Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.
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.
Our online gallery features works from over 45 of our past artists-in-residence. Explore and discover new works that you can order online.Discover Our Gallery
“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.”
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.
Update 3/10/17: Joe’s prints are now finished! Follow this link to his print gallery page and see the amazing work that he produced while at Crow’s Shadow.Explore Joe Cantrell's Work
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.”
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 […]See Event Details
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2017 Contact: Nika Blasser, Marketing Director 541-276-3954 | firstname.lastname@example.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, […]See Event Details
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 […]See Event Details
Cornhusk Twining/Weaving Workshop with Master Weaver MICHAEL RAY JOHNSON April 14 – 18, 2017 Join us at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts from Friday, April 14th through Tuesday, April 18th for a Cornhusk Weaving Workshop with local Master Weaver, Michael Ray Johnson. This workshop is organized by The Evergreen State College’s Northwest Heritage Program […]See Event Details
Update 3/16/2017: Thanks to a very enthusiastic response to this offering the class registration is currently FULL, but we can add you to the waitlist. Also, for first notification of events and offerings at Crow’s Shadow be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter here. ANITA HATHALE Navajo Weaving Workshop 5-DAY WORKSHOP WITH NAVAJO MASTER […]See Event Details
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 […]See Event Details
“...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.”