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ABOUT US

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, we also function as a venue to practice traditional Native American art practices — weaving, bead working and regalia making — of the Plateau region.

With a spacious gallery and world-class printmaking studio, CSIA brings in emerging and established artists to produce monotypes, monoprints and editions — including lithographs, etchings, linocuts, woodcuts and more. Our ever-growing portfolio of prints encompasses the work of many outstanding artists of diverse backgrounds and media.

Recognizing art as an intrinsic and essential element of Native American culture, we are committed to helping people, young and old, develop their artistic gifts and skills. Through a variety of professional and educational services, we look to give dedicated artists a strong voice while also providing a conduit to the mainstream art world.

Our studio is housed within the historic St. Andrews mission schoolhouse, itself situated at the base of the Blue Mountain foothills on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. By many accounts, it is a peaceful and inspiring place to come and create art.

HISTORY

Renowned artist James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and friends incorporated CSIA in 1992, with the idea of using art as a transformative tool within the Native American community. Just as art had changed and given new meaning to his own life, Lavadour wanted to create a place that would help others of American Indian heritage similarly realize the potential of art.

Over the years, CSIA offered various youth services and educational workshops on a wide spectrum of traditional art forms, also serving as a location for special projects and collaborations with major artists.

In 2001, CSIA turned its main attention to fine-art printmaking, whereby artists could come expand their professional portfolios to create and market monotypes, monoprints and print editions.