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

Raven Chacon

Raven Chacon (Navajo Nation) has an extensive resume as an artist, composer, and performer. In his solo compositional work he has collaborated with a diverse range of performance based groups, including Kronos Quartet, the Arizona Opera, and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. From 2007 to 2018 he was a member of Postcommodity, a collaborative arts group known for large scale, multi-media arts installations and performances. Together they produced works such as Repellent Fence and A Very Long Line, exhibiting the results of these projects in venues such as the Whitney Biennial (2017), documenta 14 (2017), the Denver Art Museum, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM. Chacon has an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has served on the Music and Native American Studies faculties at the University of New Mexico.

Funded by the generous support of Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Grant and in collaboration with the Oregon East Symphony (OES), Crow’s Shadow will host Chacon for almost three weeks, January 28th – February 17th. While in studio, Chacon will work with Crow’s Shadow Master Printer Judith Baumann to produce fine art prints based on his unique compositional notations. The results of his printmaking will be on display at the Vert Auditorium on February 16th during the premiere of a new chamber orchestral work commissioned by OES, and then again the following day at Crow’s Shadow February 17th, for a matinee reprisal of his new composition along with members from the Nixya’awii Community School Drum Circle.

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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

17th Feb 2019
Raven Chacon – Artist in Residence Reception and Performance
1st Feb 2019
Lavadour Raffle Winner Announced
25th Jan 2019
Crow’s Shadow at Portland Fine Print Fair – Jan 25-27, 2019
26th Jan 2019
Crow’s Shadow at Portland Fine Print Fair – Jan 25-27, 2019
27th Jan 2019
Crow’s Shadow at Portland Fine Print Fair – Jan 25-27, 2019

Raven Chacon – Artist in Residence Reception and Performance

Sunday, February 17, 1pm – 3pm Artist reception and Chamber Orchestra Performance Open to the public, $10 suggested donation at the door Crow’s Shadow is excited to share the news of our first 2019 Artist-in-Residence, Raven Chacon. Funded by the generous support of Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Grant and in collaboration with the Oregon […]

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Lavadour Raffle Winner Announced

And the winner is…DINAH SINCLAIR of Portland, Oregon! We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who purchased a ticket for this exciting fundraiser.

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Crow’s Shadow at Portland Fine Print Fair – Jan 25-27, 2019

PORTLAND FINE PRINT FAIR @ PORTLAND ART MUSEUM (Mark Building) 1219 SW PARK AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97205 Benefit Preview (click here for ticket info) Friday, January 25, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Free Admission Days Saturday, January 26, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday,  January 27,  11:00 am – 5:00 pm This will be the 6th year […]

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Crow’s Shadow at Portland Fine Print Fair – Jan 25-27, 2019

PORTLAND FINE PRINT FAIR @ PORTLAND ART MUSEUM (Mark Building) 1219 SW PARK AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97205 Benefit Preview (click here for ticket info) Friday, January 25, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Free Admission Days Saturday, January 26, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday,  January 27,  11:00 am – 5:00 pm This will be the 6th year […]

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Crow’s Shadow at Portland Fine Print Fair – Jan 25-27, 2019

PORTLAND FINE PRINT FAIR @ PORTLAND ART MUSEUM (Mark Building) 1219 SW PARK AVE, PORTLAND, OR 97205 Benefit Preview (click here for ticket info) Friday, January 25, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Free Admission Days Saturday, January 26, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday,  January 27,  11:00 am – 5:00 pm This will be the 6th year […]

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Workshops

8th Dec 2018
STAR PILLOW WORKSHOP with Dorothy Cyr
17th Nov 2018
Therapeutic Herbal Workshop
20th Oct 2018
Wicker Basket Weaving Workshop

STAR PILLOW WORKSHOP with Dorothy Cyr

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.

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Therapeutic Herbal Workshop

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.

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Wicker Basket Weaving Workshop

During this two-day workshop participants will go through the full process of weaving a medium-sized willow basket starting with a round base and finishing with a handle. Weavers will walk away from the workshop with a completed willow basket…

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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