Press Release

For immediate release: August 15, 2017
Media contact: Andrea Foust
Membership and Public Relations Manager
Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University
503-370-6867
Public contact: 503-370-6855 | museum-art@willamette.edu

Exhibition Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts

Organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA), a new exhibition chronicles the history of Crow’s Shadow over the past 25 years as it has emerged as an important printmaking studio located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon.

"Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25" features 75 prints drawn from the Crow’s Shadow Print Archive and focuses on themes of landscape, abstraction, portraiture, word and images, and media and process. Included in the exhibition are works by 50 Native and non-Native artists who have worked at Crow’s Shadow, including Rick Bartow, Pat Boas, Joe Feddersen, Edgar Heap of Birds, James Lavadour, Truman Lowe, Lillian Pitt, Wendy Red Star, Storm Tharp, and Marie Watt, among others.

The institute was founded by Oregon painter and printmaker James Lavadour (Walla Walla), who envisioned a traditional arts studio focused on printmaking.

Art historian Prudence Roberts says of Lavadour, "He wanted to contribute to the Tribes’ new sense of direction and self-sufficiency, and also to give emerging artists opportunities and a sense of community that had eluded him as he taught himself his craft."

Today, CSIA is perhaps the only professional printmaking studio located on a reservation community in the United States. Since opening in 1992, it has emerged as one of the most important printmaking ateliers in the country, bringing together Native and non-Native artists from around the world to make prints under the guidance and direction of master printmaker Frank Janzen. Prints produced at Crow's Shadow can be found in some of the foremost public and private collections in the United States and have been included in exhibitions around the world.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a wide range of events including several lectures, a panel discussion about CSIA, docent guided tours, an Evening for Educators, a Family Activity Day, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art Fall Artist Lecture featuring Portland, Oregon, Native American artist Wendy Red Star.

In addition to the prints on display, a full-color hard cover book accompanies the exhibition with essays by Prudence Roberts on the history of Crow’s Shadow, and heather ahtone and Rebecca Dobkins on the history of indigenous printmaking in North America. The book retails for $34.95.

Once the exhibition closes in Salem, Oregon, it will travel to the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington during the summer of 2018 and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University in Pullman that fall.

Financial Support
Financial support for the exhibition and book has been provided by a major grant from the Ford Family Foundation. Additional financial support was provided by a grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation; by funds from an endowment gift from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through their Spirit Mountain Community Fund; and by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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RELATED EVENTS

Evening for Educators
The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25
Elizabeth Garrison
Cameron Paulin Curator of Education, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 4:30–6 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to educators
RSVP required by September 18, call 503-370-6855

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Lecture
Mapping the Matrix
heather ahtone (Chickasaw/Choctaw)
James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma in Norman
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public

Panel Discussion
The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25
Moderator: Rebecca Dobkins
Panelists: Karl Davis, Frank Janzen, James Lavadour, and Marie Watt
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 2:15 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public

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Tuesday Gallery Talks
September 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 28; December 12, 19
Join docents at the museum for a guided tour of the exhibition. Tours commence at 12:30 p.m. in the Maribeth Collins Lobby at the museum.
Free and open to the public

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Family Activity Day and Dance Performance
Saturday, October 7, 2017, Noon - 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Find inspiration in the museum’s current exhibition “Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25" and then join Elizabeth Garrison (the Cameron Paulin Curator of Education) and local artist Sonia Allen for print-making activities in the Maribeth Collins Lobby. At 1 p.m. a dance performance with the Chamawa Indian School Dancers will be held in the Atrium Gallery.

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Lecture
Invisible Structures
Damien Gilley
Multi-disciplinary artist and educator, Portland, Oregon
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law
Free and open to the public

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Hallie Ford Museum of Art Fall Artist Lecture
Intergenerational Collaboration Through an Apsáalooke Feminist Lens
Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke)
Native American multimedia artist, Portland, Oregon
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Hudson Concert Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University
Free and open to the public

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About the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University
Oregon's third largest art museum features works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists, and includes a diverse collection of traditional European, American and Asian art, as well as artifacts that date from antiquity. Frequently changing exhibitions include lectures, special events, tours, artist demonstrations and educational opportunities for children and adults.

The museum is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. General admission is $6, $4 for seniors and $3 for students 18 and older. Students 17 and under and children are admitted free. Admission is free for everyone on Tuesdays. For more information call 503-370-6855 or visitwillamette.edu/go/hfma.

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THE FOLLOWING HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES ARE ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL

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Rick Bartow (Wiyot, 1946-2016), Crow Shadow, 2013, lithograph, 30-1/8 x 22-½ inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP 13-302. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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Pat Boas (American, born 1952), Unalphabetic #1, 2012, lithograph, 20 x 22-1/2 inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP 12-117. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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Joe Feddersen (Colville, born 1953), Wyit View, 2003, lithograph, 40 x 30 inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP-03-105. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho, born 1954), Neuf for Modoc, 2001, lithograph, 22-1/2 x 30 inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP 01-102. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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James Lavadour (Walla Walla, born 1951), Land of Origin, 2015, lithograph, 4 panels, 22-1/2 x 30-1/4 inches each, 45 x 60-1/2 inches overall, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP 15-101 a, b, c, d. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk, born 1944), Wán náxs, 2002, lithograph, 30 x 22-1/2 inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP 02-106. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Yakama/Warm Springs, born 1943), Round Dance, 2006, lithograph, 15 x 20 inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP 06-105. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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Wendy Red Star (Crow, born 1981), enit, 2010, lithograph, 22-3/8 x 30 inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP-10-101. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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Storm Tharp (American, born 1970), Young People 2, 2011, lithograph, 30 x 22-3/8 inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP 11-107. Photo: Dale Peterson.

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Marie Watt (Seneca, born 1967), Blankets, 2003, lithograph, 19-3/4 x 25-3/4 inches, collection of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, CSP 03-108. Photo: Dale Peterson.


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INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

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