Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the foothills of Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Crow’s Shadow is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization formed in 1992 by local artists James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce). Our mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Over the last 25 years Crow’s Shadow has evolved into a world-class studio focused on contemporary fine art printmaking.
Crow’s Shadow has grown in both art world stature and programmatic vision, expanding its locally based, service-oriented mission to its current iteration, national in scope. The print studio hosts three to six artists annually for two-week residencies. Each artist works with Master Printer Frank Janzen to produce a lithographic edition or a series of monoprints or monotypes. Marketing these works and retaining one example from each edition or series, CSIA now boasts over two hundred prints by more than forty-five artist-residents in its permanent collection. Further, since 2006, Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art at in Salem, Oregon has presented biennial exhibitions of prints from Crow’s Shadow, and since 2010 maintains a comprehensive, permanent archive of Crow’s Shadow publications. This partnership with the Hallie Ford facilitates scholarly access to the collection both through their collections database online, as well as to museum visitors who can view CSIA prints in person in the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery.