Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) provides a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.
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.
Our online gallery features works from over 45 of our past artists-in-residence. Explore and discover new works that you can order online.Discover Our Gallery
“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.”
Natalie Ball (Black, Modoc, and Klamath) 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.Explore Natalie Ball's Work
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.”
Cyd Cimmiyotti will be dancing for Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at the 2020 edition of Dancing with Your Pendleton Stars on April 17 at the Vert Auditorium. Now in its sixth year, this popular fundraiser is based on the Dancing with the Stars TV Show—where a local “star” is chosen to get partnered with a professional ballroom dancer for a dance competition. Each local celebrity picks a charity to fundraise for, with donations heading to their respective non-profit organizations. The event is hosted by CAPECO who organizes the event and receives ticket monies. The winner is determined by the dancers’ fundraising total ($1 = 1 vote), their dance score, audience votes, and judging on the night of the event.See Event Details
On Tuesday, March 10th Virgil’s at Cimmiyotti’s Restaurant will contribute 10% of proceeds from all regular menu items towards Cyd Cimmyiotti’s fundraising efforts during Dancing with Your Pendleton Stars. Cyd will be present throughout the evening; the restaurant is open from 4:00–10:00 pm. Friends and supporters are invited to say hello to Cyd, enjoy a […]See Event Details
Please join Crow’s Shadow at the 2020 Portland Fine Print Fair (PFPF) from January 24—26. The fair is held in the Mark Building at the Portland Art Museum.See Event Details
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.See Event Details
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.See Event Details
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 […]See Event Details
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,See Event Details
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 […]See Event Details
“...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.”