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 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

Ralph Pugay

Ralph Pugay joined us at Crow’s Shadow on August 2nd and started his second week of printmaking in the studio with Judith Baumann and Maggie Middleton. He has made many drawings and is working through finding which colors and images he wants to develop into finished prints. There are a couple of exciting blend rolls and color combinations currently being tested.

His narrative drawings feature figures often outlined in black and holding contorted poses that are at once comedic and grotesque. His playful painting style is candy-colored and points to the absurdist within the mundane. We are looking forward to seeing what comes out of the studio in the next week.

Pugay has an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice, and a BA in Studio Art, both from Portland State University. He graduated from the summer residency intensive at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Madison, ME). He currently teaches Art at Portland State University, where he gained tenure in 2020.

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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

8th Jun 2020
Solidarity Statement
6th Jul 2020
Apprentice Printer: Maggie Middleton
8th Jul 2020
Crow’s Shadow receives new Litho press
9th Jul 2020
CYD CIMMIYOTTI Raises over $21,000 for Crow’s Shadow
6th Aug 2020
COVID-19 Update: Closed to the public for August

Solidarity Statement

Today we want to stand in solidarity to highlight the urgent need for racial justice. We pledge to continue to work towards a more equitable world by amplifying artists of color. We are committed to listening, learning, and creating space for anti-racist work.

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Apprentice Printer: Maggie Middleton

Crow’s Shadow is pleased to announce the arrival of Apprentice Printer, Maggie Middleton. Raised in Reston, Virginia, Middleton moved to Pendleton from Albuquerque, where she completed Tamarind Institute’s Professional Printer Training Program at the University of New Mexico. She earned her MFA in Printmaking at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland, and her undergraduate degree is from Oberlin College in Ohio.

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Crow’s Shadow receives new Litho press

PENDLETON, Oregon — Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is pleased to announce the arrival of a new Takach Floor Model Lithography Printing Press, purchased with funds generously provided by The Ford Family Foundation (TFFF) of Roseburg, Oregon. TFFF Capital Improvements grant program approved the $28,500 press purchase for its impact on CSIA’s printmaking […]

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CYD CIMMIYOTTI Raises over $21,000 for Crow’s Shadow

The Dancing with your Pendleton Stars event has been canceled, but Crow’s Shadow fundraising Star, Cyd Cimmiyotti and her sister Shannon Cimmiyotti Collins raised an astounding $21,000 for the organization. Tapping into their deep network of friends, the sisters helped spread the word about the mission of Crow’s Shadow to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.

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COVID-19 Update: Closed to the public for August

Covid-19 Update: Closed to the public for August. Due to the Coronavirus, our studio and gallery are closed to the public during August 2020 while Umatilla County is under Stay Home Stay Safe orders.

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Workshops

19th Sep 2020
Workshop: Cree-style Drum Making with Charles Wood III
8th Feb 2020
Round Beaded Necklace Workshop with Sequoia Conner
14th Dec 2019
Painting Workshop with Ella Mae Looney

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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Round Beaded Necklace Workshop with Sequoia Conner

UPDATE: Thank you! This class is full as of 1/7/2020. We do have a short waitlist, and if there is enough interest we may be able to run a second class in the coming months. During this all-day workshop, participants will be led through beading a necklace with Sequoia Conner. Sequoia will teach the participants […]

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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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“...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