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.

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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

Marie Watt

In late 2017, Marie Watt returned to Crow’s Shadow for her fifth Artist-in-Residence stint in our studios. This trip was special, as it coincided with the retirement of Crow’s Shadow’s long time Master Printer, Frank Janzen. Together with Frank for the final time in the CSIA print studio, the pair collaborated on what will be a new body of work for Marie. The result will be two, 4-color woodcut editions available in early to mid-January. Look for updates on our website, soon.

Marie Watt (b. 1967) is an American artist. Her work draws from history, biography, Iroquois protofeminism, and Indigenous principles, and addresses the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory.

Blankets, one of her primary materials, are everyday objects that can carry extraordinary histories of use. In her tribe (Ms. Watt is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians) and other Indigenous communities, blankets are given away to honor those who are witness to important life events.

In working with blankets, her process is both solitary and collaborative. Small works are personal meditations. Larger works are made in community, notably in “sewing circles,” public events by which anyone with time and interest can participate, and in which the fellowship and storytelling around the table can be more important than the resulting object. She uses materials that are conceptually attached to narrative: in particular, exploring the stories connected with commonplace woolen blankets, cedar, and iron.

Ms. Watt holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University, attended Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and in 2016 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Willamette University. Among other residencies, she has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and received fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation.

Selected collections include the National Gallery of Canada, The Smithsonian institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and Renwick Gallery, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Facebook, The Seattle Art Museum, and The United States Library of Congress.

In 2015 she exhibited in the Unsuspected Possibilities show curated by Janet Dees at SITE Santa Fe, and in 2016 was commissioned by the United States State Department’s Art in Embassies program to build a 36’ tall sculpture to be permanently installed in the newly expanded US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Ms. Watt lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the graphic designer Adam McIsaac, and her daughters, Maxine and Evelyn. She exhibits internationally, and is represented in Portland by PDX Contemporary Art, and in Seattle by Greg Kucera Gallery.

Watt’s first involvement with Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts was as a participant in the symposium “Conduit to the Mainstream” held at CSIA in 2001. This symposium marked the beginning of Master Printer Frank Janzen’s time at Crow’s Shadow and brought together an impressive group of indigenous artists and curators, including: James Luna, Kay Walking Stick, Truman Lowe, Joe Fedderson, and Edgar Heap-of-Birds, among others. Since then Watt has done four print residencies at CSIA, in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011, and she is returning in 2017 for a final residency with CSIA Master Printer, Frank Janzen, prior to his retirement at the end of next year.

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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

29th Jan 2018
Panel Discussion: Prints from Crow’s Shadow Press at George Fox University
27th Jan 2018
Portland Fine Print Fair 2018
26th Jan 2018
Portland Fine Print Fair 2018 – Opening Preview Reception

Panel Discussion: Prints from Crow’s Shadow Press at George Fox University

The staff of Crow’s Shadow: Executive Director Karl Davis, Master Printer Judith Baumann, and Marketing Director Nika Blasser; will participate in a panel discussion at George Fox University. Prints from Crow’s Shadow Press will be exhibited at the Minthorne Gallery on the George Fox University campus from January 22 through February 15, 2018.

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Portland Fine Print Fair 2018

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 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Free Admission Days Saturday, January 27, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday, January 28, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm   This will be the […]

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Portland Fine Print Fair 2018 – Opening Preview Reception

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 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm Free Admission Days Saturday, January 27, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday,  January 28,  11:00 am – 5:00 pm   This will be the 5th […]

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Workshops

18th Nov 2017
STAR PILLOW WORKSHOP
11th Nov 2017
RELIEF PRINTING WORKSHOP
12th Nov 2017
RELIEF PRINTING WORKSHOP

STAR PILLOW WORKSHOP

STAR PILLOW WORKSHOP with Dorothy Cyr. Learn to quilt a Star Pillow!

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RELIEF PRINTING WORKSHOP

RELIEF PRINTING WORKSHOP with Judith Baumann, Master Printer. Over the course of two days, workshop participants will learn to carve, register, and print a unique two-layer linoleum relief print!

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RELIEF PRINTING WORKSHOP

RELIEF PRINTING WORKSHOP with Judith Baumann, Master Printer. Over the course of two days, workshop participants will learn to carve, register, and print a unique two-layer linoleum relief print!

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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