Crow’s Shadow 25th Anniversary Celebrations @ Hallie Ford Museum

CSIA at 25 Press Release from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Exhibition Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts

Organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA), a new exhibition chronicles the history of Crow’s Shadow over the past 25 years as it has emerged as an important printmaking studio located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon.

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25” features 75 prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive and focuses on themes of landscape, abstraction, portraiture, word and images, and media and process. Included in the exhibition are works by 50 Native and non-Native artists who have worked at CSIA, including Rick Bartow, Pat Boas, Joe Feddersen, Edgar Heap of Birds, James Lavadour, Truman Lowe, Lillian Pitt, Wendy Red Star, Storm Tharp, and Marie Watt, among others.

CSIA was founded by Oregon painter and printmaker James Lavadour (Walla Walla), who envisioned a traditional arts studio focused on printmaking.

Art historian Prudence Roberts says of Lavadour, “He wanted to contribute to the Tribes’ new sense of direction and self-sufficiency, and also to give emerging artists opportunities and a sense of community that had eluded him as he taught himself his craft.”

Today, CSIA is the only professional printmaking studio located on a reservation community in the United States. Since opening in 1992, it has emerged as one of the most important printmaking studios in the country, bringing together Native and non-Native artists from around the world to make prints under the guidance and direction of master printmaker Frank Janzen. Prints produced at Crow’s Shadow can be found in some of the foremost public and private collections in the United States and have been included in exhibitions around the world. 

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Events

The exhibition will be accompanied by a wide range of events including several lectures, a panel discussion about CSIA, docent guided tours, an Evening for Educators, a Family Activity Day, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art Fall Artist Lecture featuring Portland, Oregon, Native American artist Wendy Red Star. Click here to see full event listings

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Crow’s Shadow Book cover (front & back) available starting September 16, 2017

Publication

In addition to the prints on display, a full-color hard cover book accompanies the exhibition with essays by Prudence Roberts on the history of Crow’s Shadow, and heather ahtone and Rebecca Dobkins on the history of indigenous printmaking in North America. The book retails for $34.95.

Once the exhibition closes in Salem, Oregon, it will travel to the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington during the summer of 2018 and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University in Pullman that fall.

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Financial Support

Financial support for the exhibition and book has been provided by a major grant from the Ford Family Foundation. Additional financial support was provided by a grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; by funds from an endowment gift from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through their Spirit Mountain Community Fund; and by general operating support grants from the City of Salem’s Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.


RELATED EVENTS – AT THE HALLIE FORD MUSEUM OF ART

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Hallie Ford Museum Members Gala Reception
Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Members and invited guests only
Cost
Museum Members and Invited Guests: complimentary
New Members: are welcome to join at the event or online
RSVP ONLINE BY SEPTEMBER 19
Or by phone at 503-370-6855 or by email at museum-art@willamette.edu
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Lecture
Mapping the Matrix
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heather ahtone (Choctaw/Chickasaw)
James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public
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Panel Discussion
The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25
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Moderator: Rebecca Dobkins
Panelists: Karl Davis, Frank Janzen, James Lavadour, and Marie Watt
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:15 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public
More Information
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Tuesday Gallery Talks
Join docents at the museum for a guided tour of the exhibition. Tours commence at 12:30 p.m. in the Maribeth Collins Lobby at the museum.
Free and open to the public
  • September 19: led by Leslie Whitaker
  • September 26: led by Carol Strauch
  • October 3: led by Sharon Rose
  • October 10: led by June Scott Brothers
  • October 17: leb by Sue Dauer
  • October 24: led by Sally Resis
  • October 31: led by Dina Triest
  • November 7: led by Suresht Bald
  • November 14: led by Joel Nickel
  • November 28: led by Linda Rindy
  • December 12: led by Kay Reichlin
  • December 19: TBA
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Family Activity Day and Dance Performance
Saturday, October 7, 2017, Noon – 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Find inspiration in the museum’s current exhibition “Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25″ and then join Elizabeth Garrison (the Cameron Paulin Curator of Education) and local artist Sonia Allen for print-making activities in the Maribeth Collins Lobby. At 1 p.m. a dance performance with the Chemawa Indian School Dancers will be held in the Atrium Gallery.
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Lecture
Invisible Structures

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Damien Gilley
Multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and 2013 CSIA artist in residence
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Cosponsored with the Salem Public Arts Commission
Free and open to the public
More Information
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Member Appreciation Evening Reception
Thursday, November 15, 2017, 5-7 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Members and invited guests only
Cost
Museum Members and Invited Guests: complimentary
New Members: are welcome to join at the event or online
RSVP ONLINE
Or by phone at 503-370-6855 or by email at museum-art@willamette.edu
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Fall Artist Lecture
Intergenerational collaboration through an Apsáalooke feminist lens
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Wendy Red Star
Native American multimedia artist, Portland, Oregon
Thursday, November 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University
Free and open to the public
More Information
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About the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University

Oregon’s third largest art museum features works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists, and includes a diverse collection of traditional European, American and Asian art, as well as artifacts that date from antiquity. Frequently changing exhibitions include lectures, special events, tours, artist demonstrations and educational opportunities for children and adults.
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