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Installation view of Joe Feddersen's Okanagan IV.

Feddersen Stealth glass bowl 


Joe Feddersen: Vital Signs
September 26, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Northwest artist Joe Feddersen is a printmaker, basket weaver, and glass artist who combines traditional forms and symbols drawn from his Native American heritage with contemporary imagery. His highly regarded work explores the relationship of culture and the landscape and urban place markers and indigenous designs. The resulting work is both coolly modern and warmly expressionistic. This touring exhibition includes more than 60 works and is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.

Upcoming Related Program
Coastal Native Celebration
Saturday, January 9, 2010, noon-3:30 pm

Immerse yourself in the history and traditions of Northwest Coastal Tribes. The museum will be bustling with cultural performances and hands-on activities for all ages, giving participants the chance to watch, listen, and engage as we celebrate the heritage of the Pacific Northwest in the closing days of the exhibition.

Cultural performances will include live woodcarving by Makah artist Alex Swiftwater, Nooksack wooden flute musician Roderick Harris, a performance from a K’lallam drum and dance group, and Master Artist Al Zantua performing with Quileute Dancers. Known as the Northwest Coast Dancers, they will perform social songs and dances from Northwest Coastal Tribes. Hands-on activities will be available for all ages and range from weaving cedar hearts and mask painting to making necklaces inspired by Coastal traditions.

As a tribute to the occasion, the museum is offering free admission with tribal identification.

Past Program

  • Panel Discussion: Marcus Amerman, Preston Singletary, and Joe Feddersen
    Sunday, November 15, 2 pm

    Joe Feddersen will participate in a panel discussion with Native American artists Preston Singletary, whose work is on view at MOG, and Marcus Amerman, a member of the Choctaw Nation. Both Singletary and Amerman are artists-in-residence at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop the week of November 11 through 15, 2009.

Organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Joe Feddersen: Vital Signs has been supported in part by an endowment gift from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, through their Spirit Mountain Community Fund. Additional support has been provided by grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

Local support generously provided by The Boeing Company and KeyBank Foundation.

Captions:Stealth, 2006. Blown glass, sandblasted, 10 x 15 ½ x 15 ½ inches. Collection of Arlene and Harold Schnitzer, Portland, Oregon. Urban Indian Series, 2003. Monoprint, 37 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Froelick Gallery, Portland, Oregon.High Voltage Tower, 2003. Woven waxed linen, 8 x 6 x 6 inches. Collection of Cornelius and Jill Sullivan, Pacific Palisades, California.

 Feddersen Basket, High Voltage Tower 
 Feddersen, Urban Indian Series print 


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