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Krystii Melaine, “Within Life’s Circle,” 2018, oil on linen, 36 x 18 in. (Images courtesy of the Eiteljorg Museum.)

Nearly $1 million in Western art was sold September 7–8 during the 13th Annual “Quest for the West”® Art Show and Sale, held at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis.

“Quest for the West” brought together 50 of the nation’s leading Western artists and approximately 300 art collectors for a luck-of-the-draw sale and awards gala. All the Quest artworks, including more than 160 paintings and sculptures, will remain on exhibit at the Eiteljorg for the general public to see until October 7. Buyers can continue to purchase any unsold art until then.

Returning for a second year at “Quest for the West” was a popular miniature art sale on Friday, September 7, where the same Western artists offered smaller paintings and sculptures in addition to the works they entered into the main sale the following evening.

“Quest for the West is a key fund-raising event for the Eiteljorg and allows renowned Western artists to connect with collectors from across the U.S. who support their beautiful art,” Eiteljorg president and CEO, John Vanausdall, said. “Eiteljorg visitors will be able to enjoy these stunning landscapes, portraits, and sculptures in the Quest for the West exhibit at the museum for the next month and appreciate the creativity and variety within the Western art genre.”

This year’s “Quest for the West” featured the opening of a new special exhibit looking at the work of artist Howard Post of Tucson, Arizona, who was last year’s Quest Artist of Distinction. The exhibit “Western Perspectives: The Art of Howard Post” features the painter’s intriguing “ranchscape” paintings that will be on view in the museum’s Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery through November 25.

The Eiteljorg Museum thanked the presenting sponsors of the 13th annual “Quest for the West,” Cardinal Contracting, LLC, and the Western Art Society, as well as other corporate sponsors, including Ice Miller LLP, and individual donors.

Sales of “Quest for the West” art currently total nearly $962,000 and counting. Proceeds go toward Eiteljorg operations and toward the museum’s acquisition of the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award painting. More information is at this link: http://www.eiteljorg.org/explore/exhibitions/quest-for-the-west/gallery.

2018 “Quest for the West” Award Recipients

During a celebration September 8, several artists were honored with awards for excellence:

2018 Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award
Krystii Melaine of Colbert, Wash., “Within Life’s Circle”
Presented by the Western Art Society
The Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculpture
Scott Rogers of Logan, Utah, “Football, circa 1890”
Presented by Mike and Carla Leppert
The Henry Farny Award for Best Painting
Glenn Dean of Cambria, Calif., “In the Balance”
Presented by Stephen and Jane Marmon
The Victor Higgins Award of Distinction
Josh Elliott of Helena, Mont., for works including “Under a Full Moon”
Presented by Catherine and Robert Turner
The Artists’ Choice Award
Mark Kelso of Bargersville, Ind., “Riverdance”
Presented by Ed and Phyllis Cockerill
The Patrons’ Choice Award
Krystii Melaine of Colbert, Wash., “Spirit of the Wolf”
Presented by the Booth Western Art Museum

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H. David Wright, “Honored Warrior,” 2018, oil on panel, 10 x 8 in.

The 2018 Artist of Distinction Award
H. David Wright of Gallatin, Tenn., for works including “Honored Warrior”
Presented by the Western Art Society

About the Eiteljorg:
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history, and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. Located on the Central Canal in White River State Park, the Eiteljorg Museum recently was named one of the USA Today Readers’ Choice 10 Best Indiana Attractions.


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