Artist Portfolio-Crow’s Shadow Institute

Join us in the Hoffman Gallery for our August show featuring work from the Crow’s Shadow Institute and collaborative work by Joe Robinson and Aubrey Sloan.

For inquiries or availability of the pieces shown below, please email the [email protected].

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Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts [CSIA] was founded in 1992 by the painter, James Lavadour on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

First envisioned as a center for local and regional Native and Indigenous artists to gain professional development opportunities and a space to continue creating art beyond their academic years, it has since grown into a leading fine-art, lithographic print studio serving not just local, but national and international artists from all walks of life through its artists-in-residence program.

The residency program itself is small; only 3-6 artists per year are invited for two-week residencies. Each artist works closely with the Master Printer, Judith Baumann, to produce between 2-3 editions and/or a series of monotypes or monoprints. The artists range from painters and printmakers to sculptors, filmmakers, and even fiber artists. They are responsible for the creative output while the Master Printer and her assistants direct all technical aspects of the process. Once the residency is complete and the artists have departed, the Master Printer then works to publish the prints in limited editions; most number between 12-18 prints. One print of each edition is added to the CSIA Permanent Collection, one is archived at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, OR, and the remainder are made available for sale to individual collectors, museums and academic institutions. Works from the Crow’s Shadow Press have found their way into places such as the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian; the United States Library of Congress, the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

It is a humble Institution—the only one of its kind on a Native American Reservation in the United States—but its reach is wide and its impact immeasurable.

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