Eiteljorg Museum Hosts Quest for the West

Press Release

The Eitlejorg Museum in Indianapolis will host the Quest for the West Art Show and Sale starting September 11 in the Circle City. Collectors and art enthusiasts from around the world are expected flock to Indy to attend the fourth annual invitational art exhibition and fixed-price sale featuring some of the nation’s top Western artists. The intimate event provides a unique opportunity for veteran and novice collectors to meet and interact with artists.

Opening weekend activities are scheduled for Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12, 2009. These will include the art sale, a gala reception, demonstrations and opportunities to meet participating artists. Among the honors presented during opening weekend will be a Purchase Award that will recognize creative excellence and add important artwork to the museum’s permanent collection.Last year’s Purchase Award went to Robert Griffing for his stunning piece, Secrets of the Dark Forest. This piece depicts two Shawnee men in the eastern Woodland forest looking for changes in the terrain indicating the recent passing of game or other humans. “This ability gave woodland Indians the power to unlock the secrets of the dark forest,” said Griffing in his statement about the work. This piece is now a part of the permanent collection at the museum for the people of Indianapolis to enjoy.

Last year, Curt Walters was named Quest for the West Artist of Distinction, an honor that includes an exhibition during the 2010 sale and show. Walters’ exhibition is titled Moments and Monuments: The Plein Aire and Studio Paintings of Curt Walters. Considered by many to be the greatest living Grand Canyon artist, Curt Walters paints the Canyon in all its rugged beauty, in every season and from a myriad of vantage points. He depicts in color and light the lyrical, reverent awe one feels when standing before that immense, yawning Canyon. This beautiful show will be open through December 13, 2009.

The exhibition of artwork will open to the public on Sunday, September 13, and will remain on display until Sunday, October 11. Quest for the West is part of the Eiteljorg Museum’s “Fall Roundup,” which includes WestFest (September 26), a family-friendly festival celebrating of all things Western, and Buckaroo Bash (October 10), the museum’s annual fund-raiser. These Indianapolis events are a family friendly contribution to Indianapolis art.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is celebrating its 20th year of inspiring appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. For twenty years, the Eiteljorg has been making contributions to Indianapolis education by teaching Indiana history. The museum, which opened in 1989, is located in Indianapolis downtown next to the Canal Walk, White River State Park and the Indiana State Museum.
For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit their website.
4th annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale
Friday, September 11:
Noon – 4:00 p.m. Registration; Quest gallery open to registered participants
1 – 2:30 p.m. Reception: 2008 Quest Artist of Distinction, Curt Walters 

Saturday, September 12:
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration; Quest gallery open to registered participants
10:30 a.m. Brunch and announcement of Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
Noon -1 p.m. Artist demonstrations: Steve Devenyns and Greg Kelsey
1 – 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Artist panel discussion.  Chaired by James Nottage, featuring artists John Buxton, Robert Griffing and David Wright
5 – 6:30 p.m. Reception and intent to purchase
6:30-7:20 p.m. Drawing and Art Sale
7:30 p.m. Banquet and awards ceremony.

Sunday, September 13:
Noon — Quest for the West Art Show opens to the public. Art not sold on September 12 may be purchased from the museum through Sunday, October 11.