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Creative Fellowship

Pacific Northwest (PNW) Art

Nia Tero's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Art Fellowship brings together creatives working in many visual disciplines which center Indigenous guardianship and care for the Earth, from diverse international Indigenous affiliations, across stages of their artistic development, living in the PNW.

These Indigenous artists are provided an opportunity for professional and personal support as part of growing network of Nia Tero Fellows that spans the globe. Selected fellows will receive a $10,000 USD stipend and attend one virtual gathering and one in-person gathering in Seattle that will support fellows in their growth and capacity as community members. The in-person gathering will include program facilitators and invited guests from the cultural arts sector to build the fellows’ networks with each other and with the larger industry.

Meet the 2023 Pacific Northwest Art Fellows

headshot James Johnson III, 2023 PNW Arts

James Johnson III

Koyukon Athabaskan | Alaska | Instagram

James Johnson III is a Koyukon Athabaskan from Fairbanks, Alaska with roots in the Rampart and Kokrines villages. He is a filmmaker focused on telling narrative and documentary stories centered on climate justice, language, and traditional ways of life. He is a co-founder of the indigenous filmmaking company Deenaadai Productions LLC based in Fairbanks. James spent several years as an Indigenous evaluator before transitioning into filmmaking. He holds a certificate in Rural Human Services and BA in Sociology, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a current participant in the Alaska Native Filmmakers Intensive, an ongoing project through Native Movement and UAF Film & Theatre. Over the past several years, James has served as a primary editor on “Diiyeghan Naii Taii Tr’eedaa” and as DP and editor on another (yet to be released) commissioned short film project due late 2023. He has worked on two additional film projects as a crew member for MTV and the Alaska Native Heritage Center and is working on his first short doc that he will co-direct and shoot. James can generally be found traveling across the state of Alaska filming in communities that face climate justice issues. Outside of his career, James enjoys spending time with his family, learning new skill sets, and playing guitar and basketball. As a lifelong student – he is always looking for ways to better himself, refine his filmmaking, and remaining eager to make positive contributions to the world around him for the next generation.

headshot Priscilla Dobler Dzul, 2023 PNW Arts

Priscilla Dobler Dzul

Maya (Mestiza) | Washington | Instagram

Priscilla Dobler Dzul is a Washington-based artist from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. As an interdisciplinary storyteller, she focuses on reframing the context of America’s colonization of indigenous cultures, while examining power structures in our domestic lives through craft. Her Maya immigrant mother raised her in a single-family home with aspirations towards the American Dream. As a child, Priscilla spent hours cleaning apartments with her relatives. She witnessed first-hand physically forced evictions, domestic violence, and racism towards members of her family and community. These themes recur in her artwork. Priscilla’s grandparents created creative therapy outlets for her. Priscilla took painting and pottery classes, gardened, studied native plants, and sewed textiles. Her Grandma Ruby introduced her to Henequen rope and told her about their import from Yucatan to Glasgow, while showing her maps of the British Empire. Her Maya grandfather and mother gave her oral stories of Maya warriors, folklore, and shared her maternal grandma’s huipils and hammocks. Her Maya aunties taught her embroidery. It’s through these experiences of labor, love, and resilience that Priscilla understood the importance of community and how traditional folk art shows our stories and our relationship to ecosystems.

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Raven Juarez

Blackfeet | Washington | Instagram

Born and based in Seattle, Raven Juarez is a contemporary native artist, teacher, and presenter. Juarez attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY and spent a year abroad in Florence, Italy, to study painting, drawing, print-making as well as Italian art and film history. She graduated in 2013 with a BA in the liberal arts, with concentrations in Child Psychology/Development and Visual Arts. Raven’s work is characterized by intricate designs blending the abstract into symbolic meaning to tell her stories. Created in a process Raven describes as “conversations with herself”, her pieces offer a glimpse into her subconscious and conscious wantings, wonderings, memories, and dreams. In 2015, her first solo exhibition, Don't Touch, was in Brooklyn, NY, at The One Well in Greenpoint. Since returning to the Pacific North West, Juarez's recent work has been shown in Tacoma and Seattle, WA, notable shows including: Familiar Place, Solo Show at Native Action Network headquarters, 2023 Bloodlines, curated by Tracy Rector at Bridge Productions, 2016 Protect The Sacred; Native Artists for Standing Rock, curated by Asia Tail at Spaceworks Gallery, 2017 Moon Moan, presented by Asia Tail and Raven Juarez at 950 Gallery, 2018 yəhaw̓, curated by Tracy Rector, Asia Tail, Satpreet Kahlon at ARTS at King Street Station, 2019.

headshot Jenny Irene Miller, 2023 PNW Arts

Jenny Irene Miller

Inupiaq | Alaska | Instagram

Jenny Irene Miller (Inupiaq, b. Sitŋasuaq / Nome, Alaska) is an artist working primarily with photography. Her work focuses on identity, community, place, refusal, and access. Jenny lives and works in Dgheyay Kaq' / Anchorage, Alaska. Jenny holds an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico where she was awarded the Beaumont Newhall/Van Deren Coke Photography Fellowship. She also holds a BFA in Photomedia and a BA in American Indian Studies from the University of Washington. She is a past SITE Santa Fe Scholar, Elizabeth Furber Fellow, and Fulbright Canada Killam Fellow. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, AK, and at Haus Kunst Mitte in Berlin, DE. Jenny is a recipient of awards from the Alaska Humanities Forum, National Geographic, Fulbright Canada, and a Fulbright Canada Killam Fellowship to Canada. Her work has been featured by Inuit Art Quarterly, the New York Times, National Geographic, Canadian Art, and Lenscratch among others.

headshot Frank Demian Diné Yazhi, 2023 PNW Arts

Demian DinéYazhi´

Diné | Oregon | Instagram

Demian DinéYazhi´ is an Indigenous Diné Non-Binary Trans transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábaahá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water) living in Portland, OR. They received their BFA in Intermedia Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014, where they were awarded the Thesis Writing Award and the Intermedia Arts Department award for their curatorial project, Bury My Art At Wounded Knee: Blood and Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex. They are the founder of R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, an activist initiative dedicated to the education and amplification of Indigenous art and culture. They have recently exhibited at Portland Biennial, Honolulu Biennial, Biennale of Sydney, Vielmetter Los Angeles, Wexner Center for the Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, Henry Art Gallery, Pioneer Works, CANADA, NY; and Cooley Art Gallery. They are the recipient of the Henry Art Museum’s Brink Award, Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts, and Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow. DinéYazhi´ is the author of Ancestral Memory, An Infected Sunset, and We Left Them Nothing.

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Paul Robert Wolf Wilson

Klamath & Modoc Tribes | Oregon | Instagram

Waq’lis’ii(greetings)! My name is Paul Robert Wolf Wilson and I am a photographer, cinematographer, Chief Storyteller at Rios to Rivers, LEAD Ambassador for the Northwest River Suppliers, and expedition athlete. As a Klamath and Modoc photographer I have focused my lens on the effects of climate crisis on frontline indigenous communities and the lands and waters they have stewarded. After my first river trip on the Rio Baker in Patagonia, my sister and I started the Maqlaqs Paddle Club in Chiloquin, Oregon to get more tribal youth in our community onto our ancestral rivers in kayaks. I use my storytelling and recreational platforms to rally public education and support around river stewardship- taking this struggle from local conversations all the way up to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

Meet the 2022 Pacific Northwest Art Fellows

2022 PNW Art headshot Gallagher Sean

Sean Gallagher

Inupiaq | Washington | Instagram

Sean Gallagher (Inupiaq) is a visual artist and traditional watercraft vessel builder who specializes in carving, two- and three-dimensional art in multiple mediums. His works are influenced by traditional teachings and current experiences with a reverence for the future. Current themes include the stories of our time and honoring the connection between people, labor, and the planet as Sean is a part of a longshoreman union that stands for equitable working conditions and wages in addition to other areas of justice focused advocacy. Carving masks under the influence of master carvers and my peers increases Sean’s skillset and connections to fine art. Working with lands and waterways are recurrent themes within his work as Sean has extensive background in restoration, sustainable living, and movement via water. Recent works expand from previous works, including study of human physiology. Sean is based out of White Center, just south of Seattle in Washington.

2022 PNW Art headshot Rena Priest photo by Erika Schultz

Rena Priest

Lummi | Washington | Instagram

Rena Priest is a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She currently serves as Washington State Poet Laureate (2021-2023) and has been named as the University of Washington Libraries Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writing Fellow for 2022. She is the recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award and fellowships from Nia Tero, Indigenous Nations Poets, and the Vadon Foundation. Her debut poetry collection, Patriarchy Blues, was published by MoonPath Press and received an American Book Award. Her second collection, Sublime Subliminal, was published as the finalist for the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. Her most recent book, Northwest Know-How: Beaches, includes a collection of Priest’s poems, retellings of tribal legends, and descriptions of 29 of her most beloved beaches in Washington and Oregon. Priest is a National Geographic Explorer and is currently at work on a series of short essays about the history of unjust criminalization of tribal fishers. She is also in the final stages of preparing a new poetry manuscript. Priest’s nonfiction has appeared in High Country News, YES! Magazine, Seattle Met, and elsewhere. She lives in Bellingham, Washington on the ancestral homelands of her tribe. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more at www.renapriest.com.

2022 PNW Art headshot Golga Oscar

Golga ‘Quki’ Oscar

Yup'ik Nation - Kasigluk Elders Traditional Council | Alaska | Instagram

Golga Oscar, a Yup’ik artist from Southwest, Alaska pursues modern textile that reflects his cultural identity. He seeks aspects to revitalize his ancestral work with a mix of contemporary materials and design. Oscar has been exploring different mediums that range from leather/skin sewing, grass weaving, and walrus ivory/wood carving. A strong cultural identity is evident in his work. Through his knowledge of traditional art forms and sewing skills, he creates cultural attire that becomes a strong visual element in his photographic imagery.

His images portray portraits of Indigenous people to show the world the importance of Native heritage and the validity of their existence. He is striving toward Indigenizing spaces in this Western environment.

2022 PNW Art headshot Roquin Quichocho Siongco

Roquin Quichocho-Siongco

CHamoru | Washington | Instagram

Roquin-Jon Quichocho Siongco is originally from Yigu, Guåhan (Guam). They are a multidisciplinary artist that draws from their CHamoru heritage and Queer experiences. For Roquin, it is imperative that their work honors cultural customs that have survived throughout generations and has been persevered in the face of colonial erasure. By acknowledging these international practices and learning where they come from, their work holds the solid foundation it maintains as contemporary Pasifik art. Because of this, their work is able to take on new shapes and experimental forms, innovative combinations of materials, and the building of cross-cultural relationships that may not have happened otherwise.

2022 PNW Art headshot Melissa Shaginoff

Melissa Shaginoff

Ahtna, Chickaloon Traditional Village & Paiute, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe | Alaska

Melissa Shaginoff, is part of the Udzisyu (caribou) and Cui Ui Ticutta (fish-eater) clans from Nay'dini'aa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village, Alaska). She is an Ahtna and Paiute person, an artist, a curator, and an Auntie. Melissa centers conversation as her art praxis, searching for deeper understanding through works of exchange and reciprocity. Melissa has completed residencies in Sweden, Italy, Canada, and throughout Alaska. She has curated and juried art exhibitions with the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Pacific University, University Alaska Anchorage, The Coe Center, the International Folk Art Museum, the Fairbanks Art Association, and the Arctic Arts Summit. She is a founding member of Łuk’ae Tse’ Taas (fish head soup) Comics, a new media collective focusing on Indigenous collaboration and representation in science-fiction narratives. Melissa has been published in the Alaska Humanities FORUM Magazine, First American Art Magazine, Inuit Art Quarterly, and the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center Learning Lab.

2022 PNW Art headshot Jacintha Jay Stanley

Jacintha ‘Jay’ Stanley

Diné/Navajo | Oregon | Instagram

Jay was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Kayenta, AZ (Tó Dínéeshzhee). Currently living in Pendleton, OR near her husband’s tribal community, the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation. She is a self-taught graphic artist who using art to celebrate their culture and identity as Indigenous people. Her goal is to create art that empowers fellow Indigenous people, whether that is through fashion or speaking their mind on issues that affect our communities. Jay holds a Bachelors in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University and a Master of Education from the University of Oregon.

2022 PNW Art headshot Carrielynn Victor

Carrielynn Victor

Coast Salish | BC, Canada | Instagram

Eastern Fraser Valley based artist, Carrielynn is a descendant of Coast Salish ancestors that have been sustained by S’olh Temexw (our land) since time immemorial & Western European ancestors that settled around North America beginning in the 1600’s. Carrielynn was born and raised in S’olh Temexw and nurtured by many parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. With ancient and modern design principles combined, Carrielynn’s professional artistic practice takes the form of murals, canvas paintings, drums, paddles and in recent years, illustrations for scientific reports and children’s books.

Meet the 2021 Pacific Northwest Art Fellows

Portrait of Natalie Ball

Natalie Ball

Black, Modoc and Klamath Tribes | Oregon | Instagram

Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Art from the University of Oregon. She furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she attained her Master’s degree, focusing on Indigenous contemporary art. Ball then relocated to her ancestral homelands to raise her three children. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at the Half Gallery, NY; Vancouver Art Gallery, BC; Blum & Poe, LA; Portland Art Museum, OR; Gagosian, NY; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Almine Rech Gallery, FR; and SculptureCenter, NY. Natalie attained her M.F.A. degree in Painting & Printmaking at Yale School of Art in 2018. She is the recipient of the 2021 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation’s Oregon Native Arts Fellowship, 2020 Bonnie Bronson Award, 2020 Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2019 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the 2018 Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Art Museum.

Portrait of Dakota Camacho

Dakota Camacho

Matao/CHamoru | Washington | Instagram

Born, raised, and based in Coast Salish Territory, Dakota Camacho is a Matao/CHamoru multi-disciplinary artist / researcher working in spaces of Indigenous life ways, performance, musical composition, community engagement, and education. Camacho weaves knowing from both yo’-ña (their) bloodlines and the diverse lineages that inform yo’-ña Indigenizing journey. Creating opportunities for inter-Indigenous exchange as a method for Indigenous knowledge development is central to Camacho’s creative philosophy. Camacho holds a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Women's Studies as a First Wave Urban Arts and Hip Hop Scholar. Camacho has presented work in festivals, at universities, and in communities as a public speaker, facilitator, composer, and performer throughout North America (The Americas), Oceania, Australia, Europe, and Africa.

Denise Emerson

Denise Emerson

Navajo and Enrolled Skokomish | Washington | Instagram

Denise Emerson graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Washington. She began researching and studying historical photos of Native American people and objects that led to a deeper connection to her family and ancestors. Through her studies she developed computer art skills and began importing historical black and white photos into Excel and used them to create compositions for new beading designs. She eventually moved into Photoshop and Illustrator, which allowed her to expand the use of layers over photos to create contemporary art pieces in vivid color. This method of layering created the 2-dimensional artwork from historical photos onto flat beaded bags, and is also the method used in creating Moss Babies and Generations One. Moreover, Denise is an accomplished acrylic painter, pencil, and ink illustrator.

Portrait of Erin Gingrich

Erin Gingrich

Koyukon Athabascan and Inupiaq | Alaska | Instagram

Erin Ggaadimits Ivalu Gingrich is a carver, painter, bead worker, photographer, and designer. Her arts practice is rooted in her Koyukon Athabaskan and Inupiaq heritage, which connects with the historically traditional beliefs of her ancestors on the value of our natural environment as gifts gathered from the land. A childhood spent across the state of Alaska imposed a personal impression of Alaska’s biological diversity, mixed with experience of Alaska’s sacred subsistence life ways, the immeasurable true value of our state's ecosystems, and a gatherable gift that was cared for by our ancestors. To establish these beliefs, Erin’s work explores representations of these living resources that make our environment unique through carved, painted, and beaded sculptural and mask forms. Erin also designs and makes modern kuspuk (Alaska Native snowshirts) to follow after her mother to continue the artform. Erin is currently based out of Dena'ina Homelands in Anchorage and Cohoe, Alaska.

Portrait of Anthony Hudson

Anthony Hudson

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Tribes of Siletz | Oregon | Instagram

Anthony Hudson is a multidisciplinary artist and writer, perhaps best known as Portland, Oregon’s premier drag clown, Carla Rossi – an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. They have been featured at the New York Theatre Workshop, La Mama (NYC), Portland and Seattle Art Museums, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the 2019 Portland Biennial, the Risk/Reward Festival, PICA's TBA Festival, Melbourne’s Yirramboi Festival, and more. Anthony regularly hosts and programs QUEER HORROR – the only LGBTQ+ horror film screening series in the United States – at the historic Hollywood Theatre. Anthony was named a 2018 National Artist Fellow from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2018 Western Arts Alliance Native Launchpad Artist, a 2019 Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, a 2021 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership Fellow, and has received project support and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, USArtists International, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Portland Art Museum & NW Film Center, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Ucross Foundation, Caldera Arts Center, and more. Anthony also co-hosts the weekly queer feminist horror podcast GAYLORDS OF DARKNESS with writer Stacie Ponder.

Portrait of Eileen Jimenez

Eileen Jiménez

Otomi | Washington | Instagram

Eileen Jimenez is an Indigenous queer artist and a descendent of the Otomi people. Eileen was born in southern California, and her family is from Michoacán, Guanajuato and Mexico City. Eileen currently resides in occupied Duwamish Territory (Seattle, WA). The aesthetics of Otomi stories and her art reveal glimpses into her soul: “the visual representation of my soul, and the colors, the culture, the visions and the dreams that live there.” In her current body of work, she creates pieces that embody Indigenous life, joy, resilience, and relationship to land that represent the ongoing journey to heal and to share her family and community’s stories.

Portrait of Jacques Trautman

Jacques "Jac" Trautman

Duwamish | Washington | Website

Jacques Trautman grew up on Duwamish lands and is a member of the Duwamish tribe. Jac feels deeply connected to the water, and as child would cross the train tracks every day to walk on the beach. In college, Jac was fascinated by the natural world, which inspired him to photograph the idea of landscape as a construction. For the past 11 years, he participated in Tribal Journeys – a canoe journey that unites tribes across the Pacific Northwest for cultural revival. Tribal Journeys inspired him to create photographs exposing how the use of contemporary technology “enables us to both forget and not forget our Indigenous cultures.” By taking a single exposure with multiple projected images contained within, Jac drew attention to the concept of splitting and projection in the ongoing historical interactions between the colonizer and the colonized. Jac currently participates in the Seattle Public Art Boot Camp program and will have a temporary installation of his photographs of Duwamish people at the Seattle Center.

Meet the 2020 Pacific Northwest Art Fellows

Portrait of Raven Two Feathers

Raven Two Feathers

Cherokee, Seneca, Cayuga, Comanche | Washington | Instagram

Raven Two Feathers (Cherokee, Seneca, Cayuga, Comanche) (he/they) is a Two Spirit, Emmy award winning creator based in Seattle, WA. Originally from New Mexico, they spent their childhood moving and exploring Indigenous cultures across the continent and Pacific. They started making films in Hawaii after they enrolled in a film elective, putting them on the path they’d dreamed of since they were three. They made their first explicitly Indigenous film during Tracy Rector’s Superfly program. They returned to New Mexico to attend Santa Fe University of Art & Design, graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Film Production. After graduation, their path led them to working on and creating more Indigenous art than ever and things began to feel right. They have been able to explore new mediums without the Western fear of imperfection hindering them. They recently released a comic-based zine, “Qualifications of Being,” about their journey of realizing they are trans and Two Spirit. The process is long and difficult but filled with the laughter, care, and openness they had dreamed of seeing as a child. They continue to grow and explore their practice through the people they meet, and the stories that guide them.

Portrait of Ciara Lacy

Ciara Lacy

Kānaka Maoli | Oregon | Website

Ciara Lacy is a kanaka maoli whose interest lies in crafting films that use strong characters and investigative journalism to challenge the creative and political status quo. She has directed content for film and television, managed independent features, as well as coordinated product placement and clearances for various platforms. Her work has screened at festivals around the world as well as shown on networks including Netflix, PBS, ABC, and Al Jazeera. In the digital space, she has created content for notable outlets like the Guardian and the Atlantic Online. Ciara is honored to be the inaugural Sundance Institute Merata Mita Fellow as well as part of the inaugural class of NATIVe Fellows at the European Film Market. She has also benefited from fellowships with the Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation, Firelight Media's Documentary Lab, the Sundance Institute’s NativeLab, Tribeca All Access, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and the Independent Film Project (IFP).

Ciara holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University and has given talks at academic institutions across the U.S. She continues to work on documentary content for broadcast and digital while also expanding her intimate style of filmmaking into the branded content, commercial, and narrative spaces.

Portrait of Lehuauakea


Kānaka Maoli | Oregon | Website

Lehuauakea is a mixed-Native Hawaiian interdisciplinary artist from Pāpaʻikou on Moku O Keawe, the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Lehua’s Kānaka Maoli family descends from several lineages connected to Maui, Kauaʻi, Kohala, and Hāmākua where their family resides to this day.

They have participated in several solo and group shows around the Pacific Ocean. Most recently these include ‘A Gift, A Breath’ at Alice Gallery in Seattle, ‘Until We Meet Again’ at Blackfish Gallery in Portland, and ‘He Hae Hōʻailona Ia’ at Aupuni Space in Honolulu.

Through a range of craft-based media, their art serves as a means of exploring cultural and biological ecologies, spectrums of Indigeneity, and what it means to live within the context of contemporary environmental degradation. With a particular focus on the labor-intensive making of ʻohe kāpala, kapa cloth, and natural pigments, Lehua is able to breathe new life into patterns and traditions practiced for generations. Through these acts of resilience that help forge deeper relationships with ʻāina, this mode of Indigenous storytelling is carried well into the future.

The artist is currently based between Portland and Pāpaʻikou after earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with a minor in Art + Ecology at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Art piece created by Linley Logan

Linley B. Logan

Onondowaga (People of the Great Hill) | Washington | Website

Linley attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for Industrial Design and Fine Art, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Linley is a multi-disciplinary contemporary artist and designer with a foundation in his Seneca traditional arts, and his applied artistic statement conveyed through contemporary artistic expression. Linley’s artistic experience includes printmaking, painting, pottery, traditional beaded jewelry and contemporary jewelry, 3-dimensional arts, sculpture, and design work. His fine arts background includes industrial, graphic and set design.

As an artist and by invitation, Linley attended five international Indigenous Visual Arts Gathering in Aotearoa and Hawaii from 2007-2019. He accepted the invitation to participate in “Creation, Migration, and Change” an indigenous arts forum, co-organized by the Seventh Generation Fund, hosted by the Longhouse Cultural Education Center at TESC, and sponsored by the Ford Foundation. He attended the International Indigenous Arts Exchange in Guatemala, 2010. His printmaking teaching experience includes teaching Hawaiian Native art students at HOEA, Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the arts in 2011.

Linley has co-curated contemporary Haudenosaunee art exhibits, the Evergreen Longhouse’s 20th Anniversary art exhibition and the Tears of Duk’wibahl International Indigenous Visual Arts Gathering exhibition, authored articles on Haudenosaunee social dance traditions, served as a grant reviewer for national and regional arts organizations, and founded and directed a Cultural Retention Program in his Tonawanda Seneca home community.

Linley has resided in Bremerton for 20 years and currently serves on the Boards for local art organizations and as a Washington State Arts Commissioner. He currently serves as the Managing Director of the Northwest Heritage Program – Artist in Residence program at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

Portrait of Danielle Morsette

Danielle J. Morsette

Suquamish, Stó:lō | Washington

“I strive to incorporate both traditional and contemporary design elements. It is important that my work will be recognizably Coast Salish while being truly original." D.J.M

Danielle Morsette is a Coast Salish Weaver residing on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Washington State. She is from the Suquamish tribe and Stó:lō Nation Band Shxwhá:y Village.

In 2003, Danielle participated in a beginners weaving class hosted by the Suquamish Youth Program taught by Marjorie Lawrence - Tulalip Tribes. She was fortunate to apprentice with the late Virginia Adams - Suquamish Tribe. Her other teachers from one on one time and workshops include Noel Rosario - Suquamish Tribe, Marcie Baker - Squamish Nation, Tracy Williams - Squamish Nation, Alroy Baker - Squamish Nation, Debra Sparrow - Musqueam First Nation, Delores Churchill - Haida, and Evelynn Vanderhoop - Haida.

Her weaving is made completely by hand using minimal tools on a traditional style loom frame. Such work includes regalia items to be worn by First Nations and Native American people as well as wall hangings made to be displayed. She has been fortunate to be featured in multiple art exhibitions in Washington State, Oregon State and British Columbia. She is also the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships that have helped her personal artistic development over the years.

Portrait of Jen Wood

Jen Wood

Yup’ik | Washington | Website

Jennifer Angaiak Wood is Yup’ik, Irish, and Italian. Her parents are Andy and Marie Angaiak of Fairbanks, AK, and her grandparents are Mike and Susie Angaiak of Tununak, AK, and Kip and Pat Morey of Menlo Park, CA. Jennifer was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. The Yup’ik side of her family is from Tununak, AK, and she spent summers there with her family when she was growing up. The experiences she had there greatly inform her artistic expression, and her main focus is on carving masks from that region. Her first carving teacher was Ron Manook, her high school Alaska Native Arts teacher. He passed away in 1999, so she has been mostly self-taught since then, though she has been able to work with some artists in the Seattle area since moving there in 2015, and they have shown her how to use adzes and traditional bent knives. Jennifer now lives in Indianola, WA, with her husband and two kids, and works out of her home studio.

Portrait of Sara Siestreem

Sara Siestreem

Hanis Coos | Oregon | Website

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos, 1976-) is from the South Coast of Oregon. She graduated Phi Kappa Phi from PSU in 2005 and earned an MFA with distinction from Pratt in 2007. Her studio work is multi-disciplinary. Her primary language is painting, but she also works in photography, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, and traditional Indigenous weaving. She has been represented by Augen Gallery since 2010.

The social practice component of her work branches into education, curation, and institutional reform. She teaches collegiate arts in Portland, created and runs a tribal weaving program, and works with several institutions regionally as a curation and education consultant.

Siestreem was a recipient of a Ford Family Gold Spot Residency at Crows Shadow and a Matrix Residency in Missoula, MA. She has received two Creative Heights Grants, as well as support from The Oregon Arts Commission, The Ford Family, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Evergreen Longhouse, The Potlatch Fund, The Burke, and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. Her work has been shown at Museum of Northwest Art, Missoula Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, The Whatcom Museum of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The Evergreen Longhouse, Spaceworks Gallery, Littman Gallery, Archer Gallery, Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center, COCC, OSU, 1Spot Gallery, Jacobs Gallery, Mark Wooley Gallery, Modern Zoo, Zeitgeist Gallery, Pip Gallery, and many others. Her work figures in public and private collections around the world.

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