Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.

Since 1992 we've focused on using art as a transformative tool within the Native American community.

Recognizing creativity as an intrinsic and essential element of Native American culture, we are committed to helping people, young and old, develop their artistic gifts and skills.

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Our online gallery features works from over 45 of our past artists-in-residence. Explore and discover new works that you can order online.

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“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

Ryan Pierce

On October 17 Crow’s Shadow welcomed our latest Artist-in-Residence (AiR), Ryan Pierce, to the printmaking studio. Pierce is our final 2016 “Golden Spot” Residency Awardee for Oregon-based artists, a program generously funded by The Ford Family Foundation. Pierce will spend two weeks working with Master Printer, Frank Janzen (TMP), to develop a series of limited-edition prints. The final prints will enter the Crow’s Shadow permanent collection and be available for sale. In previous years prints from the Golden Spot residencies have traveled extensively to galleries and cultural institutions around the region and nationally.

Ryan Pierce is one of the founding members of Signal Fire, a wilderness residency program based in Oregon. Pierce’s paintings draw on his intense interest in ecology and natural systems. Often working on large-scale canvases his subjects allude to mythologies, or suggest narrative through taxonomical arrangements. He has attended residencies from regional centers such as Caldera in Sisters, Oregon; Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in Cascade Head, Oregon; and as far-flung as Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway. His work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions; he is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Pierce’s 2016 residency at Crow’s Shadow will mark his first time working in our studios.


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At Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, our primary artistic focus is on the multifaceted medium of printmaking. Through our ongoing residency program Crow’s Shadow works with emerging and established artists of diverse media and artistic backgrounds. Invited artists collaborate with a Tamarind Master Printer with the goal of creating one or more lithographic editions.

“Landscape painting affords me a wealth of tradition and influence, and provides a platform that seems familiar and recognizable. 19th century romanticism, Japanese woodblock prints, and Abstract expressionism all factor into my works vocabulary.” 

-Adam Sorensen, 2014 residency

News & Events

November 25, 2016
Ryan Pierce’s new prints are now online!
Jan 27, 2017
Portland Fine Print Fair 2017

Ryan Pierce’s new prints are now online!

Painter Ryan Pierce arrived at Crow’s Shadow in mid-October and immediately got busy in the studio making complex and beautiful drawings for lithography plates. Working closely with CSIA’s collaborative Master Printer, Frank Janzen, Pierce developed a series of three multi-color lithograph proofs. Over the next couple of months, Frank will be hand-pulling the prints in […]

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Portland Fine Print Fair 2017

Crow’s Shadow will be at the Portland Fine Print Fair (PFPF) January 27th–29th in the Mark Building (Fields Ballroom) at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon. Details from the PFPF website: It is with great pleasure that we announce the 4th Portland Fine Print Fair to be hosted by the Portland Art Museum in the historic […]

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Nov 28, 2016
Loom Beading Workshop with Michael Ray Johnson
Jun 26, 2017
Pre-Registration NOW OPEN for Navajo Weaving Workshop JUNE 26-30, 2017

Loom Beading Workshop with Michael Ray Johnson

Learn how to do Loom Beading with Michael Ray Johnson at Crow’s Shadow. This workshop is on Monday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 30th, from 5:00-7:30 pm each night. Begin your project with expert guidance on Monday, have Tuesday to continue working on your own, and return on Wednesday to learn how to finish your […]

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Pre-Registration NOW OPEN for Navajo Weaving Workshop JUNE 26-30, 2017

ANITA HATHALE Navajo Weaving Workshop SAVE THE DATE! 5-DAY WORKSHOP WITH NAVAJO MASTER WEAVER June 26-30, 2017 M-F 9:00 – 4:00 each day For the last week of June 2017 Navajo Master Weaver Anita Hathale will join us at Crow’s Shadow to lead a week-long weaving workshop. Participants will each receive a hand-made loom to […]

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“...My life has been radically shaped by a web of connections, friendships, and associations in which Crow’s Shadow Institute is the epicenter. I will take any chance I get to talk about the wonders of Crow’s Shadow, as I think it might have a similarly profound effect on others.”

-Marie Watt, multiple residencies, discussing the 2014 exhibition Articulations in Print: Prints from the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, IAIA in Santa Fe