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Celebrate 25 years of Indian Market & Festival, June 24-25 One of the greatest aspects of the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival is how the experience develops year after year, market after market. Visitors return each year to interact with top Native American artists and buy their jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculpture and other art. We’re delighted when visitors show and tell about the artwork they purchased, Indian Market jewelry they wear every day or stories about the artists they’ve become friends with. After a modest beginning in 1993, the upstart Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has grown into one of the top Native American art markets in the country. As it has built support for Native American artists and their art and interest in Native cultures, the Indian Market and Festival has forged great memories for visitors and artists alike—such as the year the Preview Party included a salmon bake by Tillicum Village and the years that Robert Mirabal, Brulé or Indigenous rocked the stage. To make new market memories, mark your calendars for the 25th annual Indian Market and Festival on June 24 and 25. We’ll celebrate the history and future of market with award-winning traditional and contemporary Native American artwork, popular returning performers, art and cooking demonstrations, and more—all on the Eiteljorg grounds. We will also exhibit artwork collected at the market over the past 25 years, and highlight longtime artists at the Friday evening Preview Party on June 23. To register for the Preview Party, contact Hannah Wishart at (317) 275-1316 or For more details, and the Indian Market and Festival schedule, watch and follow the Eiteljorg on Facebook and Twitter.

Eiteljorg Museum Members Magazine Volume 12, Number 1

President and CEO John Vanausdall Vice President for Advancement Nataly Lowder Membership Manager Sheila Jackson Director of Marketing and Communications Bert Beiswanger Design Honeymoon Image & Design Contributors Bryan Corbin, Editor Kay Hinds Hyacinth Rucker Gregory Hinton Sheila Jackson

Community invited to Juneteenth celebration at Eiteljorg; free admission June 17 Join us on Saturday, June 17 under The Sails for the Juneteenth community celebration, when Eiteljorg admission is free. Juneteenth commemorates the historic day in June 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation issued in 1863 finally reached Texas at the end of the Civil War. Now observed all over the U.S., Juneteenth is an opportunity to learn and celebrate African Americans in the cultural diversity of the West. Many groups are partnering with the Eiteljorg Museum for this year’s celebration; and there will be music, dancing, historical re-enactors, a chuckwagon and more. Look for details at Juneteenth is proudly sponsored by Ice Miller LLP and Nordstrom.

On the cover: Shelly Mosman Untitled (from the Animal Child series), 2013 Loan courtesy of the artist

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New exhibits and programs promise an exciting year ahead at the Eiteljorg Friends, As the new year is well under way, we can look back fondly on the previous year’s accomplishments; and 2016 was a year of many great things here at the Eiteljorg. The Grand Canyon exhibition, on display late winter through summer 2016, combined the art history, Native American cultures and the social and natural history of this iconic part of our American landscape. It proved to be a big hit with the public, attracting 57,000 visitors. In June 2016, we took a bold step and moved Indian Market and Festival back onto the museum grounds. Visitors and artists alike appreciated the use of all the museum’s beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces and how the move integrates the market with the museum experience itself. Our second summer season presenting programming and events under The Sails on the Christel DeHaan Family Terrace attracted more than 16,000 visitors to concerts and family activities, and was highlighted by our celebration of Juneteenth and our annual WestFest family event. In September 2016, we hosted another presentation of the national Western art sale, Quest for the West ®, that resulted in just shy of $1 million in sales and attracted artists and collectors from

around the nation. In November we opened the exhibition Titan of the West: The Adams Collection of Western and Native American Art, celebrating one of the most important gifts of art that the museum ever has received—a generous legacy of Texas oil magnate and owner of the NFL Tennessee Titans, the late Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams, and his wife Nancy Adams. Once again we closed out the year with our train exhibit, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, one of the most popular and beloved holiday attractions in our community. I want to thank all our generous donors and sponsors who made these projects successful, along with our dedicated staff, hundreds of volunteers who provided critical staffing and all of you who visited and participated, bought tickets and told your friends to be sure not to miss it all.

I am equally excited for the year ahead. We will present a fascinating exhibition opening March 4 about the role dogs have played in the American West and Native America as faithful companions and hard workers in ranching, herding, mushing in the Arctic and helping move families. I am confident that anyone who loves dogs will not want to miss this exhibition, Dogs: Faithful and True, which will encompass paintings, contemporary photographs, sculpture and artifacts, as well as entertaining programs and activities. Also new in 2017 will be a revised annual fundraiser, Cowpokes & Cocktails, to benefit education programs here at the museum. In November, we will present a major, 20-year retrospective of contemporary Native American art featuring the art and artists of the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. This and so much more is in store for the public—and especially you, our members and supporters. I hope to see you often this year.

Be sure to register for COWPOKES & COCKTAILS at the Lucas Estate Party Barn APR 29 For tickets and sponsor information, contact Hannah Wishart at (317) 275-1316 or or visit


John Vanausdall President and CEO Eiteljorg Museum

We’ve lined up a summer full of activities and programming for DOGS: FAITHFUL & TRUE MAR 4–AUG 6 Spring 2017



The Eiteljorg Museum’s next major exhibition in spring and summer 2017 will be a fascinating exploration of the many roles dogs have played in Native American cultures and in the development of the American West. From the focused work ethic of herding and sled dogs to the loyal and faithful companionship of the family pet, dogs and their people have a bond that has persisted across time and geography, through hardship and prosperity. To tell these complex stories, the Eiteljorg will present striking works of art, photographs, objects, interactive experiences and engaging programs that will capture the imaginations of dog lovers, art enthusiasts and visitors of all age groups. Opening March 4, Dogs: Faithful and True takes a thought-provoking look at dogs as workers, companions

Laura Wilson (American, born 1939) Cattle dog: Mookie, 1988 Silver gelatin print, black and white fiber-based photographic print Eiteljorg Museum Collection

and heroes, through historic and contemporary paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs and artifacts. Visitors will have many opportunities Unknown Yup’ik artist Dogsled, ca. 1950 Wood, metal, leather, rope, tape Eiteljorg Museum Collection


to learn and enjoy, with demonstrations of working dogs, scholarly talks, artmaking activities, workshops and outdoor events that dogs can attend with their owners. Among the art are paintings and sculpture by renowned Western artists such as Charlie Russell, Native American artifacts such as a colorful and elaborate Cree dog blanket and impressive black-and-white images of working dogs by contemporary photographer Michael Crouser. Dogs and their interactions with people figure significantly

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into many art works in the exhibit, such as historic paintings of dramatic Western scenes of dogs protecting humans from grizzlies and other dangers. Artifacts from Native American cultures include a Yup’ik dogsled and a model Mandan-Hidatsa travois that reflect dogs’ roles as draft animals, hauling cargo across long distances. Photographs and contemporary art highlight the roles that dogs play today on ranches and reservations in the West. To offer programming one Saturday each month throughout the five-month run of Dogs, the Eiteljorg partnered with numerous community organizations. Faculty and veterinarians from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine will give talks on various topics, and showcase their shelter medicine program by offering tours of their Priority 4 Paws mobile spay-and-neuter clinic. The Humane Society of Indianapolis will bring its Pet Adoption Wagon (PAW) to the Eiteljorg grounds so that visitors can adopt a new furry friend. The community-based therapy dog organization Paws and Think will have trained canines avail-

Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926) The Malamute, cast in 1958 Bronze Eiteljorg Museum Collection Michael Crouser (American, born 1962) Dogs Jumping, 2006 Toned silver gelatin print Courtesy of the artist

able to interact with visitors. On April 8, Karen Land, a writer, storyteller and threetime participant in the Iditarod dogsled race, will discuss her thrilling experiences in Alaska and will be accompanied by one of her sled dogs. On July 8, Veryl Goodnight, renowned Western artist and Quest for the West ® award winner, will talk about working dogs and offer an interactive drawing demonstration. An interactive touchscreen will focus on the details of 32 dog breeds significant in the West. Visitors can pose for pictures next to a dogsledteam photo op and pack items onto a life-sized Gold Rush

cargo-hauling dog. The special exhibition Dogs: Faithful and True continues through August 6. For more details, see Although service animals are the only pets allowed inside the museum building itself, dogs and their owners are invited to attend the Eiteljorg’s popular Summer Under The Sails outdoor concert series. The dog-friendly concerts are free and take place on the museum’s Christel DeHaan Family Terrace every Wednesday evening, 6 to 8 p.m., during the months of June and July. The Eli Lilly & Company Foundation Inc. is the presenting

sponsor of Dogs: Faithful & True. The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust provided a generous grant to cover the exhibit’s animal-welfare programming. In partnership with the Eiteljorg and the Humane Society of Indianapolis, the Trust is funding a free dog vaccination clinic throughout the month of March at the Animal Welfare Center in Haughville.





Rockville Road Animal Hospital & Animal Hospital of Avon Pawsitive Partners Agility Training Center Pawsitive Partners Obedience Training Center


William R. Leigh (American, 1866-1955) Grizzly at Bay, ca. 1915 Oil on canvas Courtesy of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Faculty members from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine INTERACIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING SPONSOR:


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DOGS FAITHFUL & TRUE Exciting spring and summer events and programs await you at the Eiteljorg. Here are a few highlights: MAR 3 Curator’s Choice talk: On the Hunt: Sporting Paintings in Western Art, noon. MAR 4 Exhibit opens. Purdue Veterinary talk on dogs in art and dog breeds, 1 p.m. APR 7 Presentation for schools by Iditarod musher Karen Land, 10 a.m Curator’s Choice talk: The Artful Dog, noon. APR 8 Public talk by Iditarod musher Karen Land, 1 p.m. MAY 5 Curator’s Choice talk: Dogs on the Move: By Sled and Travois, noon. MAY 13 Purdue Veterinary talk on animal shelter medicine, 1 p.m. MAY 19 Dog Trivia Night, 6 p.m. JUN 3 Purdue Veterinary talk on the human-dog bond and dog behavior, 1 p.m. Indy Pet Pride event on museum’s lawn, 2–5 p.m. JUL 8 Talk and demonstration by artist Veryl Goodnight, 1 p.m. The Indianapolis Humane Society’s Pet Adoption Wagon will be at the museum from noon to 4 p.m. on the following dates: March 4, April 8, May 13, June 3 and July 8. Many other Dogs-related activities are scheduled. For more details, see the calendar of events on pages 6-7 of this issue of Storyteller. Watch and follow the Eiteljorg Museum on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates. 3

The special exhibit Titan of the West closed Feb. 5, but many of the paintings from the Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams and Nancy Adams Collection will be moved to the Eiteljorg Museum core galleries in 2017, including works by Frank Tenney Johnson, Thomas Moran and Joseph Henry Sharp. The Frederic Remington oil A Buck-jumper is traveling, on temporary loan to museums in Denver and Montreal.

Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) On the Camarillo Road, 1938 Oil on canvas Bequest of Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams

Adams bequest continues to enhance richness of museum exhibitions By Bryan Corbin, Editor During the three-month special exhibition Titan of the West: The Adams Collection of Western and Native American Art, thousands of Eiteljorg visitors were amazed by the Western paintings and Native objects that Houston businessman Kenneth S. “Bud” Adams bequeathed to the museum in his will. The depth and breadth of the Adams bequest continues to enrich the museum’s exhibits and will inspire visitors for many years to come. In 2013 the museum inherited from Adams approximately 400 objects, including paintings, pottery, beadwork, weavings and other cultural items, the highlights of which were on public display during Titan of the West. Though the Adams exhibition closed Feb. 5, many of the works will be exhibited in the museum’s core galleries and elsewhere. First out of the gate is the Adams collection’s signature painting, the Frederic Remington oil entitled A Buck-jumper, ca. 1893. It will be on loan to the Denver Art Museum and then the Montreal Museum of 4

Fine Arts for The Western: An Epic in Art and Film beginning in May and running through early 2018. A Western action scene filled with movement as the cowboy rider strains to stay atop a bucking horse, the Remington painting is related to the artist’s exploration of the battle between nature and man as expressed in his iconic sculptures. All of the other paintings from the Adams collection will stay at the Eiteljorg and many will be immediately incorporated into the Western galleries. Works they replace will go through a process of conservation and re-framing, a project made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This is prelude to an even bigger change: By November 2018, the Western art galleries will be completely reinstalled, embracing the best of our collection from Harrison

Eiteljorg, George Gund, Bud Adams and other donors to offer the public a much more exciting view of the Art of the West. Among the many Adams collection works scheduled to go on exhibit in the spring are paintings by Frank Tenney Johnson, Charles Schreyvogel, William R. Leigh, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Joseph Sharp and more. These striking paintings will complement

Joseph Henry Sharp (American, 1859–1953) Shelling Corn—Taos, 1937–1938 Oil on canvas Bequest of Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams

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other works exhibited in the Western galleries and will help visitors appreciate the increasing scope and quality of the museum’s collection as a whole. The Bud and Nancy Adams collection will have a continuing impact on Eiteljorg exhibitions; notably the Native American objects in the Adams gift will be incorporated into plans for changing the secondfloor exhibits. An enrolled member of the

In reflecting on great museum memories, consider planned giving By the Storyteller Editorial Board

Thomas Moran (American, born in England, 1837-1926) The Grand Canyon, 1917 Oil on canvas Bequest of Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams

Cherokee Nation, Bud Adams grew up in Oklahoma, attended Culver Military Academy, became a wealthy business executive in the Texas oil industry and shaped professional football as a founder of the American Football League and owner of the NFL Tennessee Titans. An avid collector in his later years and proud of his Cherokee heritage, Bud Adams had an eye for paintings reflecting iconic Western scenes as well as Plains Indian art, while Nancy Adams was particularly fond of landscapes of the West. After Bud Adams’ death in 2013 at age 90, his unannounced bequest of his entire collection to the Eiteljorg came as a thunderbolt of good fortune to the museum. As the Eiteljorg gears up to redo its Western galleries in 2018 and Native American galleries by 2021, the Adams collection will play a significant role in the transformation of these exhibitions. When visitors streamed through the Titan of the West

Frederic Remington A Buck-jumper, ca. 1893 Oil on canvas Bequest of Kenneth S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams

exhibition from Nov. 12 to Feb. 5, their sudden appreciation for the Adams’ generosity was reflected in their comments and long lingering pauses to gaze at paintings and objects, at times with unspoken awe. If you have not yet seen the Adams works, then look for several of them soon in the Western galleries, and see the Titan of the West book available in the museum store. And if you enjoyed the Titan of the West exhibition, visit the Eiteljorg again to get reacquainted with a few of these remarkable works. Note: The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Think about the first time you brought your children or grandchildren to the Eiteljorg Museum to experience Jingle Rails. Or remember when you were inspired in the galleries by a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, Frederic Remington sculpture or Tlingit carved mask. Or recall the time you enjoyed a delightful lunch from the museum café on the canal or bought some amazing jewelry at the Indian Market and Festival. As a visitor to and member and supporter of the Eiteljorg, you have participated in creating some wonderful memories at the museum. In reflecting on what the Eiteljorg has meant to you and your family in the past, please imagine what you would want your museum to be in 10 or 25 years or longer. Will your children and their children and all who enjoy Western and Native American art and cultures still make return visits to the Eiteljorg and continue to sustain the museum into the future? The Eiteljorg’s long-term ability to amaze, inspire and delight will hinge on growing its endowment. Although annual memberships, admission ticket sales, museum store purchases, donations from individuals and corporate sponsorships all are important components of the museum’s income, the most vital source is the sustained revenue from its endowment. For that, the Eiteljorg depends upon thoughtful supporters like you who donate to the endowment — especially through planned giving. This is where you can assist, by arranging a gift in advance. Some supporters specify an amount each year to be set aside for the Eiteljorg. Other supporters, in acts of extraordinary generosity, include the museum in their wills, through bequests. We are deeply honored whenever one of our longtime supporters remembers the Eiteljorg in this way. There are so many ways to create a lasting legacy through estate planning that it can get overwhelming. We highly recommend talking to your estate attorney and financial planner to help with all the options available for you and your particular situation. It can also be helpful to have a representative from the Eiteljorg at the meeting to answer questions about your personal legacy at the Eiteljorg and how to create the magic you are dreaming of for generations to come. Estate-giving choices are available regardless of a member’s giving level. Planned gifts of any size from our supporters will help keep the museum on stable financial footing and allow the Eiteljorg staff and volunteers to expand the collection and update the galleries, maintain the grandeur of the building and offer exciting new exhibitions and programming. Moreover, planned giving will give you a warm sense of accomplishment that you have directly helped sustain one of the best museums in the nation so that future generations can appreciate Native American and Western art and cultures. For help, reach out today to Nataly Lowder, vice president for advancement, at (317) 275-1311 or

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Visit for details or call 317.275.1310 to register or purchase event 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.

Second Saturday Each Month Second Saturday Family Studios 2–3 p.m. Explore a theme in the museum’s galleries and make art. This familyfriendly experience is not to be missed.


MAR 3 Dogs: Faithful and True Preview Party Doors open at 5 p.m. for Harrison Eiteljorg Society and Eagle Society members; and at 6 p.m. for museum members and guests. Be among the first to see the Eiteljorg’s 2017 featured exhibit, Dogs: Faithful and True. Contact Hannah Wishart at or 317.275.1316 for more information and to register and purchase tickets: $45 for museum members; $40 for Eagle Society or Harrison Eiteljorg Society members; $55 for non-members.

Howard Post Stormy Monday, ca. 1991 Acrylic on canvas Eiteljorg Museum Collection



Noon–12:20 p.m. Curator’s Choice Series: On the Hunt: Sporting Paintings in Western Art Join James Nottage, vice president and chief curatorial officer, for a discussion on sporting paintings in Western art. Free for members and included with museum admission.

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Dogs: Faithful and True exhibit opens Dogs: Faithful and True explores the enduring presence and contributions of dogs as companions, workers and heroes in Native American and Western cultures. In addition to art, photographs, artifacts and interactive experiences, there will be dog-related programming over the duration of the exhibit. You’ll be able to adopt a dog from the Indy Humane’s Pet Adoption Wagon, participate in fun art workshops, hear a talk from faculty from the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine on the history of dogs in art and dog breeds, learn about related community groups and much, much more. Continuing through Aug. 6, Dogs: Faithful and True promises to be a heart-warming and insightful look at our canine friends. Find a detailed list Doc Holliday, of the day’s events at Australian Shepherd, American-bred in the West




MAR 14

1–7 p.m. Appraisal Day Ever wonder if that old painting, family heirloom or curious knickknack collecting dust in the attic is worth any money? Find out March 14 at the Eiteljorg, when appraisers from Cowan’s Auctions Inc. will be on hand to appraise your family treasures. Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati is led by renowned appraiser Wes Cowan, who is featured on the PBS TV shows “Antiques Roadshow” and “History Detectives.” On Appraisal Day at the Eiteljorg, a team of five appraisers from Cowan’s will be at the museum to do verbal appraisals of items such as jewelry, timepieces, antique firearms, decorative and fine art, paintings, Asian art , Native American art and Americana. The appraisal fee is $20 for the first item and $10 for each additional item, up to three items total per guest. (For museum members the fee is $15, and $10 for each additional item.) To reserve your space, call (317) 275-1310; museum members can register starting Feb. 11; the general public can register starting Feb. 18. For more details about this exciting event with Wes Cowan’s experts, see, and check your attic or garage for that lost treasure!


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MAR 18 & 19 Indianapolis Women’s Chorus concert: My Heart’s Friend Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Join the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus in conjunction with Dogs: Faithful and True to celebrate friendship and love —from our human friends to our loving animal companions. Both concerts will be held in Clowes Sculpture Court at the museum. Tickets and information available at Friday


Noon–12:20 p.m. Curator’s Choice Series: The Artful Dog Join Jennifer Complo-McNutt, curator of contemporary art, for a discussion of dogs in art. Free for members and included with museum admission. Saturday

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10 a.m.–5 p.m. Spring Market Celebrate spring and buy handmade pottery, paintings, jewelry, food and more from regional artists at the Spring Market, previously known as the Women in Art Market.

Karen Land—Iditarod dogsled musher talk Special presentation to schools, Friday April 7 10–11:30 a.m. Karen Land, a writer, storyteller and three-time participant in the Iditarod dogsled race, will be accompanied by one of her sled dogs as she discusses her thrilling experiences in Alaska. Teachers, make plans to bring your students on April 7 when Land offers a special presentation for school audiences. Students will learn about mushing, hear stories about Land’s experiences along the trail and meet one four-legged member of her team. Space for schools is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling 317.275.1350 and press “1” at the prompt. Presentation for general public Saturday, April 8, 1–2:30 p.m. Karen Land returns April 8 for a presentation for museum visitors about mushing in the Iditarod race, accompanied by one of her sled dogs. Free for members and included with museum admission. Saturdays

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Noon–12:20 p.m. Curator’s Choice Series: Dogs on the Move: By Sled and Travois Join Scott Shoemaker, the Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback curator of Native American art, history and culture, and Dorene Red Cloud, assistant curator of Native American art, for a discussion on dog-powered transportation. Free for members and included with museum admission. Friday

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1–3 p.m. Pet Portrait Workshop Join artist Sheila Jackson and create your own acrylic pet portrait in this fun two-hour workshop. Pre-register by calling 317.275.1310. Fee is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Saturday

10 a.m.–Noon Pet Photography 101 Workshop with Smiling Dog Photography Want to take better photos of your pet? Learn how in this introductory workshop. Pre-register for one or both workshops by calling 317.275.1310. Fee is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.


APR 29 Cowpokes & Cocktails at The Lucas Estate Party Barn Formerly known as Buckaroo Bash, Cowpokes & Cocktails is a benefit event that has been reimagined for 2017. This exciting high-end fundraiser will be a guaranteed night of fun that includes cocktails, dancing, entertainment and live and silent auction items. Cost is $200 per person or $1,800 for a table for 10. All proceeds go towards educational programming at the Eiteljorg Museum. Contact Hannah Wishart at or 317.275.1316 for more information and reservations.

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10 a.m.–4 p.m. Dogs: Faithful and True programming Enjoy a talk on the history of animal shelter medicine and a tour of Purdue’s Priority for Paws mobile spay/neuter unit with Dr. Carol Fellenstein from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, meet the people and pups of Paws and Think, adopt a pet from Indy Humane’s Pet Adoption Wagon and much more. Detailed list of the day’s events at Friday

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6–8 p.m. Dog Trivia Night Grab your friends and put your canine knowledge to the test during Dog Trivia Night. Must be 21 and older to participate. Pre-registration by teams is required; save the date and call 317.275.1310 for more information. Fee. 7

Caring for three-dimensional works of art: Repairing welcoming features took time and attention John Klinkose, a conservation contractor, was on a ladder to clean and repair the Whitetail Deer sculpture on the grounds of the Eiteljorg Museum in fall 2016.

Contractor Mike Wilken worked with collections staff on the cleaning and repair of bronze reeds in the Whitetail Deer sculpture.

As visitors approach the Eiteljorg Museum, the first art work they see is the Whitetail Deer sculpture fountain on the museum’s front lawn at the corner of Washington and West streets. On their way up the elevator tower from the underground parking garage to the museum entrance, visitors pass a 42-foot waterfall built into the architecture. The deer fountain and waterfall long have greeted visitors; but due to age and circumstances, both had to be repaired. Whitetail Deer by sculptor Ken Bunn depicts a group of deer jumping through a stream with reeds. As an out8

door work of art incorporated into a working fountain that is a local landmark, the sculpture poses unique requirements for its regular maintenance and care. Each year, Eiteljorg collections staff identify appropriate contractors to help with the labor-intensive process of cleaning outdoor sculptures. These contractors have been trained by conservators in the best methods of cleaning and waxing bronze sculpture. In fall 2016, an experienced welder was brought in to supplement the regular crew and return the sculpture as closely as possible to the way it appeared in 1989 when the

museum opened. Five of the sculpted reeds had become detached and several others were bent out of position. Consulting old photographs of the sculpture, the crew determined how the bronze reeds originally were positioned and re-welded the reeds back into their original places, repairing breaks and cracks. To match the existing look, they applied new patina to the polished bronze surfaces. The entire Whitetail Deer sculpture was cleaned of old wax and scale buildup, and re-waxed with a wax specially developed to preserve bronze exposed to outdoor elements. Separately, pipes at the base

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of the fountain became rusted and corroded and had to be cleaned in fall 2016 to maintain the correct flow of water. Bringing back earlier appearance The outdoor sculpture’s surroundings also needed attention in 2016. Pokeweeds had overtaken the landscaping surrounding the fountain, crowding out the original wildflowers. “The fountain is a piece of art; it’s beautiful, but it was surrounded by weeds. That lessened the beauty it had as a focal point of downtown Indianapolis,” said La Marr Easter, the Eiteljorg’s vice

In the parking garage tower under the skylight is the waterfall fountain. Eiteljorg facilities staff have worked to get the fountain back in working order. (Several Eiteljorg facilities employees also worked on repairing the outdoor fountain and replacing nearby landscaping, including Jeff Christian, Pete Drummond, Ian Poynter, Shannon Holloran and Benny Grider.)

president of operations. A layer of soil surrounding the deer fountain was stripped out to remove the weeds by the roots, and the discarded weeds filled four small truck beds. Wildflowers similar to the originals — coneflowers and black-eyed Susans — were replanted. To bring back the original beauty of the Eiteljorg grounds, the museum’s facilities and housekeeping staff planted thousands of wildflower seeds in the fall in the Discovery Garden and near the entry canopy. The education department provided photographs and names of the original wildflowers on the museum property. Eiteljorg grounds volunteer Lora Poynter was able to propagate new starts from the museum’s old plants and harvest seeds from a few surviving plants; and she cultivated them in her personal greenhouse for replanting at the museum in early spring 2017, Easter said. Regular maintenance of the Eiteljorg’s sculpture fountains and other bronze outdoor sculptures is funded through an endowment generously started with a donation by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to honor Frank Russell,

while landscaping improvements come through the museum’s operations budget. Also on the museum’s fall maintenance to-do list was returning the parking tower waterfall fountain to its original use. Hard-water deposits built up on the stone surface after the waterfall’s vertical shaft was constructed in 2002; and the water had not flowed in recent years. Harsh cleaning chemicals would have damaged the stone, so museum employees instead used a mixture of white vinegar and vegetable oil to scour the stone surface, Easter said. Among other repairs, the facilities staff has worked to fix leaks and address excessive splashing near the visitor stairway. The flowing water and recorded soothing music playing in the background set the scene for visitors making their way into the museum. “We look at the Eiteljorg Museum building and grounds as a three-dimensional work of art that must be properly cared for, and we want visitors to have a rewarding experience while they are here enjoying the paintings, sculpture, artifacts and programming,” Easter said. More details at

Kick up your boots at the new Cowpokes & Cocktails benefit April 29 A new tradition kicks off Saturday, April 29 when the Eiteljorg hosts an unforgettable Western-themed charitable event with Hunter Smith as emcee that will sustain the museum’s educational efforts to bring arts-related programming to visitors. Save the date for a fantastic evening of great food, cocktails, dancing, conversation, entertainment and live and silent auction items at the first ever Cowpokes & Cocktails, held April 29 at the newly renovated Lucas Estate Party Barn in Carmel. Cowpokes & Cocktails will benefit the Eiteljorg’s public programs and education departments. Proceeds will allow the museum to provide art supplies for school groups and art-studio days and schedule artists for special weekend events such as Juneteenth, WestFest and Day of the Dead. Proceeds also support the Artists in Residence who interact with students in classrooms on art projects, and will support enriching the collection of the Resource Center in the museum’s R.B. Annis Western Family Experience. All children should experience art regardless of socioeconomic status. Your participation in Cowpokes & Cocktails ensures that happens at the Eiteljorg Museum. Expanding upon the Eiteljorg’s previous Buckaroo Bash charitable event, the new Cowpokes & Cocktails format includes exquisite food, a cocktail contest, a live and silent auction including works of art and experience packages, and much more. Hunter Smith, the former Indianapolis Colts punter who played in Super Bowl XLI, will serve as emcee; his music group, the Hunter Smith Band, will provide onstage entertainment. The location is a popular local landmark: the party barn near 116th Street and Ditch Road where the late Nancy Irsay previously hosted many charitable events. Now owned by the Lucas family of Lucas Oil fame, the party barn pavilion is part of the nearby Lucas Estate, a popular wedding venue. Tickets to Cowpokes & Cocktails are $200 per person or $1,800 per table of 10. Registration is required. For tickets and more information, contact Hannah Wishart at (317) 275-1316 or For sponsorship opportunities, contact Nataly Lowder, vice president for advancement, at (317) 275-1311 or

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When you become a member of the Eiteljorg, you are eligible to attend many exciting arts-related events, including preview parties that offer a sneak peek of new special exhibitions before the crowds arrive and opportunities to meet artists. To join in the rewarding fun of museum membership, contact Sheila Jackson at 317.275.1360 or


Betsey Harvey, center, was honored as a Collector of Distinction at a special reception Sept. 9 in Clowes Court to kick off the 2016 Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale. Betsey was joined by her daughters Kelly Harvey, left, Meg Ostrow, second from right, and Amanda Harvey, right, and by Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall, second from left.

Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall greets Fred Lee, a new museum member visiting the Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale for the first time. Works of 49 Western artists were available for purchase during Quest for the West ®.

Members of the Indianapolis-based Latino arts group Nopal Cultural conclude the Catrina parade, wrapping up the festivities at the Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead Celebration at the Eiteljorg, Oct. 29, 2016. Artist C. Michael Dudash sketches a yellow Labrador retriever during the quick-draw event in the Eiteljorg studio at the Quest for the West ® Art Show and Sale. Several Quest artists sketched two friendly canines during an event that built interest for the 2017 exhibition, Dogs: Faithful and True.


Artist Scott Rogers discusses his sculpture The Pony Express with museum member Jackie Morris during the opening party for the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale. More than 250 collectors and patrons at­tended the opening Sept. 10, 2016, and mingled with their favorite Western artists. Quest for the West ® generated close to $1 million in sales of paintings and sculpture.

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At the Eiteljorg Winter Market on Dec. 3, 2016, visitors enjoyed art created by numerous regional artists, including Onye Ndika of Designs by Onye.


Loyal members renew in advance for the next 11 years

Out West™ summit of LGBT leaders convenes at Eiteljorg By Gregory Hinton

By Sheila Jackson Who knows what the next 11 years will bring? Don and Gail Nelson do. As Eiteljorg members, Don and Gail have visited the museum frequently, attended many exhibit openings and events. On a recent visit during the holidays, they decided to renew their membership for the next 11 years. Don is a big John Wayne fan and lover of the West, so it just seemed appropriate to lock in their membership price so that they can visit the museum they love anytime they want. When asked why 11 years instead of just 10, Don replied, “I received $5 off with membership to another cultural organization and just decided to bump it up one more year. It’s also a good tax write-off!” Thank you Don and Gail for your support of the Eiteljorg.

Find a perfect Mother’s Day gift at Spring Market, April 22 Don’t miss Spring Market, April 22 at the Eiteljorg, when artists from across the region will display and sell their work including jewelry, pottery and decorative art. Formerly known as the Women in Art Market, the Spring Market is a great opportunity to meet and interact with artists, learn about their art and purchase some one-of-a-kind items. Watch for more details and follow the Eiteljorg on Facebook and Twitter.

KAREN LAND Meet an Iditarod musher and one of her sled dogs

In mid-October, the Eiteljorg hosted an important one-day summit of Indiana LGBT leaders to develop a five-year plan for Out West™, the museum’s highly acclaimed educational program series. The meeting and brainstorming session included representatives from the Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Transgender Wellness Alliance, Indy Pride and the Indianapolis City-County Council, among other organizations. In his welcoming remarks, President and CEO John Vanausdall emphasized the Eiteljorg’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity throughout its collections, public programs and exhibitions. The panel heard an overview of Out West™ programming and events, including the exhibit Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo which currently is on a national tour and was curated by the Eiteljorg’s associate curator of Western art, history and culture, Johanna Blume. During the summit, the Eiteljorg’s vice president for public programs, Martha Hill, posed a key question to the roundtable panel: “How can the Eiteljorg better engage and serve the needs of Indy’s LGBT community?” A respectful, constructive and spirited discussion followed. Among the priorities for attendees was considering how the Eiteljorg might participate in the upcoming InterPride Annual General Meeting and World Conference that will take place in Indianapolis in October 2017. Looking ahead to 2018, they also discussed how to observe and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming college student. Vanausdall noted the panel’s observations provided valuable insights that can assist the museum in its mission of telling the complete story of the American West and Native America, including the historic and contemporary contributions of the LGBT community.


6–8 p.m. Join us for a fun and friendly competition of quiz questions about our canine companions. 21 and over only. Pre-registration by teams is required. Call 317.275.1310 or visit for more information.


Special presentation to schools, 10–11:30 a.m. Schools can call 317.275.1350 and press 1 to reserve a spot.


Presentation for general public,1–2:30 p.m. Free for members and included with museum admission.

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Thank you to the following donors for memberships and gifts received between September 1 and November 30, 2016. 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, then please accept our apology and call 317.275.1341. Membership gifts ($100 and over) Vision Circle Cumulative giving for 2016 $25,000 or more Mary Beth and Robert Braitman Gordon and Llura Gund Steve and Jane Marmon Chairperson’s Circle Cumulative giving for 2016 $10,000–$24,999 William and Moira Carlstedt Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Reilly, Jr. President’s Society Cumulative giving for 2016 $5,000–$9,999 Robin and Susan Cooper Myrta Pulliam Golden Eagle Society $2,500–$4,999 Dr. Rosanne Bonjouklian Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly, II Jim and Jackie Morris Dr. Daniel H. Mowrey Thalia Nicas and Louis Jungheim Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Paul Mr. and Mrs. William E. Stanley John Vanausdall

Eagle Society $1,500–$2,499 Nancy Ayres Donald P. Bogard Georgia Buchanan La Marr Easter and Cary Neeley Gloria Griesinger Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Hess Camilla Hull James and Jeanine Isham Carrie Kirk and Carol Besore Susan and Mike Lewis Nataly and Jonathan Lowder Kim and Paul Mannweiler Mrs. Lila D. Morris Chad and Jillian Slaughter J. Albert and Maribeth Smith Michael and Carol Stayton Brian West Jeffery Wylie and Karen Kennelly Patron Members $500–$999 George and Susan Black Mary Bookwalter and Jeffrey Stant Sustaining Members $250–$499 Tara and Anthony Ascioti Dick and Kathi Badertscher Robyn and Vince Caponi Mr. Ernest Dallman Jim Dillard Robert and Linda Glover Cindy and Robert Hoye Gary Huber Nancy and Thomas Inui L. Robert Lowe and Nancy Lowe Linda and Marvin Maguire Col. James Mutter and General Carol Mutter Mr. and Mrs. Randall D. Rogers William L. Scott Gerritt and Debra Smith

Eiteljorg Board member Dr. Richard Feldman, left, and Becky Feldman attended the Titan of the West gala opening on Nov. 11, 2016, and viewed paintings in the K.S. “Bud” and Nancy Adams Collection in the special exhibit gallery, including The Grand Canyon by Thomas Moran.


Members of the Witchger family attended the gala opening of Titan of the West on Nov. 11, 2016, and were greeted by Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall, center. Bill and Roberta Witchger have donated to the Project New Moon and Project Silver Moon capital campaigns. James R. Sparks James and Cheryl Strain Gerry and Kim Wichman David and Magdalen Zauner Contributing Members $125–$249 Neal and Norma Agee John and Peggy Alexander Jennifer Anker Dr. Charles R. Bantz and Dr. Sandra Petronio Peter and Lisa Blaser Scott and Maryann Bridge John E. Burns, III James and Jane Carlson Ronald and Claudia Clark Charles Costa and Tonicia Smith Troy and Heather Crum Theodore and Kimberly Dickman Berkley and Nancy Duck David R. and Ann Frick Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gould David Gratner and Carolyn Bogue Ronald and Judith Hagan Jay and Mary Ham Arthur and Susan Hanna Peggy and Helen Hollingsworth Barbara Irwin-Herman and Erv Herman Seth Keever and Maggie Loiselle Scott and Caran Keller Robert B. and Cindy J. Kirkpatrick David H. Kleiman Richard and Gwen Knipstein Vicki and Ben Ko Lynn Lambuth Rebecca Lomax-Sumner Zygmunt and Karen Mazanowski Mark and Helen Miles Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Moore, Jr. Ms. Sherry Mueller John L. Paul Joel and Karen Piassick Margaret Drew and Craig Pinkus Michael Pitt Dr. John Rudolph and Mrs. Brenda Stewart-Rudolph

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Kathleen and Neal Rush Michael and Kathleen Schneider Jeanette Shallop-Radliff Don and Tracy Skiles Ken and Cathy Springer Michael and Julie Stalnecker Susan Steen Bob and Suellen Swaney Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Taylor Joyce Teel Larry and Nancy Van Arendonk Patrice and John Waidner Frank and Jane Walker Charles Warren Julia and John Wickes John and Janice Williams 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 Amazon Smiles Caroline Amplatz Anonymous (12) Barbara J. Briggs Phillip E. Darrah Forest and Marsha Daugherty Carol Derbin Alan J. Goldsticker Tom and Susie Hacker Eric and Pamela Hinkle Lezlie Laxton Frank and Sandra Learned Susan and Mike Lewis Barbara Masters Walt and Barb Maxson David Ruben Thomas and Linda Sands Anthony and Linda Stavros Ieva Straatman


The Saltsburg Fund – Karen Lake Buttrey* and Donald W. Buttrey John Vanausdall Julia and John Wickes

Foundation, corporation and government gifts

Gifts in Honor and Memory

$25,000 and above Capital Group Indiana Arts Commission

In Memory of Tom Hizer Lorrie and Carlie Hizer

$5,000–$24,999 Gregory & Appel Insurance

In Memory of Willis J. Holland William and Emily Ward

$100–$4,999 Maxwell Alexander Gallery National Council on Compensation Insurance

In Memory of David Eugene Rafferty Kay Hinds In Honor of Susie Maxwell upon her retirement Steve Cagle Martha and Buddy Hennessey In Honor of 20 Years of Partnership with My Board, Staff and Volunteers John Vanausdall In Honor of John Vanausdall’s 20th Anniversary as President/CEO of the Eiteljorg Museum Anonymous David and Mary Allen Amy and Michael Alley Ted and Peggy Boehm Dr. Rosanne Bonjouklian Edward M. Cambra Peter Chen Mark Chestnut Wayne Craig Michael Durham Roger and Mindy Eiteljorg John and Elizabeth Fawcett Dawn M. Fazli Jim and Shawn Floyd Bill and Jennie Forehand Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Gilmor Tom and Sue Hoback Dr. and Mrs. P.T. Hodgin Sharon Hunt Sheila and Richard Jackson Mr. and Mrs. John C. Jenkins Pam and Gary Jursik Elizabeth and J.A. Lacy Katherine D. Marlowe Marcia Mather Susie and Howard Maxwell Katie McKinney Virginia Merkel Barbara Metzner Dr. and Mrs. John Moenning Col. James Mutter and General Carol Mutter Patt Norton Frank N. and Patricia L. Owings Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Paul Missy Romanoff Art and Christine Schildbach Clifton L. Schnaiter L. Wayne and Marjorie Sipe Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Skehan Lois M. Templeton Gil Waldman and Christy Vezolles Y. Rosalind Wolen John W. Woodard Jeffery Wylie and Karen Kennelly Mr. and Mrs. John D. Zinser

In-Kind gifts Casey and Betsy Cronin ERMCO Electrical & Communications Contractors Faegre Baker Daniels LLP Honeymoon Image & Design Monarch Beverage Native Peoples Magazine Stuart’s Household Furniture Moving and Storage, Inc. The Empty Vase Project New Moon and Project Silver Moon capital campaign gifts Mary Beth and Robert Braitman William and Moira Carlstedt Bill and Roberta Witchger Thomas G. and Susan C. Hoback Curator of Native American Art, History and Culture Tom and Sue Hoback Exhibitions and Special Events Dogs: Faithful and True Presented by Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Sponsored by Capital Group Barnes & Thornburg Ice Miller LLP Sycamore Advisors LLC Indianapolis Colts Additional support provided by Rockville Road Animal Hospital & Animal Hospital of Avon Pawsitive Partners Agility Training Center Pawsitive Partners Obedience Training Center Animal welfare programming sponsored by Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Programming Partners Paws and Think Humane Society of Indianapolis Faculty members from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Interactive educational programming supporter Vision Three In-kind supporters Monarch Beverage Sun King Brewing Company

DOGS GIFTS AND MORE From plush toys and books to yard statues and more, stock up on your favorite dog items at Indianapolis’ most unique museum store. 15% members discount on all purchases at the Museum Store.

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

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JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION JUNE 17 Juneteenth celebrates the news of Emancipation and the arrival of freedom reaching Texas at the end of the Civil War; and it highlights the contributions of African Americans in the West. Join us under The Sails for music, dancing and historical re-enactors. Admission is free on June 17. Sponsored by Ice Miller LLP and Nordstrom.

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25th ANNIVERSARY INDIAN MARKET & FESTIVAL JUNE 24 & 25 Experience Native American cultures through awardwinning artwork, music, dance, food, storytelling and more as the Eiteljorg celebrates 25 years of market. This year the market is on the museum grounds once again.