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Yoshihiro Kitai, Yoonhee Choi and Natalie Ball

PENDLETON — Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts has given 2019 Golden Spot residency awards to Yoshihiro Kitai, Yoonhee Choi and Natalie Ball. Funded through support from The Ford Family Foundation, the annual awards began at Crow’s Shadow in 2010 to support regional artist residencies. 

The Oregon-based artists will each spend two weeks at Crow’s Shadow developing limited-edition prints, which will be hand pulled by Crow’s Shadow’s collaborative master printer, Judith Baumann. 

The final prints enter CSIA’s permanent collection. In previous years, prints from these residencies have traveled extensively to galleries and cultural institutions around the region and nationally. All three of these artists will be working in the Crow’s Shadow studio for the first time.

Kitai is an assistant professor of printmaking at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Originally from Osaka, Japan, Kitai moved to the United States in 1994 after studying at Tajimi Ceramic School in Gifu. Kitai holds a bachelor’s in printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and received his master’s in printmaking and drawing from Washington University in St. Louis. Kitai is represented by Froelick Gallery in Portland and will be CSIA artist-in-residence in August.

Choi is a multidisciplinary artist, often using paper and installation components in her art. Choi’s background in planning and architecture informs her visual explorations, which include processes of reordering. Her works using everyday materials seem to reinvent items, breathing new life into found objects.

 She currently lives in Portland, where she shows at Blackfish Gallery. Choi will be CSIA artist-in-residence from the end of September into October.

Choi has a bachelor of engineering in city planning from Hong-ik University in Seoul, South Korea; a master of architecture from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.; and a diploma of fine arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

She recently completed an artist residency with C3 Initiative in Portland, and taught architecture at Portland State University from 2007-2016.

Ball (Klamath Modoc) is a multidisciplinary and installation artist who works from her ancestral homelands in the rural community of Chiloquin, Klamath County, Ore. She learned quilt making from her aunt, which fueled a continual practice of challenging assumptions regarding materials, including the loaded politics and power of matrilineal craft. 

Ball has a bachelor’s in art and ethnic studies from University of Oregon, a master’s in Maori visual arts from Massey University in New Zealand, and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art. Ball will be CSIA artist-in-residence during November.