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.

The Gallery

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

Marwin Begaye

Marwin Begaye (Navajo/Diné) is an accomplished painter and printmaker, particularly known for his highly detailed linocut and woodblock carving. His imagery often combines figurative elements related to his cultural identity, along with ornately patterned backgrounds inspired by weaving designs. Begaye deploys humor and sharp-edged wit in some of his images that critique corporate advertising and “culture jamming”—when advertisers bombard the public with pop-culture messaging regardless of negative effects on people. Begaye is especially deft at indicating issues that affect Native people.

Begaye is an Associate Professor of Painting and Printmaking at the University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK). He has an MFA in Printmaking and a BFA in Painting, both from the University of Oklahoma, and also holds Associates degrees from the Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM) and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (PA). Begaye’s work has been exhibited extensively around the nation, as well as many international venues including shows in Argentina, Australia, China, Estonia, Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, and Russia. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition Visual Arts Fellowship in 2007, a Red Earth award in 2009, and earlier in 2018 was a guest Artist-in-Residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM, and a visiting guest artist at Goldsmith’s College in London, UK. This will be Begaye’s first time working at Crow’s Shadow Press.

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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

19th May 2018
Crow’s Shadow 25th Anniversary Retrospective at the Whatcom Museum
25th May 2018
Nixyaawii Student Show
31st May 2018
Artist Talk with Marwin Begaye

Crow’s Shadow 25th Anniversary Retrospective at the Whatcom Museum

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25, the anniversary retrospective exhibition, is traveling to several locations around the northwest.

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Nixyaawii Student Show

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is pleased to present Nixya’awii Community School Student Print Exhibition. This exhibition will showcase the prints produced by a select group of students from the Nixya’awii Community School. The exhibiting printmaking students are: Ermia Butler, Dancing Star Leighton, EllaMae Looney, Cloe McMichael, Kylie Mountainchief, and Tyanna Van Pelt.

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Artist Talk with Marwin Begaye

The public is invited to Crow’s Shadow to meet Marwin Begaye for an artist talk and studio visit, which will occur from 5:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, May 31st. Begaye is the first Artist-in-Residence for Crow’s Shadow’s 2018 print residency season.

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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