Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the foothills of Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Crow’s Shadow is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization formed in 1992 by local artists James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce). From 2001-2017 Frank Janzen was Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts' Master Printer, and his hiring initiated the more focused print publication and artist residency components at Crow’s Shadow, which continue to this day. In 2017 Judith Baumann joined Crow’s Shadow as the new Master Printer. Our mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. In 2017, Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts celebrated the 25 Anniversary of the organization’s founding, with an exhibition curated by Dr. Rebecca Dobkins (Willamette University and Hallie Ford Museum of Art) and an accompanying publication. Over the last 26 years Crow’s Shadow has evolved into a world-class studio focused on contemporary fine art printmaking.
Works published by Crow’s Shadow Press can be found in major collections including: Library of Congress, Musuem of Fine Arts Boston, Portland Art Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Wellin Museum of Art, Davis Museum at Wellesley, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
“Each print represents a triple threat of aesthetic and technical excellence combined with compelling subject matter. Crow’s Shadow Institute fosters work by Native American artists and this infusion also helps build our growing holdings of works on paper by Indigenous artists.”
-Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints at the Library of Congress, discussing the 2015 purchase of 18 CSI prints for the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress
Exhibition Featured Artists:
Samantha Wall, Rick Bartow (Wiyot), Pat Boas, Wendy Red Star (Crow/Apsalooké), Sara Siestreem, Avantika Bawa, Wuon Gean Ho, Yoonhee Choi, Yoshihiro Kitai, Jim Denomie, Modou Dieng, and Demian DinéYazhi' (Diné)