Join us at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem for the opening celebrations of the Crow’s Shadow retrospective exhibition. On Saturday September 23, the Keynote lecture will be given by heather ahtone from 1:00-2:00 pm, followed by a panel discussion on indigenous printmaking from 2:15-3:15 pm.
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts [CSIA] is celebrating its 25th Anniversary throughout 2017, culminating in a major retrospective of its published prints at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon. James Lavadour (Walla Walla) founded Crow’s Shadow on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, where he is an enrolled member of the tribes. Housed in a renovated Catholic mission schoolhouse, the arts center and print studio hosts a myriad of workshops each year, encompassing both traditional Indigenous arts such as basket weaving and beading, and contemporary printmaking. Since 2001, Tamarind Master Printer Frank Janzen has operated the print studio as Crow’s Shadow Press, publishing 6-8 editions each year. Working primarily with Native American artists on an invitational basis, the press has produced works by art world luminaries such as Kay WalkingStick, James Luna, Jeffrey Gibson, Rick Bartow, Edgar Heap of Birds, Marie Watt, Wendy Red Star, and James Lavadour among many others.
Crow’s Shadow mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. It is uniquely situated as one of the only professional print publishers located on an American Indian Reservation, and although it is a short 15-minute drive to the nearest population center of Pendleton, Oregon, it feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. That feeling of isolation and quietude lends certain vibrancy to the prints that come out of its studio. Surrounded by wheat fields and cattle grazing lands, the solitude of a residency at CSIA is one of introspection and artistic discovery. The published prints are a testament to Frank Janzen’s expertise and ability to collaborate with the artists on a deeply personal level.
“Crow’s Shadow at 25” will open at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art on September 16th, 2017 and run through December 22nd. It will travel to the Whatcom Museum of Art in Bellingham, Washington in the spring of 2018 and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington at the end of 2018. The exhibit will be accompanied by a major publication distributed by the University of Washington Press.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State Street
Salem, OR 97301