Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale draws record crowd and more than $870,000 in sales

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Eiteljorg Museum's seventh annual Quest for the West opening weekend drew more than 450 people and should bring nealry $1 million in sales when the exhibit closes Oct.7.

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The seventh-annual Quest proven that this event has gained national prominence for the Eiteljorg and Indianapolis,” said John Vanausdall, president and CEO.

Last weekend’s seventh-annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, presented by BMO Private Bank, at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, attracted a record crowd of more than 450 guests and generated $876,000 in art sales. Expectations for the sale to surpass $1 million are high given the interest from buyers after the sale.

“The seventh-annual Quest proven that this event has gained national prominence for the Eiteljorg and Indianapolis,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg Museum president and CEO. “Nearly one quarter of participants were registered before the invitations were mailed proving that Quest has helped position the museum and city as an arts center nationally.”

Quest for the West is significant for the Eiteljorg Museum. It is the only Western art show and sale hosted by a major museum east of the Mississippi. Guests from across the country visited Indianapolis to seek and buy some of the best traditional Western art being created by today’s leading Western artists. A portion of Quest proceeds will help the Eiteljorg build its collection of world-class art.

Quest for the West opening weekend activities included the art sale, featuring works by noted Western artists, including Robert Griffing, Curt Walters, Daniel Smith and Doug Hyde; and new Quest artists Bruce Cheever, Heide Presse and Adam Smith; a gala reception; demonstrations; lectures and opportunities to meet participating artists.

The art that did not sell that evening is available for purchase until Quest for the West closes on Oct. 7. To see artwork still available for purchase visit the Quest gallery online.

Renowned sculptor, Doug Hyde, is concurrently featured in a special exhibition of his work at the Eiteljorg for winning the Artist of Distinction Award at Quest in 2011. This show, Shaped by Stone: The Sculpture of Doug Hyde, will be on view until Nov. 11.

Artists awarded for excellence

At the Quest for the West banquet and awards ceremony, artists were recognized for their work. Award categories and recipients are:

Patrons’ Choice Award, presented by The Booth Western Art Museum
Chosen by attending patrons.
Curt Walters, Crystal Rain

Artists’ Choice Award
Chosen by attending artists.
P.A. Nisbet, Sovereign Sky

Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award, presented by The Western Art Society
P.A. Nisbet, Beneath the Blue Moon Bench

Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
Presented by Mike and Carla Leppert
Doug Hyde, Salmon Run

Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
Presented by Southwest Art Magazine
Curt Walters, Temple Bar: Lake Mead

Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for best body of work in the show
Presented by Catherine and Robert Turner
Howard Post

Artist of Distinction Award
Presented by The Western Art Society
John Coleman
The artist will be honored with a one-man show at Quest 2013.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum, which opened in 1989, is located in Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit http://www.eiteljorg.org.

The museum would like to thank this year’s sponsors of Quest for the West:

Presenting Sponsor
BMO Private Bank

Trail Bosses
Cardinal Consulting
Wells Fargo Advisors

Drovers
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Gregory & Appel Insurance
Heritage Auctions
Betsey Harvey
Steve and Jane Marmon
Mel and Joan Perelman
Bill and Roberta Witchger

Mavericks
David and Caryn Anderson
Ed and Phyllis Cockerill
L.G. and Alyce Edwards
Tom and Evelyn Seeley
Watts Fine Art

Buckaroos
Howard and Frankie Alper
High Noon Western Americana
Stan and Sandy Hurt
David and Virginia Mullins
Robert Oppelt and Beth Meloy
Catherine and Robert Turner
Steve and Sharon Zimmerman

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum, which opened in 1989, is located in Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit http://www.eiteljorg.org.

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