Museum Showcases Contemporary Native American Prints

'Neuf for Modoc' by Edgar Heap of Birds, 2001, lithograph'Ghost Camp' by James Lavadour, 2002, lithograph'Bitterroot Winter' by Kay WalkingStick, 2003, linocut/lithograph'Wyit View' by Joe Feddersen, 2003, lithographA selection of contemporary prints created at the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in northeastern Oregon will be featured in an exhibition at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University. The Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial opens Oct. 28 and continues through Dec. 22 in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center.

Several events are planned in conjunction with the exhibition, including an artist lecture, a panel discussion and a printmaking workshop.

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 Americans to use their art as a vehicle for economic development. The facility, housed in the historic St. Andrew's Mission schoolhouse, features a state-of-the-art printmaking studio, classroom, computer lab, library and gallery.

The exhibition, organized by faculty curator Rebecca Dobkins, features work created in the past six years by 15 contemporary artists from throughout the U.S., including Rick Bartow, Joe Feddersen, James Lavadour, Edgar Heap of Birds, Truman Lowe, Lillian Pitt, Kay WalkingStick and Marie Watt. A wide variety of printmaking techniques are represented, including lithography, etching, linocut, woodcut and monotype.

On Oct. 27 from 5 to 6 p.m., master printer Frank Janzen will present a slide lecture on the history of the Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts. Janzen is a graduate of the University of Victoria and is the Tamarind Master Printer for the Crow's Shadow Press.

On Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dobkins will lead a panel discussion with Native American artists about the impact of Crow's Shadow on contemporary Native American art in general and their own work in particular. Included in the discussion will be Rick Bartow, Phillip John Charette, Joe Feddersen, James Lavadour, Lillian Pitt and Marie Watt.

The lecture and symposium will be held in the Roger Hull Lecture Hall on the second floor of the museum. Admission is free.

On Nov. 11 and 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Janzen will return to Salem to offer a two-day workshop on monotype techniques. Students will work off of Plexiglas plates and will employ an etching press, giving them options for a variety of sizes and techniques such as the additive method, subtractive method, stencil work and use of non-traditional materials. No prior experience is necessary.

The workshop will be held at a yet-to-be-determined location in Salem. Cost is $100 per student for the two-day class. Enrollment is limited to 10 students and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Materials will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch. To register, call 503-370-6855.

The Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial is supported by an endowment gift from The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde through their 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The galleries are closed Sunday and 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 information, call 503-370-6855.