A Sense of Beauty: Showcasing the Power and Beauty in Native Art

Open March 9 – August 4

Our new special exhibition will feature stunning installations of contemporary and customary Native American artworks collected over the past 30 years. Many have rarely or never been on display.

Les Namingha (Hopi-Tewa / Zuni, born 1967) Late Mirovian Period Pueblo Jar, 2015 Clay, paint Gift of Steve and Jane Marmon


A compelling exhibition 30 years in the making

What is it: See contemporary and customary Native art – baskets, pottery, textiles, jewelry and glass – in innovative beautiful installations. Enjoy a “tree” of jewelry, a “waterfall” of baskets and a “whirlwind” of weavings. These extraordinary installations will emphasize the aesthetic beauty of the pieces and engage the senses. Many of the pieces have been collected through the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship and Indian Market and Festival, or have been donated to the museum by the artists, art collectors or patrons.

How to visit: Visit the exhibit Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Call for Community Art

NOUN: 1. A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form
that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. (Oxford English Dictionary)

A Sense of Beauty
As a part of the museum’s 30th anniversary celebration, you (and everyone else you know) are invited to create artwork inspired by the theme, Beauty. Artwork will be on display in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Beauty, which opens March 9. So get out your paints, pencils, tablets or whatever medium you choose and create some art! (Public artwork will be hung within ten days of receipt after March 9, 2019 and be on display through August 4, 2019.)

Criteria: artwork must be original and inspired by the theme Beauty
2-D only; 4” x 4” size (unframed)
a signed consent form must accompany the entry

Send your entry to:
Public Programs
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-270

Please download the consent form by clicking here, fill it out and include it with your submission.

You’re invited!


Join us for a special 30th Anniversary Party, which will kick off a yearlong celebration at the museum.


Thank you to Our Contributors

Capital Group Eiteljorg Corporate Sponsor
Barnes & Thornburg Corporate Sponsor at the Eiteljorg
Come experience A Sense of Beauty