Lacroute Art Series presents artist talk and exhibit

Crow's Shadow Institute of the ArtsThe Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) will be the focus of an exhibit and lecture as part of the Lacroute Art Series at Linfield College.

Printmaker Frank Janzen will speak on “Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts: History and Artistic Endeavors” Wednesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in 127 Nicholson Library at Linfield. In addition, Crow’s Shadow Selected Print Exhibition will be held April 2-27 in the Linfield Studio Gallery. This exhibition will include artists Pat Boas, James Lavadour, and Wendy Red Star. It was curated by Cris Moss, Linfield gallery director.

Janzen became CSIA’s first full-time resident master printer in 2001. He is an artist, working mainly in printmaking and painting, and has collaborated with numerous artists in the U.S., Canada and South Africa in the creation of limited edition lithographs. As an instructor, Janzen collaborates with artists of all ages and skill levels. Whether working one-on-one with a professional artist or guiding a classroom of high school students through the technically challenging medium of fine-art printmaking, Janzen has demonstrated his ability to help translate the vision of the artist onto paper.

At CSIA, Janzen has collaborated with a growing list of emerging and established Native American artists, including Edgar Heap of Birds, Kay WalkingStick, Truman Lowe and others. He also teaches a range of beginning and advanced printmaking workshops intermittently throughout the year.

Renowned artist James Lavadour and friends incorporated CSIA on the Umatilla Indian Reservation 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.

With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, it also functions as a venue to practice traditional Native American art practices – weaving, bead working and regalia making – of the Plateau region. CSIA has a spacious gallery and world-class printmaking studio, and brings in emerging and established artists to produce monotypes, monoprints and editions – including lithographs, etchings, linocuts, woodcuts and more. Its ever-growing portfolio of prints encompasses the work of many outstanding artists of diverse backgrounds and media.

The theme for the 2012-14 Lacroute Art Series is The Arts and Social Change, exploring the arts and how they relate to changes in society through a number of events.

The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor. The series, sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund at Linfield College, is dedicated to helping the college present art events and activities for the campus and community. It provides programs featuring artists in the areas of music, art and visual culture, and theatre and communication arts.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2802 or go to