Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.

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The Gallery

Our online gallery features works from over 50 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

John Hitchcock

John Hitchcock is an Artist and Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hitchcock uses the print medium with its long history of commenting on social and political issues to explore his relationships to community, land, and culture. Hitchcock’s artwork consists of abstract representations, mythological hybrid creatures (buffalo, Owl, horse, deer) and military weaponry (tanks, bombs and helicopters). His artworks are based on his childhood memories and stories of growing up in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma on Comanche Tribal lands next to the US field artillery military base Ft Sill.  Many of the images are interpretations of stories told by his Kiowa/Comanche grandparents and abstract representations influenced by beadwork, land, and culture.

Hitchcock has been the recipient of The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant, New York; Jerome Foundation Grant, Minnesota; the Creative Arts Award, Emily Mead Baldwin Award in the Creative Arts and the Kellett Mid-Career Award at the University of Wisconsin. Hitchcock’s artwork has been exhibited at numerous venues including the International Print Center New York, New York; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Museum of Wisconsin Arts, West Bend, Wisconsin; The Rauschenberg Project Space, New York, New York; “Air, Land, Seed” on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 54th International Art at the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy. Solo exhibition includes the American Culture Center in Shanghai, Shanghai, China; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana; Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota, The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; American Indian Community House Gallery, New York, New York; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

 

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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

10th Jun 2021
John Hitchcock, Artist-in-Residence Virtual Event
8th Mar 2021
Welcome Sequoia Conner!
21st Oct 2020
Wendy Red Star Event Video

John Hitchcock, Artist-in-Residence Virtual Event

Thursday, June 10th, 4pm Join Crow’s Shadow in welcoming John Hitchcock to our studio. We will discuss his process and experience at Crow’s Shadow, and get a sneak-peak at his current prints in progress. A short Q&A will follow the discussion. Register via zoom here to join

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Welcome Sequoia Conner!

Crow’s Shadow is pleased to announce the arrival of a new staff member, Sequoia Conner of Pendleton, Oregon, as our Traditional Arts Coordinator. Conner previously joined our team as an intern in the fall of 2019. She is active in the community, an avid bead worker, and has great plans for expanding the Traditional Arts program

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Wendy Red Star Event Video

In this live streaming Zoom event, we spoke with Wendy about her process, research, how she works at Crow’s Shadow, and took questions from the live audience. Everyone also got a peek inside the studio, showing one of her gorgeous litho proofs in process. ⁠

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Workshops

19th Sep 2020
Workshop: Cree-style Drum Making with Charles Wood III

Workshop: Cree-style Drum Making with Charles Wood III

Please note this class has been moved from September 12th to the 19th due to the air quality.

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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