Announcing Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency Award Winners

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February 8, 2017
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Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency Award Winners (l-r):  Demian DinéYazhi’, Modou Dieng, and Marie Watt.

Crow’s Shadow 2017 Golden Spot Residency Award Winners

Crow’s Shadow is excited to share the news of our 2017 Golden Spot residency award recipients: Demian DinéYazhi’, Modou Dieng, and Marie Watt. Funded by the generous support of The Ford Family Foundation, the annual Golden Spot Awards began at Crow’s Shadow in 2010 to support regional artist residencies. Each of these Oregon-based artists will spend two weeks at Crow’s Shadow developing limited-edition prints, which will be hand pulled by Crow’s Shadow’s Master Printer. The final prints will enter our permanent collection; in previous years prints from the Golden Spot residencies have travelled extensively to galleries and cultural institutions around the region and nationally.

Demian DinéYazhi’ (Zuni and Navajo/Diné) is a transdisciplinary artist who uses social interventions to interrupt colonial power structures. His blog Heterogeneous Homosexual contemplates “Radial Indigenous Queer Feminist Art” and how a marginalized body navigates and resists assimilation. DinéYazhi’s practice includes curation, zine production, public interactions, as well as writing and poetry. DinéYazhi’ graduated with a BFA in Intermedia Arts from PNCA in 2014 and is the founder of Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) an activist collective for education and preservation of Indigenous art and culture. He grew up in the southwest and is currently based in Portland, Oregon. This will be DinéYazhi’s first time working at Crow’s Shadow.

Modou Dieng is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon. Dieng often works in mixed media, incorporating painting, collage, and photography into colorful pop-eclectic installations. Raised in Dakar, Senegal, his peripatetic adventures took him to Paris, Brussels, New York, and San Fransisco before landing in Portland. Dieng holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in Painting and New Genres (2006) and a BFA in Painting from the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Senegal (1995). Among his many accomplishments, Dieng founded and curated the influential Worksound Gallery in SE Portland (2007-12). In addition to his own art making and teaching, he continues to have an active international curatorial practice connecting people and spaces. This will be Dieng’s first residency at Crow’s Shadow.

For Marie Watt (Seneca) blankets are a loaded cultural object, carrying deeply personal individual stories, as well as the intertwined historical significance of being both a survival necessity and a biological weapon, transmitting the smallpox epidemic from European immigrants to Native populations. Watt invites the public to contribute stories and handwork at “sewing circles”, contributing to her efforts to build community objects. Her work with textiles transcends multiple mediums, often using the stitched line as a drawing component in print and paper works, or creating monumental wood or metal sculptures that resemble stacks of blankets. Watt holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University, attended Willamette University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and in 2016 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Willamette University. This will be Watt’s fifth residency at Crow’s Shadow, bookending Master Printer Frank Janzen’s sixteen-year tenure at Crow’s Shadow.


Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts 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 (Chinook and Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce). Our mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Over the last 25 years Crow’s Shadow has evolved into a world-class studio focused on contemporary fine art printmaking.