Eiteljorg earns major grants 

The grants will restore artwork and enhance the 24th Annual Indian Market and Festival

click to enlarge Paintings conservator, Michael Ruzga, cleaning one panel of October Suite, Grand Canyon, 1991.
  • Paintings conservator, Michael Ruzga, cleaning one panel of October Suite, Grand Canyon, 1991.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art just received an Art Works award of $10,000 from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to further enhance the 24th Annual Indian Market and Festival.

The June 25-26, 2016 Indian Market and Festival will return to the Eiteljorg grounds in White River State Park after a ten-year staging at Military Park. Recognized for high-quality, unique Native American artwork and surrounding programming, Indian Market and Festival has become one of the nation's premiere markets for Native American traditional and contemporary art. They attract about 7,000 visitors from across the Midwest annually, according to the news release.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from the Eiteljorg offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

In addition, the Eiteljorg just received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant of $6,000 to fund a detailed condition survey of American Indian art and cultural objects from the recently received Bud and Nancy Adams collection. 

This NEH award supplements a grant totaling $117,069 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) towards a major three-year conservation project to treat 22 paintings and nine works of art on paper in its Western collection.

Jan. 8-9, visitors to the museum can watch conservators restoring Wilson Hurley’s majestic three-panel painting – October Suite: Grand Canyon, 1991 – which has been moved into the Western Art Gallery from its long-time space on the wall just inside the museum’s entrance, October Suite will re-debut as part of the Eiteljorg’s 2016 exhibit, The Grand Canyon, with a March 26, 2016 opening. 


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