Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the foothills of Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Crow’s Shadow is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization formed in 1992 by local artists James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce). From 2001-2017 Frank Janzen was CSIA’s Master Printer, and his hiring initiated the more focused print publication and artist residency components at Crow’s Shadow, which continue to this day. In 2017 Judith Baumann joined Crow’s Shadow as the new Master Printer. Our mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. In 2017 CSIA celebrated the 25 Anniversary of the organization’s founding, with an exhibition curated by Dr. Rebecca Dobkins (Willamette University and Hallie Ford Museum of Art) and an accompanying publication. Over the last 26 years Crow’s Shadow has evolved into a world-class studio focused on contemporary fine art printmaking.
Works published by Crow’s Shadow Press can be found in major collections including: Library of Congress, Musuem of Fine Arts Boston, Portland Art Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Wellin Museum of Art, Davis Museum at Wellesley, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Crow’s Shadow has grown in both art world stature and programmatic vision, expanding its locally based, service-oriented mission to its current iteration, national in scope. The print studio hosts three to six artists annually for two-week residencies. Each artist works with Master Printer Judith Baumann to produce a lithographic edition or a series of monoprints or monotypes. Marketing these works and retaining one example from each edition or series, CSIA now boasts over two hundred prints by more than forty-five artists-in-residence in its permanent collection. Further, since 2006, Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon, has presented biennial exhibitions of prints from Crow’s Shadow and since 2010 maintains a comprehensive, permanent archive of Crow’s Shadow publications. This partnership with the Hallie Ford facilitates scholarly access to the collection both through their collections database online, as well as to museum visitors who can view CSIA prints in person in the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Gallery. The permanent collection works that are housed at Crow’s Shadow are often loaned to various cultural and learning institutions, please contact us for lending arrangements and availability.