Joe Cantrell Artist Talk

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Artist-in-Residence:  JOE CANTRELL

Artist Talk & Print Release Party

Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm


Joe Cantrell spent time at Crow’s Shadow in November of 2016 as the final Artist-in-Residence for the year. He worked closely with Master Printer Frank Janzen to develop a set of 4 diptychs based on his photographic practice. Cantrell utilizes extremely close-up macro images to reveal forms inside of rocks and fossils. Adapting spy satellite imaging software for artistic purposes, Cantrell also photographs rocks and pictograms in the Columbia River Gorge, often revealing remarkable things that the naked eye cannot see. The litho proofs that he has developed with Frank Janzen’s expertise are studies of texture and forms both otherworldly and very much of this earth, stating “these images show how interconnected we are; we are all the same stardust”.

Cantrell is Cherokee, originally from Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and has made his home in Oregon for the last 30 years. Cantrell did two Navy tours in Vietnam, during his second tour he was a diving officer in the Mekong Delta. He stayed in Southeast Asia another 15 years, working primarily as a photojournalist until 1986. Among Cantrell’s multiple careers, he has taught at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is now happily retired and making more artwork than ever.

Please join us in welcoming Joe Cantrell back to Crow’s Shadow on March 10. Cantrell will discuss his experience as an Artist-in-Residence this past November and his new prints will be available for viewing in the gallery. This event is free and open to the public.


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 (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.