On October 17 Crow’s Shadow welcomed our latest Artist-in-Residence (AiR), Ryan Pierce, to the printmaking studio. Pierce is our final 2016 “Golden Spot” Residency Awardee for Oregon-based artists, a program generously funded by The Ford Family Foundation. Pierce will spend two weeks working with Master Printer, Frank Janzen (TMP), to develop a series of limited-edition prints. The final prints will enter the Crow’s Shadow permanent collection and be available for sale. In previous years prints from the Golden Spot residencies have traveled extensively to galleries and cultural institutions around the region and nationally.
Ryan Pierce is one of the founding members of Signal Fire, a wilderness residency program based in Oregon. Pierce’s paintings draw on his intense interest in ecology and natural systems. Often working on large-scale canvases his subjects allude to mythologies, or suggest narrative through taxonomical arrangements. He has attended residencies from regional centers such as Caldera in Sisters, Oregon; Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in Cascade Head, Oregon; and as far-flung as Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway. His work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions; he is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Pierce’s 2016 residency at Crow’s Shadow will mark his first time working in our studios.