Nixya’awii Printmaking Students Exhibit At Maryhill Museum

On March 29, 2018
Sitting Skull linocut by Arlen Blue Thunder, a Nixya'awii Community High School student learning printmaking at Crow's Shadow
Sitting Skull linocut by Arlen Blue Thunder


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In February of 2015 Crow’s Shadow embarked on a collaborative project with Nixya’awii Community High School to introduce local students to printmaking. Over the past year a select group of art students from Nixya’awii have been learning printmaking in the Crow’s Shadow studio under the direction of CSIA Master Printer, Frank Janzen. These students have been visiting 1-2 times per week and building their knowledge of linocut printmaking. Each student has been instructed in all the technical aspects of this process and has produced their own limited edition prints. The resulting works have been of remarkable quality and exemplify the creative potential of these talented young artists. This collaborative project is generously funded through a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities Fund.

We are thrilled that Maryhill Museum invited prints from this program to be exhibited in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center for the spring of 2016. Michelle Van Pelt, the arts coordinator at Nixya’awii says in regards to this collaborative project: “I am so excited to have the students at Crow’s Shadow, learning about printmaking and working in a professional arts studio.” Visit Maryhill Museum of Art to view First Impressions: Nixya’awii: Student Art; the exhibition will be on display from March 15 through June 15. The museum is located at 35 Maryhill Museum Drive in Goldendale, Washington, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge and is a great day-trip from Portland or Pendleton.

Renowned local painter, James Lavadour, founded Crow’s Shadow in 1992 to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Karl Davis, Crow’s Shadow’s Executive Director, feels that this collaboration with Nixya’awii Community School perfectly encapsulates the mission statement. Davis says, “This project helps to strengthen the relationship between Crow’s Shadow and Nixya’awii High School and extend our outreach to a new generation of artists from the local community.”

Student artists featured: Arlen Blue Thunder, Sunshine Fuentes, Frances Gomez Chalakee, Pete Gomez Chalakee, Shandiin Horton, EllaMae Looney, Nathan Nez, Teata Oatman, L’Rissa Sohappy, and Shanae Williams.