By longstanding Eiteljorg tradition, a trumpeter playing a fanfare marks the start and end of each interval to enter the drawing. The collector drawn first has the option to purchase a piece. If he or she declines, the work is offered to the next name drawn until a buyer accepts.

    An exciting weekend of Quest-related events awaits. Registered Quest guests can enjoy an afternoon open house Friday Sept. 8 at Cathy and Bob Turner’s Zionsville home to see Western art in context, followed by the Quest Miniature Art Sale that evening at the museum; and then a gala opening Saturday Sept. 9, with dinner by Kahn’s Catering. For reservations, contact khinds@eiteljorg.com or (317) 275-1341. Curt Mattson created this year’s Eiteljorg Keepsake that Quest attendees can enter to win.

    Grossmann_Summer_Dusk_PatternsAt last year’s Quest for the West®, nearly $1 million in art was sold. The museum keeps a percentage of art sales to support its operations and to acquire the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award artwork.

    Quest art can be viewed in advance of the sale at www.quest.eiteljorg.org. Works not sold opening weekend are available for purchase until Oct. 8, when the exhibition closes.

    IMAGE CAPTIONS:

    Deborah Copenhaver Fellows
    Where the Sun Goes, 2016
    Bronze
    26 x 18 ½ x 11 inches

    Robert Griffing
    On the Banks of the Alleghenies, 2017
    Oil on linen
    24 x 40 inches

    Daniel Smith
    Deep Forest Descent, 2017
    Acrylic
    20 x 20 inches

    David Grossmann
    Summer Dusk Patterns, 2017
    Oil on linen panel
    30 x 40 inches







  • Quest for the West Artist H David Wright

    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 H. David Wright.

    Wright 2015
    H. David Wright
    Born 1942, in Rosine, Kentucky; lives in Gallatin, Tennessee
    Wright_Bent's_Fort_Arrival
    Bent’s Fort Arrival
    2015, oil on panel, 30 x 22 inches
    Bent’s Fort in present day Colorado was a gathering place during the western fur trade in the second quarter of the 19th century. Trappers, traders, and Indians flocked there to exchange their goods for supplies. My painting depicts a trapper as he might have looked after arrival at the post while camped outside the adobe fort. He displays fresh beaver plews still stretched on willow hoops. Once dry they will be traded for needed supplies.

    IF ONE WORD epitomizes the work of H. David Wright, it is “authentic.” David Wright has been ever drawn to artistically depicting the American frontier and the grand imprints of American history such as the Civil War.  Always set in studied landscapes that capture the fullness of topographic beauty and the richness of the local milieu, his paintings unfailingly reflect a love for country, history, and nature.

    Impeccable research and insightful realization are hallmarks of his paintings. While his forty plus years of painting include European and American training, it is in his studio and field research that his paintings become as distinctive as they are informative.

    Born in Kentucky and raised in Tennessee, Wright’s art captures the scenic beauty of the region while chronicling memorable episodes in American history. He is drawn to the awakening American frontier and the grand imprints of American history such as the Civil War.  His commissioned artistic centerpiece, Gateway to the West—Daniel Boone Leading the Settlers Through the Cumberland Gap, 1775, graces the visitor’s center at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, in Kentucky. His paintings are frequently featured in television documentaries, as is he, as historian and subject expert. Wright is a founding member of the Southern Light Artists of America.

    Notable awards and achievements:
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Work of Distinction Award
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
    2007    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
    2005    Nominated for an EMMY for art direction, History Channel’s First Invasion—The War of 1812

    Memberships:
    Southern Light Artists of America

    Gallery representation:
    Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona
    Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    www.davidwrightart.com

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  • Quest for the West artist Curt Walters

    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 Curt Walters.
    Walters 2015

    Curt Walters
    Born 1950, in Las Cruces, New Mexico; lives in Sedona, Arizona
    Walters_Januarius

    Januarius
    2015, oil, 24 x 24 inches
    In January I was painting near Powell Point. As evening approached, a fog remained on the North Rim just above the Coconino Sandstone formation.  A waxing gibbous moon, just less than full, was ascending in the east as the sun was descending in the west. Cheops Pyramid and Buddha Temple are bathed in sun above the shadows of the inner Canyon.

    THE GRAND CANYON is among Curt Walters’ favorite subjects. Its allure inspired him to move to Sedona, Arizona, in 1979, to be closer to it and other southwestern subjects. Considered by many to be the greatest living Grand Canyon artist, he also works actively with the Grand Canyon non-profits to preserve the Canyon by raising funds and awareness of the steadily degrading state of its environment.

    Growing up in a farming community in northern New Mexico, was the foundation for Walters’ love of grand landscapes.  In 1972, Walters began to exhibit in Taos, New Mexico, and lived there before moving to Sedona. Walters continues to devote himself to portraying the western landscape in paintings infused with his great reverence for its massive and complex beauty.  He also travels and paints the world and considers himself an American artist, not just a western artist.

    Notable awards and achievements:
    2011    The Phoenix Art Museum, The West Select, Kieckhefer Best of Show Award
    2011    The Phoenix Art Museum, The West Select, Best Oil Painting
    2011    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Nora Jean Hulsey’s Buyers’ Choice Award
    2011    Gilcrease Museum, Rendezvous of Art show, Featured Artist
    2010    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
    2008    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artist of Distinction Award
    2008    Autry National Center, Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale, Trustees’ Purchase Award
    2007    Art of the West 20th anniversary issue (November/December 2007) proclaimed Walters among “Eight True Masters”
    2007    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Victor Higgins Work of Distinction and Patrons’ Choice Award
    2007    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Purchase Award and Buyers’ Choice Award
    2006    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Best Overall Presentation
    2005    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Frederic Remington Award (also 2004)

    Gallery representation:
    Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
    Claggett/Rey Gallery, Vail, Colorado
    www.curtwalters.com

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  • Quest for the West artist Andy Thomas

    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 Andy Thomas.
    Thomas 2015

    Andy Thomas
    Born in 1957, Murfreesboro, Tennessee; lives in Carthage, Missouri
    Thomas_Last_of_the_Posse-smaller

    Last of the Posse
    2015, oil on linen, 26 x 38 inches
    The last three members of the Posse make a perilous retreat after they were waylaid by the fugitive. The Big Swede had watched the posse wither from a throng of eager would-be killers to these three, who had dogged him all afternoon. These men are made of tougher gristle, he thought, and now they have me cornered up in these rocks. Either good men will die or a hero will be born. 

                BORN IN TENNESSEE, Andy Thomas graduated in 1981 with a degree in Marketing from Missouri State Southern State University. After 16 years in the advertising business, Thomas resigned his position as Staff Vice-President of Marketing Services for a Fortune 500 company to pursue painting full time. He considers his lack of formal art education an asset as he has developed a lifetime habit of artistic exploration.

                Known as “The Storyteller,” Thomas has a fondness for historical scenes that allow him to tell a story through paint, combining his love of both art and history. He is known for his realistic imagery of western scenes, presidents, and historical figures. Thomas has been featured in many magazines and his illustrations have appeared in many books. The Artful Journey, a book of Thomas’ works, includes short stories written by the artist about each piece. Thomas keeps active judging art shows and giving art lessons to both children and adults.

    Gallery representation:
    Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas

    Memberships:
    Salmagundi Club non-resident artist
    www.andythomas.com

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  • Quest for the West artist Craig Tennant

    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 Craig Tennant.
    Tennant 2015

    Craig Tennant
    Born 1946, in New Jersey; lives in Golden, Colorado

    Tennant_Crossing_the_Valleys
    Crossing the Valleys
    2015, oil, 20 x 30 inches
    We all enjoy walking or riding through the valleys, the problems arise when we have to climb the mountains on the other side.

    CRAIG TENNANT BEGAN HIS EARLY art training in 1967 with Grey Advertising in New York. Starting in the mat room he quickly moved to mechanicals, and then was made the Assistant Art Director for the Kool Aid account. In 1970, he joined the staff of illustrators at BBD&O, where he worked on a variety of major, national accounts.

    In 1989, Tennant moved to Colorado to focus on western oil paintings. He started his own publishing business, Cheyenne Press, in 1994, to promote his work. The same year, he was voted 21st in the nation’s top print artists (by a U.S. Art Magazine survey of over 850 galleries nationwide.) In 1996 Tennant was commissioned by the Park Meadows Shopping Resort to paint a Colorado scene for the Nordstrom entrance.

    His work has appeared on the covers of Western Lifestyles, Wild West, The Equine Image, Rocky Mountain Rider, Colorado Country Life, Muzzleloader and Beef magazines. He has been the subject of additional feature articles in Western Horseman, Art of the West, Western Lifestyles, Southwest Art, American Cowboy, US Art, InformArt and others. Four of his Native American paintings are shown in Crabtree Publishing's Native Nations of North America series of children's books published in 2001.

    Notable Awards and Achievements:
    2014    Oil Painters of America, Gold Medal
    2014    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
    2013    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
    2012    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year
    2009    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Frederic Remington Painting Award
    2008    National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West, Buyer's Choice Award
    2007    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Featured Artist (also 2005 and 2006)
    2004    Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, People’s Choice Award (also 2001 and 2002)
    2001    Stampede Western Invitational Art Exhibit & Sale, People’s Choice Award (also 2000)

    Memberships:
    Oil Painters of America

    WANT TO REGISTER FOR QUEST OPENING WEEKEND (SEPT. 11- 13)?
    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.

    •  ABSENTEE BUYER OR PURCHASE OF ADDITIONAL BID BOOKS: $150/bid book
    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)

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SALE (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 khinds@eiteljorg.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.

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