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The Eiteljorg hosts a variety of events over the course of the year that you won’t want to miss. Most of our events are included with the price of admission, so you can come enjoy the excitement of a special occasion as well as the beauty of our unique museum.

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Artist in Residence: Emily Guerrero

October 4 - October 15

Artists in Residence: The Eiteljorg's artist in residence program brings Native and Western artists from across North America to the museum and to classrooms, libraries and senior centers in the local community. Visiting artists provide a mix of small onsite and virtual online offerings. Emily's Bio: Mexica-Arts founder, Emily J. Guerrero, a storyteller, folk artist of Mexica indigenous ancestry. Emily embodies her ancestral traditions as she encourages and inspires audiences to expand their knowledge of diverse cultures in their midst. Her…

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Tour

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, join curator of Native American Art Dorene Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota) for a tour focused on Native American and First Nations art in the new exhibit, Expressions of Life: Native Art in North America. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and raises awareness of the many cultures of Indigenous or Native American peoples’ all across the United States. In 1977, participants at the United Nations International Conference on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations…

Emily Guerrero

Members-Only Coffee & Conversation: Emily Guerrero

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Please note that this event is for Eiteljorg Museum members only. If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, click here. Location: Eiteljorg Museum Cost: Free To register, contact Jennifer Hiatt at 317-275-1360 or email jhiatt@eiteljorg.com.  Join Eiteljorg Museum staff for a morning of coffee and conversation with Artist in Residence Emily Guerrero. As a storyteller and folk artist of Mexica indigenous ancestry, Emily is a dedicated and passionate advocate of cultural arts. Members will enjoy hearing how Emily embodies…

Richard Gabriel Jr.

Artist in Residence: Richard Gabriel Jr.

October 25 - October 29

Artists in Residence: The Eiteljorg's artist in residence program brings Native and Western artists from across North America to the museum and to classrooms, libraries and senior centers in the local community. Visiting artists provide a mix of small onsite and virtual online offerings. Richard's Bio: Richard Gabriel resides in Tijeras, New Mexico where he creates traditional Spanish Colonial tinwork. Richard is also a painter and sometimes uses his paintings in his tinwork. He teaches tin smithing at Santa Fe Community…

Dia de Muertos

Dia de Muertos Community Celebration

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Join us at the museum from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. for an action-packed day of performances, artists, art-making activities, a Mercado (marketplace), and Catrinas (elaborately dressed and painted models inspired by Jose Posada’s iconic print La Calavera Catrina). Performance highlights include Son Monarcas from Chicago, Marvin Urroz, Sones de Mexico Folklore Academy, Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos, Mariachi Sol Jalisciense, Metzli Cultural, Grupo Folclórico Macehuani, and much more. What is Día de Muertos? With roots going back thousands of years to…

Karen Ann Hoffman

Artist in Residence: Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida of Wisconsin; Haudenosaunee)

November 1 - November 21

Artists in Residence: The Eiteljorg's artist in residence program brings Native and Western artists from across North America to the museum and to classrooms, libraries and senior centers in the local community. Visiting artists provide a mix of small onsite and virtual online offerings. Karen Ann's Bio: Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida of Wisconsin; Haudenosaunee) creates beautiful decorative pieces following the traditions of Iroquois raised beadwork. This style of Woodland beadwork embodies Iroquois worldviews. Karen Ann is a member of the Oneida…

Western Book Club: Riders of the Purple Sage

November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Virtual/Zoom Cost: Free The Eiteljorg Museum’s Western Book Club, like the museum itself, is committed to including works that represent many different cultural values, attitudes, and points of view. Members come together bimonthly to discuss books that represent the diversity of the American West and Indigenous peoples of North America. Meetings take place via Zoom, and are open to all. Join us for a discussion of Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. Read one of the original…

Inking Identity: Indigenous Tattoo Practices

November 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Local tattoo artist, author and activist, Stephanie Big Eagle will talk about the traditional Indigenous practice of hand poked tattooing and how both the practice of tattooing and the tattoo itself shape and reflect cultural identity. A partnership between Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Purdue University and Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission. Stephanie Big Eagle was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is of Lakota, Dakota Sioux, Irish, Norse, and…

JJ Otero & Katrina Mitten

Thanksgiving Weekend at the Eiteljorg

November 25 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 4:00 pm

Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend at the Eiteljorg. Meet talented Native beadwork artists Katrina Mitten (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma) and JJ Otero (Navajo/ Dine) Watch demonstrations, learn about Native beadwork traditions and enjoy the holiday favorite, Jingle Rails. Friday, Nov. 25 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Beadwork artist Katrina Mitten will talk to visitors about her art and culture in Eagle Commons hallway. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Jewelry artist JJ Otero will do demonstrations and talk with visitors in the…

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Yearly Events

June

Indian Market & Festival

Since 1993, the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has been one of the preeminent summer cultural events in downtown Indianapolis. Artists from more than 50 Native American or First Nations groups present art across multiple disciplines to be awarded, purchased, and enjoyed.

Sept – Oct

Quest For The West

Quest is one of the top Western art shows in the country. Opening weekend registrants will be the first to see and bid on paintings and sculptures by some of the most prominent artists in a “luck of the draw” sale and a miniature art sale.

Nov – Jan

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure

Every winter, visitors explore the Eiteljorg’s popular annual holiday model train display, featuring reproductions of the landmarks of the American West and the skyline of downtown Indianapolis.

Oct – Nov

Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Every October, visitors can enjoy free admission to the Eiteljorg Museum during a day of celebration with performances, art-making, Mercado vendors, community groups, and a community-curated art and altar display.

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Museum Info

Monday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday:
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Tue 04

Artist in Residence: Emily Guerrero

October 4 - October 15
Mon 10

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Tour

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sat 15
Emily Guerrero

Members-Only Coffee & Conversation: Emily Guerrero

October 15 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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