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

Wendy Red Star

Artist Wendy Red Star returns to Crow’s Shadow in October for her third residency since 2010. Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.

Red Star has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Portland Art Museum, Hood Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. She served a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University, the Figge Art Museum, the Banff Centre, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Dartmouth College, CalArts, Flagler College, Fairhaven College, and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs. In 2015, Red Star was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In 2016, she participated in Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy at the Portland Art Museum, and recently mounted a solo exhibition as part of the museum’s APEX series.

Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Portland, OR.

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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

14th Oct 2020
Wendy Red Star – Virtual Conversation and Studio Tour
21st Oct 2020
Wendy Red Star Event Video
11th Aug 2020
Ralph Pugay : Artist-in-Residence, August 2020

Wendy Red Star – Virtual Conversation and Studio Tour

Wendy Red Star – A Conversation and Behind the Scenes Tour at Crow’s Shadow Exclusive Online Event Wednesday, October 14th 3:30pm Pre-registration is required, please follow this link:  Register Here Please join us for a conversation with Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke) and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the prints she will be publishing with Crow’s […]

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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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Ralph Pugay : Artist-in-Residence, August 2020

Ralphy 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 […]

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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