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

Vanessa Renwick

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is welcoming Vanessa Renwick to the studio from August 26-September 7. Renwick is a recipient of a 2018 Golden Spot Residency Award at Crow’s Shadow. 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.

 

Vanessa Renwick is primarily known in the Northwest as an avant-garde filmmaker, often working with themes of nature and human interactions with the land. Her work in poetic non-fiction cinema is punctuated by a wry sense of humor exemplified by the name of her production company, the Oregon Department of Kick Ass. Renwick’s work—whether film, installation, show posters, or public interventions—is permeated by her counter-culture punk aesthetic and a sharp cultural critique. She has screened work in a wide array of locations around the world, including: The Museum of Modern Art, Light Industry, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Art Basel, Oberhausen, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Centre Pompidou, The Andy Warhol Museum, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, among numerous others. In 2016 she presented Next Level Fucked Up, an ambitious 7-channel video installation at the Portland Art Museum. Notably, Renwick received a Bonnie Bronson Fellowship in 2014. She is represented in Portland by PDX Contemporary Art.

 

At the end of Renwick’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 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th, with the artist speaking at 5:30 pm.

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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

6th Sep 2018
Artist Talk with Vanessa Renwick
16th Sep 2018
OPEN HOUSE
27th Sep 2018
Gallery Conversation at WSU

Artist Talk with Vanessa Renwick

Thursday September 6, 5:00-7:00 pm PENDLETON — Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is welcoming Vanessa Renwick to the studio from August 26-September 6. Renwick is a recipient of a 2018 Golden Spot Residency Award at Crow’s Shadow. This Artist-in-Residence award allows Oregon-based contemporary artists invited to the studio to work in a new […]

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OPEN HOUSE

Join us at Crow’s Shadow on Sunday, September 16, from 9 am – noon after the Pendleton Round-Up. We’ll be sharing pie and coffee and showing off the gallery and studio. This Open House is the perfect opportunity for visitors from near and far to see what we do.

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Gallery Conversation at WSU

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is hosting a reception & gallery conversation with Dr. Rebecca Dobkins  and artist James Lavadour on Thursday, September 27 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Wright/Harmon and Smith Galleries.  Everyone is welcome! Enjoy a lively dialog about the works in the exhibition Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25. Reception with light refreshments to follow.

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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