INDIANAPOLIS – Some of the world’s most celebrated artists, whose work captures the spirit and strength of the American West and Native cultures, will exhibit and sell prized paintings, drawings and sculptures during the Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
This year’s Quest again features 50 artists whose exceptional work attracts art enthusiasts and collectors from across the nation. Guests will appreciate the unique opportunity to meet the artists whose precious works may become their newest acquisitions.
Now in its eighth year, Quest for the West has further propelled the Eiteljorg into national prominence, and has ushered in record numbers of patrons and general visitors. In 2012, the show brought in 450 guests who purchased $870,000 in art. A portion of Quest proceeds helps the Eiteljorg build its world-class collection.
Opening weekend activities include the art sale, gala, events at the homes of local Western art collectors and meet-and-greets with artists. Among the honors presented during opening weekend are two signature awards. The Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award adds an important artwork to the Museum’s permanent collection. And, the highly-coveted Artist of Distinction Award recognizes creative excellence.
Last year’s winner, John Coleman, is being honored with a special reception and his solo exhibit: Honored Life: The Art of John Coleman. Known as one of today’s most prominent Western sculptors, the California native captures subtle gestures and emotions in his pieces. Nearly 40 of Coleman’s works, including paintings and drawings, will be exhibited at the Eiteljorg from Sept. 6 through Nov. 17. Previous Artist of Distinction honorees include Doug Hyde, George Hallmark, Robert Griffing, Daniel Smith and Curt Walters.
“I think Quest’s stature as one of the top shows of its kind in the nation is based upon the reputations of the participating artists, the quality of their work and our well-known reputation for first-class hospitality,” said Eiteljorg vice president and chief curatorial officer, James Nottage.
Reservations are required for weekend activities. Participation costs $300 per person ($250 for Eiteljorg Museum members) and includes an exhibition catalog, bid book and attendance at all related events. There are special prices for couples.
More information on the show and sale can be found in the Quest for the West section of www.eiteljorg.org. The site also allows visitors to find artist profiles, images of works for sale, a full schedule of events and much more.
The exhibition will open to the public Sunday, Sept. 8. Art not sold at the Sept. 8 sale may be purchased from the Eiteljorg Museum through Sunday, Oct. 6.