SARA SIESTREEM
(Hanis Coos and American)


BORN 1976, Springfield, Oregon

EDUCATION
2007 MFA, with distinction, Pratt Art Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2005 BS, with honors (Phi Kappa Phi), Portland State University, Portland, OR

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Sara Siestreem, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA (upcoming)
2016 WINTER WORK, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 Love Songs, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2014 Sonnets, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2013-2014 Ballast, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
2013 Collections, Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Umatilla, OR
2012 For Children in Cold Climates, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 Corridor to Transport, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Day Paintings, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Depth of Defense, The Life Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 exposure: a discrete house on fire, Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Art Institute, Brooklyn, New York
2004 Rocks are Happy/In Blue and Green, The Know Gallery, Portland, OR
2003 I don’t recycle Michael, City Center Gallery, Portland, OR

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Winter Group Exhibition, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2016 Remote Impressions, Works from Crow's Shadow Press, Broadway Lobby Gallery, Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2016 Woven, The Art of Contemporary Native Basketry, Archer Gallery, Clark College,
Vancouver, WA
2016 Agriculture of the American Landscape, Giustina Gallery, LaSells Stewart Center,
Oregon State University Campus, Corvallis, OR traveling to:
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Baker City, OR;
Barber Library, Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR;
Grants Pass Museum of Art, Grants Pass, OR
2015-2016 Days and Days, Center for Contemporary Native American Art, Portland Art Museum, OR
2015-2016 Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
2015 IN//APPROPRIATE, Littman and White Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2015 State of Oregon Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
2015 Byting Willows, 1Spot Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Survivance, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2015 Winter Group Show, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2015 Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Jacobs Gallery at The Hult Center, Eugene, OR
2014 Prints from Crow's Shadow Press, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014 Prints from the Plateau: The Works of Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford, OR
2014 New Works by Gallery Artists, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2014 Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts 5th Biennial, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem OR
2014 ARTiculations in Print, Museum of Contemporary Native American Arts, (MoCNA) Crow's Shadow Prints, Santa Fe, NM
2014 Missoula Art Museum, Crow's Shadow Prints, MT
2013 Portland Art Museum, Portland State University, Shine a Light – Social Practice Contributor for Hotline Project
2012 Faculty Group Show, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
2010 Love Show 2-14, Launch Pad Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 Siren Nation, Portland, OR
2008 24 hour draw-a-thon, Pip Gallery, Portland, OR
2006 Beulahland, Portland, OR (two-person exhibition)
2006 Daylight Walking, Native American Student and Community Center, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2005 Pratt MFA 1st Year Group Show, Brooklyn, NY
2004 Paranoia, Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR (Nov.)
2004 Small Paintings, Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR (Sept.)
2004 Vinyl Killers, Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR (May)
2004 Cabin Fever, Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR (Feb.)
2003 Cascade AIDS Benefit, Portland, OR (catalog)
2003 Modern Zoo, Portland, OR
2003 Angels of Mercy in an Age of Destruction, Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR
2003 Stare-well, permanent mural collaboration, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2001 Portland State University Studio Scholarship Exhibition, Portland, OR

AWARDS
2016 Purchase Award, Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, Corvallis, OR
2015 MoNA Luminaries – Northwest Artist Award, Joel Brock Award for Emerging Artists (in the first ten years of a career), Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA

BIBLIOGRAPHY
“Artist's “Whiteness Goggles” Blot out Significance of Cultural Appropriation,”
Indian Country Today Media Network.com, July 23, 2015
“Art Exhibit Explores the Hazards of Cultural Appropriation,” http://www.colorlines.com/articles/art-exhibit-explores-hazards-cultural-appropriation
“Interview with Sara Siestreem,” Contemporary Native Art Magazine, Issue #3, pp. 34-39,
2014 (cover and illustrated)
“Sara Siestreem: Blast”, Corridor, Missoula, MT, September 2013 Issue 26, p. 21 (illustrated)
Missoula Art Museum Newsletter, Missoula, Montana, Cover, p. 3, Fall/Winter 2013
Frank, Priscilla. ''Whiteness Goggles' Set Out to Change How you See Cultural Appropriation,” Huffington Post, July 21, 2015 (illustration)
Hicks, Bob. “Punch counterpunch: art and argument in the galleries,’ Art,’ Dennison,
Wagner, Cleveland, Siestreem and an Ace in the hole.”
http://orartswatch.org/category/visual-art/?=siestreem September 20, 2012
Martin, Haley. “Weaving Back to Roots,” 1856 Oregon Magazine, July 2015
Ray, Jeoffrey. “Art Professionals on Display,” Vanguard, April 1, 2014, pp. 16 and 17 (illustrated)
Ray, Jeoffry. Emerging Artists’ Mixed Media Medley,
http://psuvanguard.com/arts/emerging-artists-mixed-media-medley January 28, 2013
Skinner, Margaret. “Sold Out, Oregon State of Craft, Portland Mercury, June 10, 2015
Speer, Richard. Editorial Recommendation, Visual Art Source, September 12, 2015
http://www.visualartsource.com
Speer, Richard. Visual Arts Listings, Willamette Week, WW Pick, September 2012
Speer, Richard. Visual Arts Listings, Willamette Week, WW Pick, December 2010
Speer, Richard. “Bright spots in a challenging year for the arts-Visual Arts Best of 2008,”
Best work on paper; (tie), wweek.com/Portland/article-1026-visual_arts_best_ of_2008
December 31,2008
Speer, Richard. Visual Arts Listings, Willamette Week, WW Pick, December 2008
Walsh, Cory. “Meaningful Abstract-Coos Tribe member's show 'Ballast' at MAM
seeks balance”, Missoulain, Missoula, MT, September 6, 2013, pp. E1 and E5 (illustrated)

COLLECTIONS
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Umatilla, OR
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts Print Archive, Hallie Ford Museum of Art - Willamette University, Salem, OR
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
Native American Student and Community Center, Permanent Marker System, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Native American Student and Community Center, Salmon House, Portland State University,
Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum, Native American Art Collection, Portland, OR
Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portable Works Collection, Portland, OR

GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS
2014 Native Master Artist Initiative Grant
2014 Hanis Coos Traditional Weaving and Research Project Grant
2012 Crow’s Shadow Workshop-Lithography, Umatilla, OR
2007 Joan Michel Foundation Award Nominee
2005 Merit Award, Pratt Art Institute, Brooklyn, New York
2003 Yale-Norfolk Fellowship Nominee, Norfolk, CT
2001 Florence Glazer Scholarship, Portland, OR

SPONSORSHIP
2010-2011 M. Graham & Co., Portland, OR

ARTIST TALKS AND LECTURES
2015 Artist Talk, Evergreen State College for the Arts Symposium, Olympia, WA
2015 Artist Talk, thlatwa-thlatwa: Indigenous Currents, Center for Contemporary Native American Art, Portland Art Museum, OR
2014 Panel participant, This is Not a Silent Movie, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
2013 Artist Talks series, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDyuFqeBi4A – November 18
2013 Visiting Artist Lecture for Native American Youth, A. Susan Santos' Journeys in Creativity Program - An Exploration in Native American Art, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
2013 Artist Lecture for Ballast exhibition, Missoula Art Museum, MT
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BhlY0KjFio – September 16
2013 Artist Lecture for Collections exhibition, Crow's Shadow Art Institute of the Arts, Umatilla, OR
2013 Evening for Educators, Contemporary Native American Art, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2013 For Educators: How to Look at Indian Art, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2014-2015 Native Advisory board, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2015 Adjunct Instructor, Indigenous Nations Study, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2015 Traditional Weaving Practices Program Developer and Lead Teacher, Confederated Tribes
Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, Florence, OR
2014 Lead Trainer for Native Arts Marketing Strategies for Creative Entrepreneurs Workshops/Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Vancouver, WA
2014 Curriculum development, resource building consultant and lead trainer, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Vancouver, WA
2014 Visiting Artist and teacher, A. Susan Santos' Journeys in Creativity Program for Native Youth, Oregon
College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
2013 Visiting Artist Lecture, A. Susan Santos' Journeys in Creativity Program for Native Youth, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
2013 Pre-College Painting Instructor, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
2013 Course Development and Creation, Tribal Museum Studies, Northwest Indian College, Lummi Indian Reservation, WA
2013-2014 Part Time Faculty, Tribal Museum Studies, Northwest Indian College, Lummi Indian Reservation, WA
2013 Artist Talks series, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2013 A. Susan Santos' Journeys in Creativity Program-An Exploration in Native American Art, Visiting Artist Lecture for Native American Youth, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
2013 Visiting Artist Lecture in Art Practices, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
2013 Artist Lecture for Ballast exhibition, Missoula Art Museum, MT
2013 Visiting Artist Lecture in Drawing, Portland, Community College, Portland, OR
2013 Visiting Artist Lecture in Printing, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2013 Artist Lecture for Collections exhibition, Crow's Shadow Art Institute of the Arts, Umatilla, OR
2013 Contemporary American Art Lecture, Portland Art Institute, Portland, OR
2013 Evening for Educators, Contemporary Native American Art, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2013 For Educators: How to Look at Indian Art, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT
2012-2015 Docent and Curatorial Consultant, Native American Collection, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
2010-2016 Adjunct Instructor, Foundations, Portland State University, Portland, OR
2010-2013 Adjunct Instructor, Painting, Drawing and Watercolor, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
2008 Instructor, Introduction to Drawing, Portland Community College, (Community Education) Portland, OR
2005-2007 Assistant to Kay Walkingstick
2004 Native American Center at Portland State University, Portland, OR Commission for Public Art – Permanent Marker System Design and Development
2002-2005 Apprentice to Lillian Pitt
2001-2004 Native American Student and Community Center, Portland State
University, Internship and Artist Council Member, Portland, OR
2012 Curatorial Consultant, Portland Art Museum, Native American Collection
2004 Moths Only Kiss on the Neck: Doves of Freedom, Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR
2004 Art Auction Benefit: a-ok, Beulahland, Portland, OR

CURATION
2010-2015 Curatorial Consultant, Portland Art Museum, Native American Collection
2004 Moths Only Kiss on the Neck: Doves of Freedom, Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR
2004 Art Auction Benefit: a-ok, Beulahland, Portland, OR