The opening weekend of Quest for the West attracts Western art enthusiasts — artists, buyers, and media — from all over the country. What Quest has meant to the Eiteljorg can’t be overstated. In addition to the national recognition and reputation the show garners for the museum, Quest has generated more than $13 million in art sales since its inaugural year, 2006.
Pre-registered opening weekend attendees will be the first to see and bid on paintings and sculptures by prominent Western artists in a “luck of the draw” sale. This year’s show features four artists who are making their first appearance at Quest or returning for the first time in a few years: Tony Abeyta, Deborah Copenhaver Fellows, Dave Santillanes, and Mian Situ. At the 2018 show, painter Mark Kelso, in his first year at Quest, was the only artist from Indiana; and he won the Artists’ Choice Award.
The Eiteljorg Museum will open a special exhibit featuring the art of H. David Wright in conjunction with the 2019 Quest for the West®. Wright won the Artist of Distinction Award at the 2018 Quest, and the exhibit celebrates his remarkable career in Western art. Wright’s artwork has spanned many genres, but he is most known for his depictions of early American frontiers. The exhibit will focus on approximately 20 of these works from the last several decades of his career. The show runs Sept. 7–Nov. 17 in the Gerald and Dorit Paul Gallery.
Quest for the West Art Show and Sale
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
September 6 through October 6