Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial: Part I and II

Part I: February 18 - April 24, 2021 | Part II: May 8 - August 14, 2021

Print Study Center


Organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA), and curated by anthropology professor and curator of Native American art Rebecca Dobkins, this two-part exhibition features a selection of contemporary prints created by Native and non-Native artists at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon. Founded by native painter and printmaker James Lavadour (Walla Walla) in 1992, CSIA seeks to create educational and professional opportunities for native artists to utilize their art as a vehicle for economic development.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art serves as the repository for the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive and as a dimension of the collaborative agreement with CSIA, hosts biennial exhibitions featuring work from the most recent residencies. Because of the abundance of work produced at CSIA since our last major exhibition (in 2017), this year's biennial is organized into two parts.

Exhibition Part I: February 18 - April 24, 2021
The first part of this exhibition features 19 works by 13 Native and non-Native artists who have been in residence at CSIA since 2017, including Avantika Bawa, Marwin Begaye, Raven Chacon, Yoonhee Choi, Jovencio de la Paz, Modou Dieng, Demian Dinéyazhi', Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Yoshihiro Kitai, James Lavadour, Vanessa Renwick, Yatika Starr Fields, and Marie Watt.

Exhibition Part II: May 8 - August 14, 2021
The second part of this exhibition features 16 works by artists including Natalie Ball, Raven Chacon, Yatika Starr Fields, James Lavadour, Ralph Pugay and Ka'ila Farrell Smith. 

Today, CSIA is perhaps the only professional printmaking studio located on areservation community in the United States. Since opening in 1992, it has emerged as one of the most important printmaking studios in the country, bringing together Native and non-Native artists from around the world to make prints originally under the guidance and direction of master printmaker Frank Janzen and now Judith Baumann. Prints produced at Crow's Shadow can be found in some of the foremost public and private collections in the United States and have been included in exhibitions around the world. 

Financial Support

The exhibition has been supported by funds from an endowment gift from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through its Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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