Crow’s Shadow 2015 Year In Review

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Hello Friends of Crow’s Shadow

Thank you for your ongoing support of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts; 2015 was truly a banner year for our organization. We expanded our programming, increased our capacity, and our prints were shown at several prestigious institutions including the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis and the International Print Center in New York. The Library of Congress purchased eighteen Crow’s Shadow prints by contemporary Native artists; we are thrilled to have this important work represented in such an illustrious collection. We had the pleasure of hosting three exciting artists for our Golden Spot Award residencies: Daniel Duford, Michelle Ross, and Wendy Red Star. On December 6th we unveiled a new suite of spectacular lithographs by James Lavadour. Our 2016 schedule already includes exhibitions at Portland State University, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, and the Portland Fine Art Print Fair.

In the community, Crow’s Shadow hosted several traditional arts workshops: Gia Paul taught two horse regalia classes while Michael Ray Johnson and Joey Lavadour each led separate basket weaving classes. In November, we had the honor of partnering with Laika Animation Studio (Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls) to host a fantastic Youth Animation Workshop, which was filled with 20 enthusiastic student participants. Our Arts Builds Communities grant from the Oregon Art’s Commission was renewed and we have been able to continue our collaborative program with Nixya’awii Community School, hosting a select group of art students for weekly printmaking classes in our studio. Master Printer, Frank Janzen, has been leading the students through the entire process of printing linocut editions, which we will be exhibiting at Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, Washington, in the Spring of 2016. We also hosted our biannual fundraiser, Monothon, with over 50 artists coming from all over the northwest to print with us at Crow’s Shadow. All of these programs and workshops received praise from participants and filled an important role in creating opportunities for meaningful artistic expression and professional development.

Crow’s Shadow operates through the generous support of many volunteers, patrons and donors—all of whom recognize the unique value of our exceptional programs. Please consider joining this group of patrons; every level of contribution makes a difference.

Here are some examples of what your tax-deductable gift will help us provide:
$25: materials for a traditional arts workshop participant
$50: ink, paper and supplies for a Nixya’awii student printmaker
$200: archival frame for a print in our permanent collection
$500: host an opening reception or lecture
$10,000: completely fund one Artist-in-Residence


Karl Davis
Executive Director