29 Aug Howard Post
When I was first invited to show in the Eiteljorg Museum’s New Art of the West show 23 years ago I thought, “How peculiar, a museum for western American art in Indianapolis of all places…” Of course after visiting the museum and learning the story of the Eiteljorg family and their great love of Indian and Western art, I was pleasantly surprised, particularly to be a part of what I consider one of the premier museums in the country. From my first involvement with the Eiteljorg my experiences have been first rate, a real treat.
Obviously, as an artist it’s an honor to be invited to participate in any of the museum shows, but particularly so to have that opportunity with Quest for the West at a major venue like the Eiteljorg.
Corrals in the Country, 2013
12 X 24 in.
Distant Storm, 2013
40 x 30 in.
Two in the Canyon, 2013
One of the impressive things about Quest and the Eiteljorg is how the support base has grown over the years. Obviously, in a Midwest setting, the Western genre is not the most typical or prominent in the area, yet the strong and consistent collector list for the museum seems to grow each year. As one of the artists, we’d love to take credit for that. How can people resist such great work? Of course, honesty and modesty kick in to credit the efforts of the staff and countless others associated with the museum to help make it happen.
I will mention one of the challenges for a participating artist. With the invitation comes the subconscious pressure to provide your very best work to the show. Knowing you will be hanging with a group of 50 quality artists is a welcome challenge for sure, but brings with it a self imposed pressure never the less. Personally, I simply try to stay focused on portraying my own perspective of the West I know, executing it the best I can, and hoping viewers will discover something that speaks to them.
2013 Quest for the West® artist Howard Post