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.
Our online gallery features works from over 45 of our past artists-in-residence. Explore and discover new works that you can order online.Discover Our Gallery
“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.”
Yatika Starr Fields (Osage, Cherokee, and Creek) is a painter known for his vibrant, large-scale murals saturated in pop-art colors along with graffiti style mark making. His painted canvases usually feature explosive all-over compositions, moving the viewer’s eye through swirling colors and dynamic patterns. Often working at a large scale, his oil paintings range from pure abstraction, to images with abstract components interlaced with symbolic narrative elements, and into figurative representative painting. In 2016 Fields joined the water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota to protest the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on sacred land. Many of his subsequent paintings have addressed the struggle and hope that permeates the complexities of Indigenous Survivance.
Fields was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to parents who were both practicing artists. His mother is a ceramicist and his father is a photographer. From an early age Fields was exposed to a great deal of art. As a youth he entered work into the Red Earth arts festival in Oklahoma City, and by high school he had his own painting studio which he funded by working at a restaurant. After high school, Fields attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and went to Sienna, Italy to study Landscape Painting. In 2001 he moved east to pursue a degree in Painting at the Art Institute of Boston (2004). In 2009-10 he was a fellowship recipient for the Urban Artist Initiative in New York City. He received a “Native Creative Development Grant” in 2015 from Evergreen State College, and in 2017 was the recipient of Tulsa Artist Fellowship, in Tulsa OK, where he currently lives.Explore Yatika Fields'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.”
MONOTHON 2019 will culminate in a gala celebration with an art auction of the prints created during the Monothon Invitational Printing Week. This event will be an extraordinary evening of art, wine, and food, all in support of Crow’s Shadow’s ongoing programming and projects. The gala will be hosted at the beautiful Foundry Vineyards Gallery in Walla Walla, WA. Please join us for this special benefit for Crow’s Shadow!See Event Details
After a four year hiatus, Crow’s Shadow is reintroducing a new and improved version of the popular Monothon fundraising event. Monothon 2019 will be a week of monotype printmaking with invited artists coming from around the Pacific Northwest to make prints in the Crow’s Shadow studio, just outside Pendleton. The week will culminate in a gala celebration with an auction of the resulting prints, hosted at the Foundry Vineyards Gallery in Walla Walla.See Event Details
Crow’s Shadow featured in the New York Times! Writer Alex V. Cipolle’s article on Crow’s Shadow, “Increasing Exposure for Native Artists” came out in The New York Times yesterday (online) and will be in Friday’s hard copy of the paper. Click through to read the full story.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.See Event Details
Learn to quilt a Star Pillow! Join us at Crow’s Shadow for a one-day workshop led by local CTUIR member Dorothy Cyr. Lunch and materials provided $10.See Event Details
During this two-day workshop participants will be led through making several herbal infusions, including salve, body butter, and honey. Workshop is offered to Tribal Members only, Nov 17 and 18, 2018. Materials and lunch provided. $20 suggested donation to Crow’s Shadow.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.”