Michael Dudash

Michael Dudash

Scenes from the old West will come to life in paintings and sculptures that will fill the galleries of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, with the opening of the 10th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. In one gallery, the only gallery like it in the state of Indiana, visitors can see and be the first to bid on millions of dollars in artwork from 50 coveted Western artists.  Meet Quest for the West Artist Michael Dudash.

Dudash 2015
Born 1952, in Mankato, Minnesota; lives in Hayden, Idaho

BORN AND RAISED IN MINNESOTA, Michael settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he began his full time career as an artist and oil painter in 1977. Trained in the fine arts, his decision to begin a career in classic illustration won him a prestigious and national reputation.  His transition back into fine art was natural, as his influences as an oil painter have been classical painters such as Sargent, and Fechin, the Impressionists, and the golden age illustrators like N. C. Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, and Maxfield Parrish.

His ever growing number of corporate and individual collectors appreciate the draftsmanship, use of light, and colorful atmosphere that Michael is able to bring to his work. In the last 12 years, he has directed his energies into painting the characters and history of the old west. “I love the various elements of 19th century frontier subject matter.  I get to combine landscapes, vintage gear and clothing, colorful characters, livestock, and interesting history all rolled into an ever growing body of work. The story telling aspect is also a lot of fun, one that is full of unlimited possibilities.”


A Gathering Storm
2015, oil on linen, 40 x 56 inches

The courage and drive of those hardy souls that pushed west in the 19thcentury are timeless qualities that continue to amaze and inspire me. It was the job of the scout to not only point the way, but to always sound the alarm when he saw difficulties ahead. You can decide if it’s bad weather, a closed mountain pass or a chance encounter with unfriendly natives that is at the center of this discussion in the western wilds.  

Notable Awards and Achievements:
    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Patrons’ Choice Award
2014    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Quest for the West, Artists’ Choice Award
2012    Saks Gallery, American Art Invitational, Collector’s Choice Award
2010    Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, Award of Excellence
2005    Oil Painters of America National Show, Holbein Award of Excellence
2004    Oil Painters of America National Show, Best Portrait of Show Award

Oil Painters of America, Signature Member

   C. Michael Dudash Western Collection: The Fine Art of Oil Painting, Western Collection

Gallery Representation:
Art Obsession, Inc., Tokyo, Japan
Coeur d’Alene Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Saks Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
Southwest Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Celebrate the best of the West and meet 50 of the nation’s top Western-theme artists during the 10th anniversary opening weekend festivities for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale, Friday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Only registered guests may participate in opening weekend activities. Register now to join in the fun, make new friends, socialize with artists and seasoned and fledging art collectors, enjoy fine food and purchase art for your new or established art collection. For your convenience, four Marriott Place hotels are located directly across the street from the museum.

Register to participate in opening weekend festivities by purchasing a weekend individual or couples package.  If you are unable to attend but wish to buy art, you may purchase an absentee buyer registration to participate in the sale. Absentee buyers must submit purchase instructions and a credit card number to the Eiteljorg Museum by Thursday, September 3, 2015.  Please check the Absentee Buyer box.

  $250 Member; $300 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per registrant, plus participation for one in all Quest events.

 $450 Member; $500 Non-member
Package includes one Quest catalog and one bid book per couple, plus participation for two in all Quest events.

Are you unable to attend the sale, but interested in purchasing art? Absentee buyers may participate in the sale by purchasing a bid book and catalog for $150. Additional bid books are available for $150 each. Limit three bid books per registrant. Absentee Buyer Instructions (Click to download)


For registration-related questions, or for credit card registration by phone, please contact Kay Hinds at (317) 275-1341 or e-mail khinds@eiteljorg.com. Your Quest catalog and bid books will be distributed when you check in at the registration desk on opening weekend.