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Sheehan Gallery celebrates Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts

Native American artists’ work is featured, Executive Director to speak


October 10, 2019

On Friday, October 11th, Whitman College’s Sheehan Gallery is pleased to present Karl Davis, the Executive Director of Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, who will speak about the development of this world-class art studio at 5:30 p.m.

Formed in 1992 by regional artists James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce), Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the foothills of Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Mr. Davis will speak at 5:30 pm in Olin Hall 138, on The Whitman campus, and there will be a public reception following this event and an evening showing of the exhibit.

The Sheehan Gallery is currently devoting their space to Gathering: Selected Prints from Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. As one of the gallery’s 2019 featured fall exhibitions, Gathering opened on September 3rd and will run through December 12th [closed for Thanksgiving Break November 23 – December 2, 2019].

A nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development, Crow’s Shadow is committed to helping people, young and old, develop their artistic gifts and skills. Over the last twenty-six years Crow’s Shadow has evolved into a renowned studio focused on contemporary fine art printmaking.

In Gathering, the Sheehan’s three Alcove Galleries will display over thirty prints created through the collaboration of Native artists with one of Crow’s Shadow’s Master Printers. Among the seminal creators and ascending artistic voices included are:

Rick Bartow (Wiyot), Marwin Begaye (Navajo/Diné), Gabrielle Belz (Maori), Ric Gendron (Colville, Umatilla), Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne) , Frank LaPena (Wintu)

James Lavadour (Walla Walla), James Luna (Payómkawichum), Brenda Mallory (Cherokee)

Wendy Redstar (Crow), Marie Watt (Seneca).

Sheehan Gallery is free and open to the public and is located in Olin Hall on Whitman College campus. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 12:00-5:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 12:00-4:00pm or by appointment.

Visit Crow’s Shadow on the internet at


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