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Native American Prints Featured at Hallie Ford Museum of Art

An exhibition of contemporary prints, created by Native American artists at the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon, is on display Oct. 11 through Dec. 21 in the Study Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

As a special feature, artists George Flett and Jeremy Red Star Wolf, both featured in the exhibition, will discuss their work in a free lecture Nov. 8 from 2-3 p.m. in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall at the museum. A reception will follow in the lobby.

The Second Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial, organized by faculty curator Rebecca Dobkins and Crow's Shadow master printer Frank Janzen, features work created in the past few years by a wide variety of artists from throughout the U.S., including Rick Bartow, Phillip John Charette, George Flett, James Lavadour, Larry McNeil and Jeremy Red Star Wolf, among others. A number of printmaking techniques are represented, including lithography, woodcut and monotype.

Founded in 1992 by Native American painter and printmaker James Lavadour, the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts seeks to create educational and professional opportunities for Native American artists to use their art as a vehicle for economic development. Housed in the historic St. Andrew's Mission schoolhouse, the facility features a state-of-the-art printmaking studio, classroom, computer lab, library and gallery space.

The exhibition is supported by an endowment gift from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and by the Indian Country Conversations Series at Willamette University. Additional support has been provided by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855 or visit www.willamette.edu/museum_of_art.

10-11-2008