Steve Devenyns

Steve Devenyns

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 Steve Devenyns.

Devenyns 2015
Born 1953, in St. Louis, Missouri; lives in Cody, Wyoming

RAISED IN COLORADO, Steve Devenyns always enjoyed wildlife, the West, and wide-open spaces. He is a horseman and outdoorsman who enjoys time in the mountains and working with fellow ranchers. After an automobile accident in 1974, he spent a long recuperation period discovering the layers of his creativity which led to the start his career as an artist. Although primarily self taught, he has been influenced by many great painters including Tucker Smith, Jim Wilcox, Robert Tommey and most of all by Ray Swanson.

Devenyns has been featured in many prestigious art magazines, including Art of the WestSouthwest ArtUS ArtInform Art, and the Western Horseman, as well as many others.  He is a multiple Gold Medal Winner at the Phippen Memorial Art Show in Arizona and has been named Artist of the Year for several national organizations. Last year he was the Featured Artist at the America’s Horse in Art Show at the AQHA Museum in Amarillo Texas, and an Honored Artist at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody Wyoming. His shows include the Prix de West, as well as Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum, the Western Visions Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Buffalo Bill Art Show, and the Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show.

The Caretaker
2015, oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches
I enjoy painting cowboys and ranchers as good stewards of the land that take great pride in caring for the animals in their charge.  This painting, “The Caretaker” is a good example of this philosophy.  Rain or Shine, they will do what it takes to provide good care for their animals.

Notable awards and achievements:
    National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Show, Red Smith Artists’ Choice Award
2006    Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, People’s Choice Award
2002    Foundation for North American Sheep, Artist of the Year
1997    Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year

Gallery representation:
Big Horn Galleries, Cody Wyoming, and Tubac, Arizona
Cogswell Gallery, Vail, Colorado
Settler’s West, Tucson, Arizona


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 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.