Quest for the West

Quest for the West cel­e­brates its 13th an­nual show with $1 mil­lion in sales at the Eiteljorg Mu­seum in In­di­anapo­lis.

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In­di­anapo­lis, IN

They say the num­ber 13 is un­lucky, but you wouldn’t have no­ticed at the 13th an­nual Quest for the West ex­hi­bi­tion at the Eiteljorg Mu­seum of Amer­i­can In­di­ans and Western Art in In­di­anapo­lis. The an­nual show and sale, which kicked off Septem­ber 7 and 8, ended its open­ing week­end with $1 mil­lion in sales.

“I think it’s the most beau­ti­ful ex­hi­bi­tion we’ve mounted in the 13 years of the Quest. Ev­ery one of the shows is spe­cial, but this year the works were as good as they could be. I think that’s what makes the show so won­der­ful—that con­sis­tent qual­ity that we see year af­ter year,” says Eiteljorg Mu­seum pres­i­dent and CEO John Vanaus­dall. “We’re thrilled to hear that the artists en­joy the show. We have in­cred­i­ble hos­pi­tal­ity, won­der­ful food, and the staff, in­clud­ing many vol­un­teers, are here to re­spect the art and the artists. And what our pa­trons do is just in­com­pa­ra­ble.”

Like last year’s show, this year’s Quest once again featured a pop­u­lar panel that al­lowed artists to dis­cuss the im­por­tance of works from the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. Sculp­tors Curt Matt­son and Greg Kelsey kicked off the event by talk­ing about bronzes from Ge­orge Carl­son and Charles M. Rus­sell. Kelsey im­me­di­ately broke the ice by ex­plain­ing to the au­di­ence that “sculp­tures are what you back into while you’re try­ing to look at the paint­ings.” Other pan­elists were P.A. Nis­bet, who spoke about a land­scape by Al­bert Bier­stadt, and John Fawcett and Heide Presse dove into a work by Henry Farny.

The top award win­ner at this year’s show was Krys­tii Me­laine, who won the Har­ri­son Eiteljorg Pur­chase Award for her Na­tive Amer­i­can por­trait Within Life’s Cir­cle, which will now be part of the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion. Me­laine also won the pa­tron’s choice award. Scott Rogers won the Cyrus Dallin Award for Best Sculp­ture, Josh El­liott won the Vic­tor Hig­gins Award of Dis­tinc­tion for his body of sub­mit­ted work, Mark Kelso won the artists’ choice award, and Glenn Dean won the Henry Farny Award for Best Paint­ing. H. David Wright was hon­ored with the Artist of Dis­tinc­tion Award, which means he will re­ceive a solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the 2019 Quest for the West.

Krys­tii Me­laine, Within Life’s Cir­cle, oil on linen, 36 x 18"

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