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

Avantika Bawa

PENDLETON — Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is welcoming Avantika Bawa to the studio for two weeks in June. Bawa is the first of three 2018 Golden Spot Residency Award winners at Crow’s Shadow this year. This Artist-in-Residence award allows Oregon-based contemporary artists invited to the studio to work in a new medium; it is generously supported by The Ford Family Foundation. Bawa will work at Crow’s Shadow developing limited-edition prints, which will be hand pulled by Crow’s Shadow’s collaborative Master Printer, Judith Baumann. Most artists-in-residence at CSIA create two images for editioning, which is typically completed in the following months. Crow’s Shadow Press specializes in fine art lithography, a labor-intensive printmaking process where each color is created with a different lithography plate, and represents an additional run through a traditional manual press. Depending on the complexity of the image and the number of colors, an edition can take months to complete. Upon completion, the prints will be available for sale and one copy of each edition will enter CSIA’s permanent collection, which is frequently lent to various cultural and learning institutions around the region and nationally. At the end of Bawa’s artist residency the public is invited to Crow’s Shadow for an artist talk and studio visit, which will occur from 5:00-7:00 pm on FRIDAY, JUNE 22nd.

Avantika Bawa splits her time between her hometown of New Delhi, India, and her current home of Portland, Oregon. Bawa’s art practice incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, often with strong architectural elements. Her drawings are often characterized by minimalist forms and subtle interactions between the work and installation space. Bawa has a BFA in painting from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bawa is one of the co-founders of Drain a journal that explores contemporary art primarily through imagery, interviews, and creative writing. She is represented by Gallery Maskara in Mumbai, and Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, and has attended multiple residencies including the McDowell Colony, Djerassi, Kochi Biennial Foundation, and Skowhegan among others. Bawa is a fellowship recipient for the Oregon Arts Commission. In addition to her active art practice she is also a curator and an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University at the Vancouver, WA campus.

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Printmaking

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

22nd Jun 2018
Artist Talk with Avantika Bawa
10th Jul 2018
Summer Apprentice Printer:  JAIME DURHAM
16th Jul 2018
Lecture by Dr. Robin Reisenfeld

Artist Talk with Avantika Bawa

Avantika Bawa Press Release (link to PDF) Artist Talk:  FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm PENDLETON — Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is welcoming Avantika Bawa to the studio for two weeks in June. Bawa is the first of three 2018 Golden Spot Residency Award winners at Crow’s Shadow this year. This […]

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Summer Apprentice Printer:  JAIME DURHAM

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts welcomes Jaime Durham to the studio for the summer as an Apprentice Printer and assistant…

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Lecture by Dr. Robin Reisenfeld

Telling Stories: Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing, lecture by Dr. Robin Reisenfeld, Curator of Works on Paper for the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio). Please join us at Crow’s Shadow on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm for a reception to welcome Dr. Reisenfeld; the lecture will follow at 6:00 pm.

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Workshops

3rd May 2018
PNCA Continuing Education Workshop: Crow’s Shadow Advanced Printmaking Retreat
26th Apr 2018
PNCA Continuing Education Workshop: Crow’s Shadow Printmaking Retreat
14th Apr 2018
RIBBON SKIRT WORKSHOP

PNCA Continuing Education Workshop: Crow’s Shadow Advanced Printmaking Retreat

Specifically designed for advanced printmakers and previous retreat participants, this four day intensive immersion workshop will focus on refinement of technique and image development in the creation of unique monotype and monoprints. Participants will hone control over multiple layer printing, ink transparency and modification, and on-press registration within their own unique aesthetic and printmaking practice.

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PNCA Continuing Education Workshop: Crow’s Shadow Printmaking Retreat

This four day intensive immersion into the art of monotypes and monoprint techniques is a perfect retreat for beginning and intermediate printmaking students. Focusing on the landscape of eastern Oregon, specifically the plateau region, workshop participants will study color theory, hone skills in ink modification and mixing, learn control over ink films, paper properties and proper handling techniques, printing techniques and various registration methods.

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RIBBON SKIRT WORKSHOP

RIBBON SKIRT WORKSHOP with Dorothy Cyr Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:00 am – 4:00 pm             Learn to make a Ribbon Skirt! Join us at Crow’s Shadow for a one-day workshop led by local CTUIR member Dorothy Cyr. All skill levels are welcome to attend, although some basic sewing experience is helpful. Materials will […]

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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