Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial: Part I
February 18 – April 24, 2021
Print Study Center
Due to COVID-19 exhibition dates may change
Exhibition Part I: start date to be determined, ends April 24, 2021
Exhibition Part II: tentatively scheduled May 8 - August 14, 2021
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.
Part I of this exhibition features 19 prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive and focuses on themes of landscape, abstraction, portraiture, word and images, and media and process. Included in the exhibition are works by 13 Native and non-Native artists who have worked at CSIA, 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.
Today, CSIA is perhaps the only professional printmaking studio located on a reservation community in the United States. Since opening in 1992, it has emerged as one of the most important printmaking studio 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.
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.