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

Joe Cantrell

Joe Cantrell visited Crow’s Shadow in November of 2016 as the final Artist-in-Residence for the year. He worked closely with Master Printer Frank Janzen to develop a set of 4 diptychs based on his photographic practice. Cantrell utilizes extremely close-up macro images to reveal forms inside of rocks and fossils. Adapting spy satellite imaging software for artistic purposes, Cantrell also photographs rocks and pictograms in the Columbia River Gorge, often revealing remarkable things that the naked eye cannot see. The litho proofs that he has developed with Frank Janzen’s expertise are studies of texture and forms both otherworldly and very much of this earth, stating “these images show how interconnected we are; we are all the same stardust”. Frank is currently publishing all of Joe’s editions and we are hoping to have them ready for release by the first week of March, 2017.

Cantrell is Cherokee, originally from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and has made his home in Oregon for the last 30 years. Cantrell did two Navy tours in Vietnam, during his second tour he was a diving officer in the Mekong Delta. He stayed in Southeast Asia another 15 years, working primarily as a photojournalist until 1986. Among Cantrell’s multiple careers, he has taught at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is now happily retired and making more artwork than ever.

 

2/13/2017 Joe’s prints are currently being worked on in our studio, please check back for updates and images of the works. We are having an Artist Talk and Print Release Party with Joe Cantrell on March 10th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Link to Press Release.

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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

10th Feb 2017
Announcing Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency Award Winners
10th Mar 2017
Joe Cantrell Artist Talk
1st Mar 2017
Central Oregon Artists Fellowship at Crow’s Shadow
24th Jan 2017
Crow’s Shadow Featured In February Issue Of Portland Monthly Magazine

Announcing Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency Award Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2017 Contact: Nika Blasser, Marketing Director 541-276-3954 | nika@crowsshadow.org Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency Award Winners Crow’s Shadow is excited to share the news of our 2017 Golden Spot residency award recipients: Demian DinéYazhi’, Modou Dieng, and Marie Watt. Funded by the generous support of The Ford Family Foundation, […]

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Joe Cantrell Artist Talk

Artist-in-Residence:  JOE CANTRELL Artist Talk & Print Release Party Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm   Joe Cantrell spent time at Crow’s Shadow in November of 2016 as the final Artist-in-Residence for the year. He worked closely with Master Printer Frank Janzen to develop a set of 4 diptychs based on his photographic […]

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Central Oregon Artists Fellowship at Crow’s Shadow

Open to any professional artist currently residing in Deschutes, Jefferson, or Crook County, Oregon. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017 Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts has partnered with the Roundhouse Foundation of Sisters, Oregon to offer a unique opportunity to two artists in Central Oregon. Each of the selected participants will be awarded […]

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Crow’s Shadow Featured In February Issue Of Portland Monthly Magazine

A few months back Portland Monthly writer Fiona McCann visited the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) studio and gallery to see the space in person and interview the staff. CSIA was founded in February 1992 by local artists James Lavadour (Chinook and Walla Walla), Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce), and several artist […]

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Workshops

26th Jun 2017
Pre-Registration NOW OPEN for Navajo Weaving Workshop JUNE 26-30, 2017
28th Nov 2016
Loom Beading Workshop with Michael Ray Johnson

Pre-Registration NOW OPEN for Navajo Weaving Workshop JUNE 26-30, 2017

ANITA HATHALE Navajo Weaving Workshop SAVE THE DATE! 5-DAY WORKSHOP WITH NAVAJO MASTER WEAVER June 26-30, 2017 M-F 9:00 – 4:00 each day For the last week of June 2017 Navajo Master Weaver Anita Hathale will join us at Crow’s Shadow to lead a week-long weaving workshop. Participants will each receive a hand-made loom to […]

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Loom Beading Workshop with Michael Ray Johnson

Learn how to do Loom Beading with Michael Ray Johnson at Crow’s Shadow. This workshop is on Monday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 30th, from 5:00-7:30 pm each night. Begin your project with expert guidance on Monday, have Tuesday to continue working on your own, and return on Wednesday to learn how to finish your […]

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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