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

Brenda Mallory

Crow’s Shadow is happy to welcome Brenda Mallory (Cherokee Nation) to our studio for the first two weeks of May. Mallory is our first Artist-in-Residence (AiR) of the year, and kicks off our 2016 printing program. She brought an array of interesting materials and dove straight into wonderful textural explorations in the print studio. We are looking forward to the upcoming prints! Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.

 

Mallory is primarily known as a sculpture and installation artist, mining natural materials and mimicking organic processes with her generative installations. Texture and repeated rhythmic forms are instrumental to Mallory’s abstract compositions. A long-time Portland resident, Mallory’s artwork has recently begun to garner more national attention, particularly as a recipient of a prestigious 2015 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship in Indianapolis. There is also great video by Oregon Art Beat about her work & process here, Art Beat: Brenda Mallory. Mallory has attended multiple residencies, including a 2013 Residency in Sculpture at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, and a 2015 GLEAN Residency in Portland, Oregon. She is represented by Butters Gallery in Portland, by Julie Nester Gallery in Park City (UT), and by Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Seattle. Mallory’s 2016 Golden Spot Residency is her first time working at Crow’s Shadow.

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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

June 14, 2016
Rick Bartow Memorial Endowment Fund Established
Jun 25, 2016
Photolithography Printmaking Workshop with Frank Janzen

Rick Bartow Memorial Endowment Fund Established

We had a tremendous board meeting this past weekend (June 11), and Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts has several major (and very exciting) projects in the works. We are officially establishing THE RICK BARTOW MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND to support indigenous printmaking residencies at CSIA! Rick Bartow wished for proceeds from the sale of his […]

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Photolithography Printmaking Workshop with Frank Janzen

Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, 9am-5pm both days. This two-day workshop is an introduction to metal plate photolithography. Participants do not need any previous printmaking experience, only a desire to experiment. They will be taken through the simple step-by-step process to print a small edition. Particular emphasis will be placed on various drawing […]

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Workshops

Jun 25, 2016
Photolithography Printmaking Workshop with Frank Janzen
May 28, 2016
Printmaking 101: Monotypes with the Josephy Center for Arts & Culture

Photolithography Printmaking Workshop with Frank Janzen

Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26, 9am-5pm both days. This two-day workshop is an introduction to metal plate photolithography. Participants do not need any previous printmaking experience, only a desire to experiment. They will be taken through the simple step-by-step process to print a small edition. Particular emphasis will be placed on various drawing […]

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Printmaking 101: Monotypes with the Josephy Center for Arts & Culture

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is holding a monotype printmaking workshop at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on May 28. Frank Janzen will lead the class; no experience is necessary. Check out their event invite on facebook and you can register on the Josephy website. From the Josephy website “May 28th the […]

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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