INDIANAPOLIS — Even though the doors to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art are closed due to COVID-19, its online access allows visitors to enjoy the experience while staying safe in their homes.

The Eiteljorg Museum’s artwork from collections such as Native American, Western and Contemporary Collections can now be accessed through social media, the museum’s newsletter, and at Eiteljorg.org/AtHome. Digital and interactive experiences allow families to stay at home while continuing to see and explore the museum’s exhibits.






A view of the Eiteljorg museum exhibition, Please Touch! The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo. Photo by Hadley Fruits Photography.


An exhibition entitled Quilts: discovering women’s stories, which opened in March, features perspectives on quilts as an artistic medium that tell stories about the lives of women from the 1800s to today. Another exhibition entitled Please touch! The Sculptures of Michael Naranjo explores sculptures from around the world created by Michael Naranjo, despite his loss of sight over 50 years ago.

“The response from the public, our members and other supporters has been overwhelmingly positive and gratifying,” said Bryan Corbin, Director of Public Relations for the Eiteljorg Museum. “We appreciate all that people are doing to support the Eiteljorg and are happy to be able to bring the museum to them during this time.”

Families with school-aged children can also access educational videos online through the museum’s public programs department.

The museum also offers themed content every day of the week for all ages, such as Learn and Play on Mondays, A Look Inside Quilts on Tuesdays, Curator Choice on Wednesdays, Juniper Adventures on Thursdays, Feature Fridays, Shop at the Store on Saturdays. and Honoring Women On Sundays.

“Eiteljorg employees have worked tirelessly to stay in touch with our audience by launching an online museum with favorite artistic and cultural content on our website and social media,” said Corbin.

The museum being temporarily closed, the 28e The annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has been postponed to June 26-27, 2021. Many artists who attend the festival now offer their artwork online, such as jewelry and pottery. Indian market artists can be contacted at https://eiteljorg.org/indianmarketandfestival/.

Corbin said the decision to postpone the market and festival for a year was difficult as many performers depend on the show’s purchases for their livelihood.

But the museum will be reopened as soon as circumstances permit.

“The Eiteljorg looks forward to welcoming our visitors again in summer and autumn with exciting exhibitions and programs,” said Corbin.

An event scheduled for September 11-12 is the 15the annual Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, which features newly created Western art by the country’s top artists, available for purchase. the Quest for the West paintings and sculptures will be on display to the public at the museum from September 13 to October 13. 11.

Lacey Watt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news site powered by journalism students at Franklin College.


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