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

Since 1992 we've focused on using art as a transformative tool within the Native American community.

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.

The Gallery

Our online gallery features works from over 45 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

Natalie Ball

Natalie Ball (Klamath Modoc) is a multidisciplinary installation artist who works from her ancestral homelands in the rural community of Chiloquin, OR (Klamath County). As a young woman, she learned quilt making from her aunt, which has fueled a continual practice of challenging assumptions regarding materials, including the loaded politics and power of matrilineal craft. Often mining found objects for her installations, Ball perennially incorporates seemingly incongruous materials into provocative objects that both carry their own stories while inviting dialogue with viewers.

Raised in Portland, Oregon, Ball has a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Ethnic Studies from University of Oregon (2005), a Masters in Maori Visual Arts (2010) from Massey University in New Zealand, and a MFA in Painting and Printmaking (2018) from Yale School of Art in New Haven, CT. Ball was the winner of the prestigious 2018 Betty Bowen Award, with a corresponding exhibition on view at the Seattle Art Museum from August 10 through November 17, 2019. She has shown widely around the states as well as internationally, including: Whitney Biennial 2017, New York; Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Santa Fe; and Art Mûr in both Montréal, Québec and Berlin, Germany. This will be her first time working at Crow’s Shadow.

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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

7th Nov 2019
This Good Land – Exhibition at BMCC
21st Nov 2019
Natalie Ball Artist Talk & Reception
13th Mar 2019
Crow’s Shadow featured in The NY Times!
8th Dec 2019
Annual Holiday Open House – 2019

This Good Land – Exhibition at BMCC

Exhibition of Crow’s Shadow Prints to be held at Feves Gallery, Blue Mountain Community College.
This Good Land: Contemporary Native Artists from Oregon
Exhibit Dates: November 7 – December 5, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 4:30-6:30 pm

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Natalie Ball Artist Talk & Reception

Crow’s Shadow will host a reception with Natalie Ball on Thursday, November 21 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, with an informal artist talk beginning at 5:30 pm.

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Crow’s Shadow featured in The NY Times!

Crow’s Shadow featured in the New York Times! Writer Alex V. Cipolle’s article on Crow’s Shadow, “Increasing Exposure for Native Artists” came out in The New York Times yesterday (online) and will be in Friday’s hard copy of the paper. Click through to read the full story.

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Annual Holiday Open House – 2019

Join us at Crow’s Shadow for our Annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec 8, 2019! The community is invited to visit our fine printmaking studio & gallery.

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Workshops

16th Nov 2019
Basket Weaving Workshop with Joey Lavadour Nov. 16-18
2nd Nov 2019
Loom Beading Workshop with Terri Carnes
14th Dec 2019
Painting Workshop with Ella Mae Looney
2nd May 2019
PNCA – Community Education Printmaking Retreat

Basket Weaving Workshop with Joey Lavadour Nov. 16-18

BASKET WEAVING WORKSHOP with Joey Lavadour November 16-18, 2019 Saturday & Sunday    9AM – 4PM Monday                      9AM – 3PM During this three-day workshop participants will be led through basket weaving with Joey Lavadour. The main focus of this class will be basic twining and […]

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Loom Beading Workshop with Terri Carnes

BEADWORK LOOMING WORKSHOP with Terri Carnes November 2, 2019 Saturday 9AM – 3PM During this six-hour workshop participants will be led through looming beadwork with Terri Carnes. The main focus of this class will be looming a beaded bracelet using size eleven seed beads. Terri will teach how to begin and end the process of […]

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Painting Workshop with Ella Mae Looney

Paint a canvas with geometric and floral patterns with guidance from local artist Ella Mae Looney. Please register in advance by calling us at 541-276-3954,

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PNCA – Community Education Printmaking Retreat

This four day intensive immersion into the art of monotypes and monoprint techniques is a perfect retreat for beginning and intermediate printmaking students.

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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