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Crow’s Shadow welcomes Natalie Ball

Natalie Ball

Natalie Ball (Klamath/Modoc) with an installation. Image courtesy of the artist and Crow’s Shadow.

Public Reception: Thursday, November 21, 2019
5:00–7:00 pm

PENDLETON, Oregon – Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) welcomes installation artist Natalie Ball (Klamath/Modoc) to the print studio in mid-November. The public is welcome to a reception on Thursday, November 21 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Ball will share an informal artist talk beginning at 5:30 pm.

The reception allows the public to not only meet the visiting artist-in-residence but also see what is happening in the studio. The gallery will display new proofs. This event is free and open to the public.

Natalie Ball will spend two weeks at Crow’s Shadow developing limited-edition prints. There she will work with master printer Judith Baumann and print apprentice Katherine Charney. Depending on the complexity of the print and the studio schedule, completing an edition can take six months or more. One impression from each finished edition will enter CSIA’s permanent collection. Other prints will be available for purchase once they have been published.

Because The Ford Family Foundation generously funded this residency, Ball becomes CSIA’s final Golden Spot Artist-in-Residence of 2019. The Golden Spot awards are granted to Oregon-based artists who have worked professionally in the field for seven years or more. This opportunity at Crow’s Shadow often allows an artist to explore a new medium with full technical assistance.

About Natalie Ball

A multidisciplinary Klamath/Modoc installation artist, Natalie Ball who works from her ancestral homelands in the rural community of Chiloquin, Oregon in Klamath County. As a young woman, her aunt taught her quilt making, which fueled a continual practice of challenging assumptions regarding materials, including the loaded politics and power of matrilineal craft—particularly textiles. Often mining found objects for her installations, Ball incorporates seemingly incongruous materials into provocative objects. Her installations carry their own stories while inviting dialogue with viewers.

Raised in Portland, Oregon, Ball earned her bachelor’s degree in Art and Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon (2005). She then earned a master’s degree in Maori Visual Arts (2010) from Massey University in New Zealand, and finally an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale School of Art (2018) in New Haven, Connecticut.

Ball won the prestigious 2018 Betty Bowen Award. The award includes a corresponding exhibition on view at the Seattle Art Museum from August 10 through November 17, 2019. She has shown widely around the states as well as internationally. She has shown at the Whitney Biennial 2017, New York; and Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles; the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Santa Fe. She also has exhibited in the prestigious Art Mûr in Montreal, Quebec, and Berlin, Germany.

This residency will be her first time working at Crow’s Shadow.


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