Native American art graces GFU gallery
Crow's Shadow Institute is an Independent nonprofit print studio and gallery on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian reservation in rural eastern Oregon. An exhibit of works from the gallery is on tap at George Fox University and will highlight works from a range of artists that have visited Crow's Shadow studio over the past 16 years.
Crow's Shadow provides a creative conduit for educational, social and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. James Lavadour from Walla Walla, Wash., founded the institute after attending printmaking residencies at Rutgers University and Tamarind Institute in New Mexico.
While the artists have varied, the one constant throughout all of the prints is Frank Janzen's work. In fact, in 2001 Crow's Shadow hired Janzen as its first full-time printer.
Janzen has worked with nearly 50 artists, national stars and emerging names at the Crow's Shadow and hand pressed a majority of the institute's 200 works that tour the world.
Janzen is not only a printer, but dabbles in fused glass work and various materials.
"The fused glass work is a culmination of many years of thinking about the properties of various materials, especially the unique strength (and there are many) and the fragility of glass versus the cold solidness of steel or cast iron. These are a marriage of the two based on my earlier abstract paintings on paper, with paper having unique properties of its own," Janzen said in an artist statement.
Crow's Shadow has hosted more than 55 artists in residence since opening in 1992 and has a permanent collection of more than 250 limited edition prints, monotypes and monoprints. Along with its residency program, Crow's Shadow runs a print education program with Nixya'awii Community School, the charter high school on the reservation. They conduct print workshops and other tribal youth activities.