Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.
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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“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.”
In late 2017, Marie Watt returned to Crow’s Shadow for her fifth Artist-in-Residence stint in our studios. This trip was special, as it coincided with the retirement of Crow’s Shadow’s long time Master Printer, Frank Janzen. Together with Frank for the final time in the CSIA print studio, the pair collaborated on what will be a new body of work for Marie. The result will be two, 4-color woodcut editions available in early to mid-January. Look for updates on our website, soon.
Marie Watt (b. 1967) is an American artist. Her work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous principles, and addresses the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory.
Blankets, one of her primary materials, are everyday objects that can carry extraordinary histories of use. In her tribe (Ms. Watt is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians) and other Indigenous communities, blankets are given away to honor those who are witness to important life events.
In working with blankets, her process is both solitary and collaborative. Small works are personal meditations. Larger works are made in community, notably in “sewing circles,” public events by which anyone with time and interest can participate, and in which the fellowship and storytelling around the table can be more important than the resulting object. She uses materials that are conceptually attached to narrative: in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets, cedar, and iron.
Ms. Watt holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University, attended Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and in 2016 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Willamette University. Among other residencies, she has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and received fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation.
Selected collections include the National Gallery of Canada, The Smithsonian institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Renwick Gallery, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Facebook, The Seattle Art Museum, and The United States Library of Congress.
In 2015 she exhibited in the Unsuspected Possibilities show curated by Janet Dees at SITE Santa Fe, and in 2016 was commissioned by the United States State Department’s Art in Embassies program to build a 36’ tall sculpture to be permanently installed in the newly expanded US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Ms. Watt lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the graphic designer Adam McIsaac, and her daughters, Maxine and Evelyn. She exhibits internationally, and is represented in Portland by PDX Contemporary Art, and in Seattle by Greg Kucera Gallery.
Watt’s first involvement with Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts was as a participant in the symposium “Conduit to the Mainstream” held at CSIA in 2001. This symposium marked the beginning of Master Printer Frank Janzen’s time at Crow’s Shadow and brought together an impressive group of indigenous artists and curators, including: James Luna, Kay Walking Stick, Truman Lowe, Joe Fedderson, and Edgar Heap-of-Birds, among others. Since then Watt has done four print residencies at CSIA, in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011, and she is returning in 2017 for a final residency with CSIA Master Printer, Frank Janzen, prior to his retirement at the end of next year.Explore Marie Watt's Work
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.”
Crow’s Shadow is excited to share the news of our 2018 Golden Spot residency award recipients: Avantika Bawa, Vanessa Renwick, and Ka’ila Farrell-Smith. Funded by the generous support of The Ford Family Foundation, the annual Golden Spot Awards began at Crow’s Shadow in 2010 to support regional artist residencies. Each of these Oregon-based artists […]See Event Details
Marie Watt produced two images during her residency at Crow’s Shadow in the late fall of 2017. Her works were signed and finalized just in time for the 2018 Portland Fine Print Fair at the end of January. Watt’s newest woodcuts incorporate imagery related to Romulus and Remus’ wolf mother, with an abstraction of the she wolf’s tongue lolling across […]See Event Details
The staff of Crow’s Shadow: Executive Director Karl Davis, Master Printer Judith Baumann, and Marketing Director Nika Blasser; will participate in a panel discussion at George Fox University. Prints from Crow’s Shadow Press will be exhibited at the Minthorne Gallery on the George Fox University campus from January 22 through February 15, 2018.See Event Details
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 […]See Event Details
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.See Event Details
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.See Event Details
STAR PILLOW WORKSHOP with Dorothy Cyr. Learn to quilt a Star Pillow!See Event Details
“...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.”