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BRIEFS Eiteljorg prepares to celebrate Titan of the West On Saturday, Nov. 12, the Eiteljorg Museum will unveil its K. S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams Collection in the exhibition, Titan of the West: The Adams Collection of Western and Native American Art. But right now, curators, collections specialists, conservators, consultants and photographers are working to process the much-talked-about collection, a gift from late Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams and his wife. Items are being meticulously examined, conserved and stored. And curators are researching the history of paintings, beaded objects and pottery. When asked about efforts to bring the Adams’ breathtaking collection to museum guests, James Nottage, chief curatorial officer, said, “Just wait until November! You will be astonished at the results of this work. We are amazed every day as we learn to appreciate even more the collecting instincts that brought this great collection together.” Get tickets to ISO performance of Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite” The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) will be performing “On the Trail” from Ferde Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite” at the Star Spangled Symphony , July 2, 3 and 4, during Marsh Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Amphitheatre. For a limited time, buy a 10-ticket value pack (10 tickets for the price of 7) through April 1 at, or call 317.639.4300.

On the cover: Thomas Moran The Grand Canyon, 1917 Oil on canvas. Bequest of Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams.

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The Sails wins an award of excellence The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is proud to be a recipient of the 2015 Monumental Awards, given annually by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to recognize excellence in architecture, design and construction. The Sails, the museum’s new shade structure along the Downtown Canal, was nominated by F.A. Wilhelm Construction. The Sails were designed by Jonathan Hess, principle of Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, who also designed the Eiteljorg’s Southwest-inspired building more than 25 years ago as well as the museum’s 2005 expansion. F. A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc., was the general contractor for the project, which was facilitated by several other Indiana-based companies, including McComas Engineering. Soon after their debut last spring, The Sails became an iconic feature of downtown Indianapolis and a popular gathering spot for residents. Watch the next issue of Storyteller for this year’s Summer under the Sails program schedule.

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PRESIDENT’S LETTER Museum sets five-year strategic direction Friends, My first experience with the Grand Canyon was on a father-daughter trip with my then 11-year-old, Hannah. We spent a memorable week circling the Canyon, visiting all the cultural and natural history points of interest. I will never forget the moment we approached the South Rim and first experienced the Canyon’s vastness and grandeur. What a day it was! (Especially to experience with a child.) The natural beauty of the Grand Canyon is one reason this extraordinary landmark has been a cherished icon of the American West for Native Americans and for so many generations. Our newest exhibition, The Grand Canyon, delves into many aspects of the Canyon: its ecosystem, the artists, explorers and tourists who have been inspired by it, and the indigenous people who have called the Canyon home for thousands of years. Longevity and sustainability are central themes for this exhibition and for the Eiteljorg as an institution. A robust endowment makes exhibits like The Grand Canyon possible and helps sustain the museum’s mission—to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of

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the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America—for future generations of museum-goers. The endowment keeps the lights on and allows us to turn the innovative ideas of our staff and curators into groundbreaking programs and exhibitions. For this reason, growing our endowment is a cornerstone of the museum’s five-year strategic plan. The Eiteljorg’s board believes strongly in this effort, and our board chair has made a personal commitment by endowing the Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback curator of Native American art, history and culture position. (Please see page 10 for Tom Hoback’s reflections on this transformative gift.) In January 2015, Scott Shoemaker, Ph.D., a scholar and a member of the Miami Nation of Indiana, joined our staff in this new position. With his expertise, Scott will lead the way in making the Eiteljorg a center for the understanding of Native peoples of the larger Indiana and Great Lakes regions. For over a quarter of a century, the Eiteljorg has been proud to present a broad range of Native American and Western artistic and cultural offerings. The breadth and depth of our

John Vanausdall and his daughter, Hannah, on their first visit to the Grand Canyon.

programming in the next quarter century depends on stable, ongoing support. Simply put, a strong endowment means a strong future. In the coming year, I look forward to sharing how you can be a part of this exciting time of growth, learning and celebration at the museum.

Join us in March for the opening of 2016’s blockbuster ehibition, The Grand Canyon— the latest Eiteljorg event made possible, in part, by the museum’s endowment.


John Vanausdall President and CEO Eiteljorg Museum





THE GRAND CANYON The Grand Canyon is a place of extraordinary natural beauty, carved by the Colorado River over the last 6 million years. Diverse communities of indigenous people have called it home for thousands of years. It has also inspired generations of tourists, explorers and artists who have traveled to it from points across the globe. The exhibit, The Grand Canyon, is a multidisciplinary presentation that uses art, history and culture to help visitors understand the interaction of people with this important area over time. Three primary themes are explored throughout the exhibit: the Grand Canyon as environment, the Canyon as a place of experience, 2

and the Canyon as a place of expression through many art forms. The exhibit, media and public programs will work in concert to inspire and instill a sense of wonder in visitors, and allow them to explore the interwoven natural and human histories of the Grand Canyon. What will you see in the gallery? To learn about the environment, you will view fossils and other geological evidence of the natural history and formation of the region. Throughout the show, there will be Native American objects representing the 4,000-year history of a number of tribes that have called the space home and who still live there today. Through a wide range of artifacts, Eiteljorg Museum Storyteller Magazine


Nampeyo (Hopi-Tewa, 1859-1942), pot, 1900-1910, clay Gift: Courtesy of Helen Cox Kersting in Memory of Dr. Hans Joachim Kersting As early as 1905-1906, Hopi potter Nampeyo was demonstrating her art at the Grand Canyon. To this day, her work influences the art of other Hopi who continue to be a part of the Grand Canyon experience.

E. I. Couse (American, 1866-1936), The Sun Worshippers, oil on canvas Eiteljorg Museum, Bequest of Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams.

A 50,000-year-old Harrington Mountain Goat skull. Courtesy Grand Canyon Park Service Collection.

4,000-year-old twig figures of deer, preserved and cared for at the Grand Canyon.

visitors will learn about their experiences and those of the people who followed including Spanish and American explorers, railroaders, artists, photographers and a multitude of tourists. You will see great paintings commissioned by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to promote the Southwest and the Grand Canyon. Throughout, museum guests will view film and still images that express the experiences and creativity of people trying to grasp the magnitude, beauty and astonishing realities of the Grand Canyon, a World Heritage site. On the lighter side, visitors will have photo opportunities to capture themselves in Canyon settings. You will also become aware of the threats that make preservation of the park a pressing challenge. The year 2016 happens to be the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). We are especially grateful to the National Park Service for lending many special items from its collection to The Grand Canyon exhibition. Other special loans Spring 2016

from the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, the Capital Group Foundation, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma and many other museums and private collectors make the exhibition possible. Included in the exhibit are early uniforms and hats of the NPS personnel who protect and interpret the park for visitors.




N. and Patricia L. Owings, Jane and Steve Marmon


PROGRAMMING Historians, artists, outdoorsmen and others help bring The Grand Canyon to life Whether you’re an art aficionado, history buff or a geology enthusiast, The Grand Canyon programming offers something for you. Always wanted to be a Park Ranger? Pick up a Junior Ranger guide and earn your honorary ranger pin. Take a picture on a mule trail ride; watch a film and share your own Canyon stories. On weekends, meet an Eiteljorg Ranger and hear tales of the Canyon; ask questions and be inspired. Visit on opening day or the second Saturday of each month (March 26, April 9, May 14, June 11 and July 9) and enjoy exciting guest speakers and performers along with more ways to experience The Grand Canyon. Question a curator; create rock art; design a postcard; watch an artist at work; build a coiled clay pot; join a photography walk; learn about canyon geology through art and so much more. Interested in art? On March 26, renowned impressionist landscape artist Curt Walters

Curt Walters painting Moran Point, Grand Canyon in 2010. Photo by Tom Alexander Photography.

will talk about running the river, how the Canyon inspires his work and his passion for conservation. Distinguished

landscape painter and teacher Peter Nisbet will talk about his work and love of the Canyon on May 14 and lead a workshop for local artists on May 12 and 13. (See ad on Pg. 11.) Interested in the people of the Canyon? On April 9, Hopi artist and musician Ed Kabotie will share the history of the Canyon from a Tewa/Hopi perspective, and author Stephen Hirst will discuss issues currently facing the Havasupai Indian Tribe of Arizona who live in the Canyon. Interested in photography and adventure? Outdoorsman, photographer and Grand Canyon river runner extraordinaire, Dave Edwards, will share stories of running the Colorado River through the

Canyon on June 11. Interested in history? On July 9, Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley, a former chief historian and 30-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), will share his perspective on the centennial of the NPS, as well as his experiences in the Grand Canyon. He will be joined by Linda Kuester, who will share the story of her mother, Ruby Jo Cromer, an Indiana farm girl who became a Harvey Girl, one of the famous waitresses with Fred Harvey’s iconic rail-side cafes, in Arizona in the 1940s. A detailed program listing can be found at

Dave Edwards Rowing on the Colorado River.


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FEATURE Curators’ Canyon research takes them to the edge On a cold mid-November morning in 2015, curators James Nottage, Johanna Blume, Ashley Holland and Scott Shoemaker walked to the edge of the Grand Canyon to watch the sunrise. That moment—a chance to experience a natural wonder that has inspired millions through centuries—prefaced two days of intensive study with the National Park Service, uncovering items, histories and stories to present in the Eiteljorg’s The Grand Canyon exhibition. The curators’ trip is just one example of the two years of preparation and planning that goes into each exhibit at the Eiteljorg. Previously, the museum conducted a survey of audience expectations and needs, and our curators reviewed collections at other museums and libraries, studied art and artifacts and conducted historical and other content research. Data gathered from these varied sources inform the development of our

programs and exhibitions. Digitization enables Eiteljorg exhibit teams to do extensive research remotely. But there’s no substitute for visiting art collections and historical sites first-hand. To develop The Grand Canyon, our staff studied books, documents, art and artifacts at institutions from California to New York before ultimately traveling to the south rim of the Canyon itself. Their travels included stops at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Heard Museum in Phoenix and the Museum of Northern Arizona to survey Native American baskets, pottery and other artifacts, along with paintings, photographs and manuscripts. The Cline Library at the University of Northern Arizona was a rich repository of photographs, documents and other references. And through the cooperation of the National Park Service, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, we incorporated

Curators at Moran Point, the Grand Canyon. Left to right, James Nottage, Johanna Blume, Ashley Holland and Scott Shoemaker.

many special objects into The Grand Canyon exhibition. For Scott Shoemaker, the Eiteljorg’s Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback curator of Native American art, history and culture (See story, pg. 10), the Canyon trip was a firstever journey to the American landmark and an invaluable experience. “Even in-depth reading about the Grand

Canyon does not do it justice,” he said. “Being there tied together the Canyon’s layers of history and the stories of the peoples who are a part of it. It helped me understand the breathtaking magnitude and beauty of the space. It really made the depth of time and place tangible.”



Photography by Kristian Irey

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STORE HOURS MON–SAT: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SUN: Noon to 5 p.m. 317.275.1300 | 800.878.7978 @Eiteljorg.Store 5


Visit for details or call (317) 275-1310 to register or purchase tickets. All events are included with general admission unless otherwise noted. Parking is free when visiting the museum, café or museum store unless otherwise noted. Friday & Saturday



Fri: 6–9 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Southwestern Silver Trunk Show Karen Domenici will be on hand in the Eiteljorg Museum Store showcasing Southwestern silver jewelry featuring Fred Harvey designs.

2 p.m.–4 p.m. Spring Social Round Dance Join in the fun as you learn how to do Native American social dances. All are welcome. This event is sponsored by the Eiteljorg Museum and the Urban NDN League of Indianapolis.

Artist in Residence Patria Smith (Miami) Meet gourd artist Patria Smith; watch demonstrations and learn about her art and Miami culture.

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This activity is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, and is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission.

MAR 18–20

Fri: Noon–5 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun: noon–5 p.m. Inuit Art Sale Iqaluit Fine Art Studio from Canada will host a spectacular sale of Inuit art in Lilly Auditorium.


Photograph by Johanna Blume


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10 a.m.–5 p.m. Women in Art Market Buy one-of-a-kind handmade art from more than 35 regional women artists at this annual event. The Indiana Polymer Clay Guild will be on hand from 10 a.m.–noon for their monthly meeting and demonstration in the Hunt Studio. Visitors are welcome to drop by. 6



The Grand Canyon exhibition opening party 6 p.m. Celebrate the museum’s newest exhibit with a low country boil. To register, contact Susie Maxwell at or 317-275-1311. Eagle Society members $40; Members $45; Non-members $55

10 a.m.–5 p.m. The Grand Canyon exhibition opens Be among the first to experience the Grand Canyon in Indianapolis—visit the Eiteljorg’s newest exhibit, The Grand Canyon. Create art; discover local community groups; quiz an Eiteljorg Park Ranger and earn your Junior Ranger pin. Join a curator-led tour at 11 a.m. Explore the Grand Canyon through the eyes of renowned artist, Curt Walters, at 1 p.m., and learn about the geology of the Canyon with Indiana University geologist, Dr. Erika Elswick at 3 p.m.

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Noon Curator’s Choice Series: Aliens, and Robots, and Cowboys, Oh My!: Sci-Fi Westerns in Film and Television Join assistant curator of Western art, Johanna Blume, for a 20-minute tour exploring one of her favorite topics.

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Programming: The People of the Grand Canyon Create your own work of art inspired by the Grand Canyon; catch a film; quiz an Eiteljorg Park Ranger and share your Canyon memories. Learn about the contemporary and historic peoples of the Grand Canyon through talks and performances. Join a curatorled tour at 11 a.m. Musician and third-generation Hopi artist, Ed Kabotie takes the stage at 1 p.m. to present the history of the Grand Canyon from a Tewa/Hopi perspective. At 3 p.m., join award-winning author, Stephen Hirst, as he discusses the Havasupai Tribe of Arizona’s history and culture, emphasizing the contemporary issues they face.



APR 4–10 Hospitality Week Are you an Indianapolis hospitality worker—a skycap, hotel concierge, cab driver or waiter? Bring your family to the museum during Hospitality Week and enjoy free admission.


Thursday & Friday

Peter Nisbet

MAY 12 & 13

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Painting Light in the Landscape: A Workshop with Peter Nisbet Presented as part of The Grand Canyon exhibition, this two-day workshop is for artists who want to concentrate on painting light in landscapes with award-winning Santa Fe artist, Peter Nisbet. Nisbet will explore all aspects of light, from sources in nature and the value scale, to how to portray light with paint. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, demonstrations, plein-air painting sessions and critique. Space is limited to 15 participants. For fee information and to register, call 317-275-1310.



Noon Curator’s Choice Series: Sustaining the People: American Indian Foods and Art In this 20-minute tour, Dr. Scott Shoemaker, the Eiteljorg’s Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback curator of Native American art, history and culture, will use objects to explore the connections between Native foods, art and cultures.


MAY 14

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Programming: The Art of the Grand Canyon Create your own work of art inspired by the Grand Canyon; catch a film; quiz an Eiteljorg Park Ranger share your Canyon memories and earn your Junior Ranger pin. Explore the art of the Grand Canyon with award-winning Santa Fe artist, Peter Nisbet. Nisbet will discuss his love of the Canyon and how it inspires his work at 1 p.m.

Saturdays, 1–3 p.m. (1st. 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of each month) Storytelling Meet storyteller Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.

We’re adding new programs and events all the time. Visit and sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on Eiteljorg Museum happenings.

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BEHIND THE SCENES Grand Canyon transformation: from diagnosis dirty to a stunning debut How do you clean a cherished, iconic painting? Very carefully… with a cotton swab and a pH-adjusted solution made of deionized water and a mild surfactant. This past winter, a team of conservators undertook the delicate task of cleaning October Suite: Grand Canyon, 1991, the majestic, threepanel Wilson Hurley painting that has greeted visitors inside the Eiteljorg Museum’s South entrance for more than two decades. Over several days in December and January, museum patrons enjoyed the rare opportunity to see conservation in action. But in case you missed it, here’s another behind-the-scenes look at how we care for the art in our collection. Diagnosis: Dirty To the untrained eye, October Suite and other artworks may not look like they need to be cleaned. And once cleaned, a painting may appear unchanged to the casual observer. But if left uncleaned, the surface of a painting can be abraded by dirt and dust over time. So skilled, experienced conservators conduct surveys of museum collections to assess and prioritize the work that needs to be done to maintain the art. Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Eiteljorg brought in eight conservators between 2007 and 2010 for an in-depth review of 5,000 pieces in our collection. Their findings were entered into our collections management database and included a ranking for each piece in priority order based 8

Linda Witkowski, senior paintings conservator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, used the triptych conservation project to illustrate her talk on painting conservation. Michael Ruzga, one of the conservators who treated the painting, is working in the background.

on its need for conservation treatment. In the case of October Suite: Grand Canyon, the triptych’s location in the museum—next to the front door—contributed to its ranking. The Eiteljorg’s director of museum collections, Amy McKune, recalls, “When we did cleaning tests, we found that the panel closest to the front door was significantly dirtier than the panel [farthest from the door].” In particular, conservators found the three panels of October Suite, Grand Canyon to be covered with a moderate grime layer. Additionally, on the first panel, a one-inch scratch and an eighth-of-an-inch area of oil paint loss exposed the

white ground layer the artist used to prime the canvas. Small brown spots, known as accretions, were noted on this panel as well. On the third panel, there were minute paint losses. The painting’s frames were generally in good condition, but the artist used a double linen liner on each frame, and dust and dirt were embedded in these liners. Solution: Conservation Cleaning a 72” x 312” three-panel painting with cotton swabs is labor- and time-intensive, and, therefore, expensive. The October Suite conservation required roughly 80 hours of work from a crew of highly trained and expe-

rienced conservators. The treatment project was funded in part by IMLS, through their Museums for America program. Conservators used the aforementioned aqueous solution to clean the surface dirt from each of the three panels. The next step was to consolidate, or bind, areas of minor paint loss with an adhesive. Some areas of paint loss needed inpainting, a process in which the conservator matches the missing paint and paints over the varnish. The dust and dirt were removed from the linen liners and frames with brushes to loosen the dirt so it could be vacuumed off.

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October Suite: Grand Canyon, 1991 story at-a-glance “...and the winner is...” In 1991, the Eiteljorg Museum Award was presented to painter Wilson Hurley (1924-2008) to acknowledge the recipient’s lifetime contributions to the world of contemporary realist art in the American West. The award program included Hurley’s one-person show featuring the October Suite: Grand Canyon, 1991 triptych. The painting became part of the Museum’s collection soon thereafter.

Conservator Monica Radecki cleaning the middle panel.

Late-career artist Hurley’s father served as Secretary of War under FDR, and the artist himself graduated from West Point and was a combat pilot during World War II and Vietnam. He became a painter at age 41, after careers as a commercial pilot and in engineering, law and banking. A pilot’s-eye view Grand Canyon is a quintessential example of late-20th century Western landscape painting. The painting features the aerial view common in Hurley’s work, and it reflects his strong sense of history and place.

Conservators use hand-rolled cotton swabs with different cleaning solutions to test how much dirt is present and can be removed without causing damage to the artwork.

Your membership saves you money Becoming an Eiteljorg Museum member gives you access to a year of great arts and culture and makes you money-wise. You could save nearly $100 if you plan to visit the museum at least three times. For example: Individual $60 compared to 2 Adults x 3 visits = $78 SAVE $18 Dual $60 compared to 4 adults x 3 visits = $156 SAVE $91 Family/Grandparent $70 compared to 2 adults, 2+ kids x 3 visits = $120 SAVE $50 Family/Grandparent+2 $90 compared to 4 adults and 2+ kids x 3 visits = $198 SAVE $108! BEST DEAL


Starting this year, museum members get into Indian Market and Festival for FREE.

Look for the newly-conserved triptych in The Grand Canyon exhibition.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant #MA-30-15-0469-15)

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PLANNED GIVING Gift illustrates how planned giving can transform museum’s future Tom Hoback can trace his lifelong interest in Native American cultures back to childhood visits with his family to the Midwestern and Southwestern United States in the 1950s. For Hoback, a member of the Eiteljorg’s board of directors since 2009 and board chair for the last two years, these family trips led to selfdirected exploration during his teenage years. As a high school student, he tried to locate the original fort for which Fort Madison, Iowa, is named, and he studied Native American tribes in the Iowa/Western Illinois region. Since then, Hoback’s personal passion for Native history and culture has grown, culminating last year in a most generous gift to the Eiteljorg: The Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback curator of Native American art, history and culture position, an endowed curatorship. “My wife, Susan, shares my

interest in Native cultures,” Hoback says. “We had been looking for a way to have a meaningful and long-lasting impact on the future of the Eiteljorg. We chose to support a dedicated Native curator position because it is a direct reflection of the museum’s mission.” The Hobacks’ excitement about the new position grew after they spoke with Scott Shoemaker, Ph.D., who joined the Eiteljorg staff in January 2015 as the inaugural Hoback curator. Shoemaker, a member of the Miami Nation of Indiana, has been an invaluable cultural advisor to the museum for nearly two decades. His scholarly expertise is in the areas of American Indian studies and museum studies. He has taught at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College in St. Paul, and he has served on the curatorial staff in ethnology at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

In his position at the Eiteljorg, Shoemaker will develop the museum’s collections and relationships with collectors and donors, and he will spearhead the creation of exhibitions and publications related to the indigenous peoples of North America. He will also work closely with the Eiteljorg’s Native American Advisory Council and with institutional partners, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Of his new role, Shoemaker says, “I look forward to focusing on local and regional history and cultures and being able to connect with the broader stories of Native America, expanding into areas we have not previously addressed.” Support for the vital work of the Eiteljorg comes from many sources. We appreciate and rely on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as income from admission and ticket

sales and the museum store. But growing the endowment is critical in order for the museum to be self-sustaining and innovative for the long term. Hoback says, “We are lucky to have such wonderful art and rich programming right here in Central Indiana, at one of only five elite Western art museums in the country. The Eiteljorg has gifted leadership, staff and curators. It’s a special place that contributes so much to the community. Planned giving and other gifts to endowment secure the future of this extraordinary museum.” By endowing the new curator position through planned giving, the Hobacks have established a lasting legacy. Hoback says, “Such gifts are an opportunity to take part in the life of the museum for many years to come, and we hope others will seek out ways to do the same.”


Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Celebrate creativity from a woman’s perspective. More than 35 regional artists share and sell artistic works in basketry, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, painting and more. Find out more at Christine Davis


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Host your next event at the Eiteljorg Museum Corporate, Convention and Holiday Parties Looking for a unique meeting or event setting, rich in culture? The Eiteljorg Museum offers amazing indoor and outdoor spaces for most any event! Conveniently located within walking distance of many downtown Indianapolis hotels, the Eiteljorg features a worldclass art collection, sumptuous cuisine and spectacular architecture. We offer warm, welcoming spaces for groups of 10 to 1,200 and our professional event planning team can help you with every detail. Our exclusive caterer, Kahn’s Catering, will make choosing your menu easy.

Peter Nisbet, Santa Fe Idyll. Image courtesy of the artist.

Join us for an extraordinary workshop with artist Peter Nisbet Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Fee: $500 general public $425 Eiteljorg, Hoosier Salon & Indiana Plein Air Painters Association members Limit 15 participants. Call 317-275-1310 to register or go to for more information. This is a two-day workshop for artists who want to concentrate on painting light in landscapes with award-winning Santa Fe artist Peter Nisbet. Nisbet will explore all aspects of light, from sources in nature and the value scale, to how to portray light with paint. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, demonstrations, painting sessions and critique. In addition to the workshop, participants are invited to Nisbet’s public presentation at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 14, where he will share his love for, and work in, the Grand Canyon.

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Nisbet has traveled to remote places such as the South Pole and China, but his preferred locale for painting is in the deserts of the Southwest and Mexico. He has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions across the country, including the Eiteljorg’s Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale since 2008, and has received numerous awards including Eiteljorg Quest for the West awards. Nisbet is represented in galleries in San Francisco, New York City, Tucson and Santa Fe. Nisbet’s visit is sponsored by Frank N. and Patricia L. Owings.


MEMBERSHIPS & DONATIONS Thank you to the following donors for memberships and gifts received August 1 to November 30, 2015. Due to space limitations, only contributions of $100 or more are listed—with the exception of annual fund, memorial and honorarium gifts. If your name is not listed as you would like it to be, or if it has been omitted, please accept our apologies and call 317.275.1311. Membership gifts ($100 and over) Vision Circle Cumulative giving for 2015 $25,000 and above Bob and Pat Anker Frank and Katrina Basile Gordon and Llura Gund Dr. and Mrs. John C. Lechleiter Steve and Jane Marmon Mel and Joan Perelman Chairperson’s Circle Cumulative giving for 2015 $10,000–$24,999 Mary Beth and Robert Braitman Ann W. King Jack and Sue Zinser President’s Society $5,000–$9,999 Dr. Caryn C. Anderson and Mr. David Anderson John H. Holliday Ralph G. Nowak Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Paul Clay and Amy Robbins Golden Eagle Society $2,500–$4,999 Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly, II George and Carrie Pappas Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Schloss Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Skehan Mr. and Mrs. William E. Stanley Michael and Maureen Surak Eagle Society $1,500–$2,499 Nancy Ayres Donald P. Bogard Dr. Rosanne Bonjouklian Sally Booth Georgia Buchanan William and Moira Carlstedt Susie M. Cross Carole and Richard Darst Deanna DeBrier Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Dollens


Ryan and Stephanie Fuhrmann Dr. Meg Gammage-Tucker and Mr. Aaron Cleveland Gloria Griesinger Polly H. Hix and Tony J. Fair Camilla Hull Dr. Ann H. Hunt James and Jeanine Isham Susan and Mike Lewis Kim and Paul Mannweiler Michael and Patricia McCrory Mr. E. Kirk McKinney, Jr.* Roger and Virginia Merkel Thalia Nicas and Louis Jungheim Jay and Sally Peacock Marian Pettengill Mr. and Mrs. Terry Rader J. Albert and Maribeth Smith Michael and Carol Stayton Marlys and Harry Stern Jan Woodruff and William T. Rice Patron Members $500–$999 George and Susan Black Robert and Linda Glover John and Nancy Myrland Sustaining Members $250–$499 Dick and Kathi Badertscher Mauvene Borton Robyn and Vince Caponi C. Jack and Linda Clarkson Jim Dillard John and Mary Ann Grogan Anita K. Harvey Cindy and Robert Hoye Nancy and Thomas Inui Linda and Marvin Maguire William L. Scott James R. Sparks Shelley Stewart and Scott Mills James and Cheryl Strain Robert and Ellen Whitt David and Magdalen Zauner Contributing Members $100–$249 Mr. C. Willis Adams, III Neal and Norma Agee John and Peggy Alexander Jennifer Anker Dr. Charles R. Bantz and Dr. Sandra Petronio Peter and Lisa Blaser Jesse Brand and Geri Handley Scott and Maryann Bridge John E. Burns, III Stephen and Bonnie Caplin James and Jane Carlson Ronald and Claudia Clark Charles Costa and Tonicia Smith

Carl and Janice Wheater-Cowen Thomas and Nancy Crandall Andrew and Jane Crowley Troy and Heather Crum Robert and Sharon Doiron Janice and Charles Fitzgerald David R. and Ann Frick Maureen Goodman Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gould Ken and Linda Grimes Ronald and Judith Hagan Jay and Mary Ham JoAnn Hamilton Dr. Thomas Z. Hayward, III Hunter and Glenna Heath Gary and Katie Hoefle Peggy and Helen Hollingsworth Wayne Humbles Sarah Iden and Kelli Herman Thomas Keith Baron and Kathy Kidd Robert B. and Cindy J. Kirkpatrick Richard and Gwen Knipstein Mr. and Mrs. Dwight E. Lamb, Jr. Jack E. and Karen Kay Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Moore, Jr. Michel Mott and Kim McManama Carolyn and Gary Mueller Mariellen Neudeck Elnora E. Noe Joel and Karen Piassick Margaret Drew and Craig Pinkus William K. Ransom Tim and Linda Robb Robert and Beverly Salyers Jan Schmetzer Michael and Kathleen Schneider Jeanette Shallop-Radliff Judith Silverman Michael and Julie Stalnecker Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Taylor P. Michael and Carolyn M. Tolson Patrice and John Waidner Frank and Jane Walker Charles and Kathleen Warren Gerry and Kim Wichman John and Janice Williams Mr. and Mrs. Robin Winston Y. Rosalind Wolen Ms. Gretchen Wolfram Dr. Don Zimmerman Donors All annual fund, memorial and honorarium gifts are listed. Gifts in other categories are for $100 or more. Annual Fund and other designated gifts Anonymous (9) John and Gloria Aplin

Sarah C. Barney Ashley Mueller Berg Kristin Bevil Don and Ginger Bievenour Dr. Rosanne Bonjouklian Mary Beth and Robert Braitman Barbara J. Briggs Krystal and Jim Brown Jo Ann Caito Charity Partners Foundation Ronald and Claudia Clark Mary Ann and Frank Clifford Phyllis and Edward Cockerill Troy and Heather Crum Erin and Brett Czajkowski Linda Darr Mike Davis Mona de la Garza Elaine and Bill Deaton Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Dunn, Jr. Roger and Mindy Eiteljorg Elizabeth E. Elam James and Christine Foust Linda Gilman James and Sara Gutting Stella Hanley Linda Hardin Betsey Harvey Dr. Joseph and Mrs. Eleanor Hingtgen Eric and Pamela Hinkle David Hinshaw Sheila and Richard Jackson John and Frances Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. John C. Jenkins Maggie Loiselle Robert B. and Cindy J. Kirkpatrick Fred and Carol Lane Lezlie Laxton Frank and Sandra Learned Carla and Mike Leppert Thomas and Sally Lugar Steve and Jane Marmon Susie and Howard Maxwell Zygmunt and Karen Mazanowski Mr. H. Roll McLaughlin MET Foundation Inc. Blake Mosey Bryce G. Mosey Dr. Daniel H. Mowrey Liza and Anthony Najem James and Catherine Nies Gita and Joseph Osborne Peter and Whitney Prettyman Timothy Rowley David Ruben The Saltsburg Fund-Don Buttrey Carol Saviano Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Schloss William L. Scott Christine and Alex Smith *Deceased

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Rosemary Steinmetz Claudia Swhier Howard and Marlies Terpning Cathy and Robert Turner Becky Vermillion Alexia and Richard Lopez, Bobbie Donahue, Jim and Erinn Wold Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Zimmerman Robina M. Zink Gifts in Honor and Memory In Honor of Josiah “Joey” Beeman Susan Beeman In Honor of Johanna M. Blume Salina Art Center, Inc. In Honor of Dr. Greg Clark John and Barbara Wynne In Honor of Quest for the West artists Steve and Jane Marmon In Honor of John Vanausdall Mickey’s Camp—Maurer Family Foundation In Memory of Blanche Halpern Diane and Randall Rowland In Memory of Phyllis Olson Kay Hinds Steven Pettinga and Michael Byrum In Memory of Denny Solso John Vanausdall In Memory of Zeff Weiss Mr. and Mrs. Elmore W. Rice, III Foundations, Corporations and Government Gifts $50,000 and above The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate $25,000–$49,999 Indiana Arts Commission $10,000–$24,999 Indianapolis Colts $5,000–$9,999 Indianapolis Power & Light Company $2,500–$4,999 Citimark Management Co., Inc. ERMCO Electrical & Communications Contractors $1,000–$2,499 J.L. Fox, Inc. General Contractors KSA Industries, Inc. $100–$999 Easter Conservation Services Matching Gift Companies Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc.

In-Kind Gifts Faegre Baker Daniels LLP Drs. Martha and Michael Hill Honeymoon Image & Design Monarch Beverage Jaq Nigg and Josh Silbert Stuart’s Household Furniture Moving and Storage, Inc. Sun King Brewing Co. The Empty Vase Project Silver Moon and Project New Moon capital campaign gifts Bob and Pat Anker Fritz R. and Sandy Gordner The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation Susie and Howard Maxwell Ralph G. Nowak George and Carrie Pappas Robert and Helen Whipple Bill and Roberta Witchger Mr. and Mrs. John D. Zinser Exhibitions and Special Events 2015 Buckaroo Bash Sponsored by Citimark Ice Miller LLP Indianapolis Colts Marshals Mary Beth and Bob Braitman Steve Cagle Ed and Phyllis Cockerill Chuck and Helen Coghlan L.G. and Alyce Edwards Tom and Patty Gibbs Karen and Tom Glaser Tom Hoback Ginny Hodowal and Doug Madeley Joan SerVaas and Larry Roan Whitney Trede Cathy and Bob Turner Donald Woodley The Grand Canyon Presented by Eli Lilly & Company Foundation Sponsored by The Capital Group Companies, Home of the American Funds Barnes & Thornburg LLP Ice Miller LLP Program sponsors Jane and Steve Marmon Frank N. and Patricia L. Owings


The Eiteljorg Museum will once again host the popular Indianapolis Hospitality Week, celebrating hospitality industry workers and their families with complimentary admission to the museum. Concierges, IndyGo and cab drivers, restaurant waitstaff, Convention Center staff— anyone who helps make Indianapolis a welcoming place—are invited to visit. Guests simply need to show a work badge, business card or other proof of employment in the hospitality industry to receive free admission. For more information, call 636.9378 or go to #EJHospitality

Parking at the Eiteljorg Museum is free (when available) in the underground garage.


Spring 2016


White River State Park • 500 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

Coming soon 24TH ANNUAL


Experience Native American art, food, music and family fun. Enjoy performances, storytellers, hands-on activities, Indian tacos, art sales and more. Do not miss it. And mark your calendar for a re-imagined Preview Party on June 24. This year, the market returns to museum grounds! SPONSORED BY:

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