James Lavadour and his magnum opus “Tiicham” will be displayed in the 55th Venice Biennalle, from June 1st to November 24, 2013. He gave an interview to Confederated Umatilla Journal about his art:
“Like a dark ravine slicing between two hogback ridges, it’s the land, the land, the land.
“Like the eons of Columbia Gorge rock slamming together from nature’s forces, it is layer, upon layer, upon layer…
“Such is the work of James Lavadour, a painter who creates chaos on a canvas in a way that draws a line , a link between himself and his surroundings”
Read the whole article at the CUJ website by clicking on the March 2013 link.
Back in February, the CTUIR’s own Whitney Minthorn came to Crow’s Shadow to explore a new artistic medium: Creating Prints.
He displayed his work February 26th at a reception held at Crow’s Shadow.
Crow’s Shadow’s master printer Frank Janzen convinced Minthorn to spend a short time in residence at Crow’s Shadow. While he was here, Minthorn contributed to the study of arts and crafts among his people by puting on a beading workshop and holding studio sessions at the Mission Longhouse on the CTUIR reservation.
For more information about Whitney’s sojourn here, please read the whole article at the CUJ website by clicking on the March 2013 link.
The Ford Family Foundation Golden Spot Award Artists traveling print exhibition opens Friday May 3 at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, Oregon, and runs through June 1. Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts received the award for this year.
The opening reception will feature an informal artist talk by Crow’s Shadow’s own Frank Janzen, followed by a short presentation from Crow’s Shadow board member Driek Zirinsky.
Golden Spot Award artists include Pat Boas, Arnold J. Kemp, Eva Lake, Susan Murrell, Jeanene Nagy and Storm Tharp. Murrell, an Eastern Oregon University Associate Professor of Art, will be on hand to answer questions about her work.
Friday, May 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Crossroads Carnegie Art Center 2020 Auburn Avenue Baker City, OR 97814
Friday May 3 – June 1
Please go to the Baker City Chamber of Commerce website for more details.
Selected prints from Crow’s Shadow Institute Institute of the Arts permanent exhibit are being featured at the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.
The exhibition, featuring Crow’s Shadow artists Pat Boas, James Lavadour and Wendy Red Star, is being held at the Linfield Studio Gallery, located in the Miller Fine Arts Center Building A, from Tuesday, April 2nd to Friday, April 26th.
For more details, click here to peruse the Lacroute Arts Fund website!
Crow’s Shadow hosted its fourth Monothon fundraiser event! For three days straight, 81 artists made monotype prints, raising over $8000.
Superb prints created during the event are still available for purchase and are priced at $100 and $200. Proceeds will support the organization and its upcoming exhibitions in New York and Washington, D.C., at the National Museum of the American Indian in 2013 and 2014.
In conjunction with our Annual Open House, we invite you to join us for our 20th Year Celebration!
- DATE: Friday, December 7, 2012
- TIME: 5:30 – 8:00 pm
- PLACE: Crow’s Shadow Gallery, 48004 St Andrews Road
President James Lavadour will speak at 6:00 and give a slide show of CSIA’s 20 year history. Refreshments will be served.
For Pendleton residents, CTUIR Transport will provide a bus out to CSIA beginning at the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce parking lot at 5:15 pm. For additional information or directions, please call 541-310-0950 or 541-276-3954.
Please come and help us celebrate our milestone year!
This week Crow’s Shadow welcomes visual artist Susan Murrell from La Grande, Oregon, to the studio. Murrell will be working alongside Master Printer Frank Janzen for two weeks, July 18-31, and is the first of three “Golden Spot” residency artists lined up for the summer.
Murrell has shown nationally in installation exhibits that combine painting and intricate sculptural work.
An article from the Oregonian described Murrell’s 2008 show “Insinctive Inquiry”:
The artist explores parallels between scientific exploration and creative expression, which she seems to consider twin disciplines for making sense of the natural world. Murrell’s art itself, though, feels mysterious and playful, not just in mixing biological and chemical references but also in the way in which they’re displayed.
Murrell recently responded to a few questions via e-mail.
Q. What are you most looking forward to about your residency and working in printmaking?
“The immersive studio experience of residencies always makes a huge impact on my work. Without the daily distractions and obligations of normal home life, I’ve been surprised not only at the quantity of work that I produce, but the intensity of the experience. With continuous days and nights of thinking about and making work, my biggest challenges arise and most substantial leaps occur. The effects of a residency percolate in my studio for years!
“This last year I’ve made a shift in my painting. I’m working in two distinct ways, and have been enjoying the awkward tension created by these kind of billowing, spontaneous marks, and almost obtrusive, opaque shapes that have become a bit architectural. The process of mark making has really been reciprocal to the content, and so I’m looking forward to Frank Janzen’s expertise to translate this way of working to a new media. I am hoping to keep the integrity of what I feel like I’ve tapped into, while, of course, knowing it will change and become something different altogether.
“Printmaking is truly a bottomless pit of possibility – in the best way! The emphasis of my undergraduate work was in printmaking and I have had my own, beautiful Takach etching press for many years. There always seems to be 10 ways to approach a problem, and each path will result in new discovery. This will be my first significant foray into lithography. The collaborative environment of Crow’s Shadow offers that I will not be limited by my own knowledge of techniques. Access and exchange of ideas! The greatest gift!”
Q. Do you have any thoughts or ideas yet regarding what kind of work you might like to do?
“Beyond editioning 2D work, I’m hoping to experiment, as well. My installations have often contained multi-part, repetitive imagery. It seems a natural extension that I start to exploit the multiplicity of printmaking to re-imagine how it could serve my larger-scale installations.”
Find out more about Murrell and her work by visiting her website at www.susanstudio.com.
You can meet Murrell and check out some of her newest work during an evening reception, 5:30-7:30 on Thursday, July 26, at the Crow’s Shadow gallery. The artist will be giving a gallery presentation at about 6 p.m.
Crow’s Shadow is excited to announce the three Oregon artists selected for the 2012 “Golden Spot” residency program!
This summer Crow’s Shadow will welcome artists Susan Murrell, Arnold Kemp, and Pat Boas to the studio.
Murrell, who lives in La Grande and teaches as Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University, will be at Crow’s Shadow July 18-31. Murrell has exhibited nationally and been awarded residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Sprints, New York, and Ragdale in Lake Forest, Illinois. Murrell received her B.A. in visual arts—with an emphasis in printmaking—from the University of Northern Colorado and her M.F.A. in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design.
View Murrell’s website: www.susanstudio.com.
Arnold J. Kemp
Kemp is an artist, poet, and curator and serves as the Chair of M.F.A. Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Kemp will be at Crow’s Shadow August 13-24. Earlier this year Kemp was named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts. Kemp received his M.F.A. from Stanford University, and a B.A./B.F.A. In English literature/studio art from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
View Kemp’s website: www.worksarnoldjkemp.com.
Boas, also from Portland, will work at Crow’s Shadow August 27 – Sept. 7. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Art Gym, the Boise Art Museum, and elsewhere throughout the Northwest. Boas recently was awarded the 2012 Bonnie Branson Fellowship. In addition to her visual work, Boas has written articles and reviews for Art Papers, artUS and was a contributing editor for Artweek from 2002 to 2006. Boas earned a B.F.A. in printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College Art, as well as an M.F.A. in painting from Portland State University, where she works as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the M.F.A. in Contemporary Art Practice/Studio program.
View Boas’s website: www.patboas.com.
Crow’s Shadow looks forward to welcoming each of these artists to the studio this summer!
The “Golden Spot” residency program is being funded through a grant from The Ford Family Foundation.
Be sure to check out our latest additions to the prints-for-sale section of the website.
We’ve recently uploaded images for works by artist Corwin Clairmont (Salish Kootenai), who completed a two-week printmaking residency in February.
During his time in the studio Clairmont collaborated with Master Printer Frank Janzen to produce two series of monoprints and one lithographic edition, all based on images of the polar bear.
Clairmont drew inspiration from a November 2011 educational trip to Churchill, Manitoba—a town located on the shores of the Hudson Bay in Canada. During the trip Clairmont and others observed more than 50 polar bears. The unusually large mainland population was a result of the late-forming polar ice.
“One of the concerns, especially these past few years, has been the impact of global warming on the polar bear,” Clairmont said. “It shortens the feeding cycle of the polar bear, because they depend on the ice to go out and hunt the seal.”
You can learn more about the artist’s experience in our video interview, embedded below.
To purchase prints, or to inquire for more information, please call us at (541) 276-3954.
Proceeds from the sale of prints benefit both Crow’s Shadow and the artist.
Clairmont’s residency was funded in part through a grant from the Administration for Native Americans.
Crow’s Shadow would like to thank two Oregon-based foundations for contributing to a small capital improvements and artwork documentation project.
The Ford Family Foundation awarded Crow’s Shadow a $24,037 grant to support the purchase of several new studio equipment items, including a new Takach etching press, a print drying rack and more.
As part of the same project the Wildhorse Foundation has awarded a $3,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a graining sink for the grinding of lithographic stones and a hydraulic stone lift.
Other studio upgrades will include a new lithography stone table and storage rack, as well as a computer and photographic and video recording equipment for the improved documentation of Crow’s Shadow prints and programs.
These studio upgrades will enhance the institute’s efficiency and offerings both in etching techniques and traditional stone lithography.