Mikel Donahue

Mikel Donahue

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 Mikel Donahue.

Donahue 2015

Born 1956, in Tulsa, Oklahoma; lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

MIKEL DONAHUE is best known for his impeccable depictions of cowboy life. His colored pencil drawings and paintings portray ranchers and their livestock during the day-to-day ritual of sun-up to sun-down work on the ranch. What may seem as mundane chores are captured and translated through his artistic style into moments of meaning and reflection.

As described in the 2011 issue of Southwest Art Magazine, “A pensive, almost dream-like sheen emanates from most of Donahue’s canvases, a result of both his informed approach towards his subject matter and his technical proficiency.” A past career in commercial design helped Donahue perfect his sense of composition and understanding of the principles of design and form. His knowledge of the subject matter is aided by time spent on ranches, hundreds of photographs, and numerous sketches and field notes to remind him of certain moments.

Donahue, who was born and raised in Tulsa, was taught about life on the ranch by his paternal grandfather who raised cattle in northcentral Oklahoma. It was Donahue’s maternal grandfather who exposed him to western art at an early age with memorable trips to Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, and what was then the national Cowboy Fall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Fascinated both by life on the ranch and iconic art by the likes of Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, as an adult Donahue has become a perfect amalgam of his influences with a life breeding quarter horses with his wife Christie on their place outside Broken Arrow and an award-winning career in the arts.

An Ounce of Prevention
2015, Mixed Media, 12 x 12 inches
Your horse is your partner; take care of him and he will take care of you.

Notable Awards and Achievements:
2013    Bosque Arts Center, Bosque Art Classic, John Steven Jones Purchase Award
2011    Academy of Western Artists, Will Rogers Award for Artist of the Year
2010    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Premier Platinum Award and William E. Weiss Purchase Award
2009    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, Artists’ Choice Award
2009    American Quarter Horse Museum, America’s Horse in Art Show and Sale, Featured Artist
2009    One man show at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma during the quarter horse race meet.
2008    Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association, Art Show & Sale, Best of Show
2006    Working Ranch Cowboy’s Association, Art Show & Sale, Best of Show

Altermann Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming


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.

Quest for the West is presented by the Western Art Society.