Hallie Ford Museum of Art features Crow’s Shadow Biennial

“The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial” will feature a selection of contemporary prints created over the past two years at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon. The exhibition opens Jan. 14, 2012, and continues through March 11, in the Study Gallery and Print Study Center at Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

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

Organized by Willamette University professor Rebecca Dobkins and Crow’s Shadow Press Master Printer Frank Janzen, the exhibition features work by artists from the U.S. and New Zealand, including Gabrielle Belz, Māori; Jim Denomie, Ojibwe; John Feodorov, Navaho; and James Luna, Luiseno. 

"The Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial" is supported by a gift from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, through the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, with additional support from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The museum is located at 700 State Street in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. 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 Monday, and admission on Tuesday is free.

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