Opening Reception: Friday, July 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Art Center East is pleased to present Prints from Crow’s Shadow Press, an exhibit featuring a collection of recent prints created by Artists-in-Residence at Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, July 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and the exhibit will be on display through August 31. All Art Center East exhibits and receptions are free admission.
Based on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, Crow’s Shadow was founded in 1992 by local artists James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce) to offer Native artists resources, education, and a platform from which to develop their work. Since then, Crow’s Shadow has grown to become a nationally recognized printmaking studio and Artist Residency program, the only one of its kind on a reservation.
This exhibit is a showcase of prints from the past two years at Crow’s Shadow, highlighting the last year of Frank Janzen’s tenure as the full-time Master Printer before his retirement, and the first year of Judith Baumann’s succession as Crow’s Shadow Master Printer. Crow’s Shadow hosts up to seven residencies each year, each lasting two weeks. During their stay, artists produce two works, each with a limited edition run of 20 prints.
While Crow’s Shadow maintains a focus on Native artists, the program invites those of all cultural identities, creating a valuable exchange between Native artists and the rest of the contemporary art world. Art Center East’s exhibit represents a broad range of artistic styles from eight of their most recent residencies.
The work of artist Avantika Bawa (US, b. India) returns to Art Center East’s Main gallery, where her installation Aqua Mapping appeared as part of the DISJECTA statewide exhibit in 2016. The exhibit also includes work byCrow’s Shadow co-founder James Lavadour (Walla Walla), Marie Watt (Seneca), Modou Dieng (US, b. Senegal), Demian DinéYazhi’ (Diné), Marwin Begaye (Navajo/Diné), Vanessa Renwick (US), and Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Klamath Modoc). All work in the exhibit is on loan from the Crow’s Shadow Institute’s permanent collection. Limited edition prints will be available for purchase.
Crow’s Shadow: The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the foothills of Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Crow’s Shadow is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization formed in 1992 by local artists James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce). Their mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Over the last 27 years Crow’s Shadow has evolved into a world-class studio focused on contemporary fine art printmaking.
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