RESIDENCY: Yehaw Artist Residency
Yehaw Artist Residency: Celebrate Indigenous artists at Seattle Central Public Library. During October and November 2018, each resident will activate the 8th floor gallery for 3 sessions through artwork displays, live-art making, and community engagement activities, all relating to themes of environmental justice.
Ready to follow the river? Spend time with printmaker Fox Spears whose arts will center around the theme of water - relationships that plants, animals, and humans have formed with rivers over time. Fox’s inspiration comes from the Klamath River, where his Karuk ancestors lived since time immemorial, as well as the river systems in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about pattern making with Fox on the following Saturdays: November 10, 17, 24, from 11am-5pm.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Returning
Crow's Shadow is excited to present an invitational group exhibition of works by artists who attend bi-annual monotype printmaking sessions in the studio. Returning highlights a selection of remarkable works made in the Crow’s Shadow studio outside of the artist residencies. These ten printmakers have been coming to the studio for about eight years; initially for more structured workshop retreats organized through the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Community Education program, and more recently, through renting the studio as an independent collective. They have developed a wonderful rapport with one another as well as the studio. Converging for these intensely generative studio sessions has also enriched their individual art practices, providing lasting motivation as they return to their homes across Oregon and Washington.
Viewed together, the prints in Returning share a deep connection through the place where they were made; with many of the artists drawing inspiration from the landscapes and colors of Eastern Oregon.
Artwork will be on display October 13 to November 16, 2018 at Crow’s Shadow. Opening reception is on Saturday, October 13, from 4:00-6:00 pm.
PUBLIC TALK: Claiming Identity: Self-Representation & Continuous Cultural Invention
Claiming Identity: Self-Representation & Cultural Invention
An artist-centered conversation on the power and politics of self-representation and its importance moving forward in depictions of Native American cultures. Featuring three artists from In Red Ink whose work fosters conversations on contemporary constructions of indigenous identity and reinforces continuous cultural invention. Artists: Natalie Ball, Fox Anthony Spears, and Shirod Younker. Moderator: Ryan! Feddersen. August 11, 2018; 3pm-4:30pm. Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA.
PUBLIC WORKSHOPS: Drop-In Studio Sessions at SAM
In the spirit of Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson, Seattle Art Museum is hosting weekly drop-in art studio sessions led by local Native artists for all ages during the summer of 2018. Join Fox Spears in the studio on July 1st, 8th, and 15th as he leads visitors in a monotype workshop exploring his use of geometric patterns found on the Karuk basketry of his ancestors. 11am-1pm in SAM's Chase Open Studio.
GROUP EXHIBITION: In Red Ink
A major exhibit of recent works by over 20 contemporary Native American artists, curated by artist RYAN! Feddersen (Okanogan /Arrow Lakes), with Chloe Dye Sherpe. In Red Ink, forms a corrective lens on stereotypical and historicized depictions of Native American identity by highlighting artists who are addressing their own histories and traditions while simultaneously reflecting their current realities within a living culture. Native American art and culture isn’t created in a vacuum or a vitrine: it reflects pop culture, politics, activism, technology, and self-awareness. In Red Ink, represents a breadth and depth of work in a variety of mediums by artists hailing from tribes across the extended Pacific Northwest and beyond. July 7 – September 23, 2018. Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA.
FELLOWSHIP: First Peoples Fund - Artists in Business Leadership Program
First Peoples Fund, a Native-led nonprofit that supports Indigenous artists across the country, recently selected artist, Fox Spears (Karuk) to receive a $7,500 grant as part of its Artist in Business Leadership grant program.
“We are proud to continue to grow our First Peoples Fund family,” said Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota), president. “We believe in the power of artists and artist entreprenuers, because when they grow as individuals, the illuminate a pathway for others to follow. Their success creates a ripple effect that reaches out to their families, their communties and beyond.”
The Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship is one of two annual Fellowship programs awarded by First Peoples Fund. While the Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship nurtures and guides the business development goals of Native artists, Cultural Capital Fellowship places emphasis on supporting individuals whose work focuses on passing down ancestral knowledge. Both fellowship programs aim to increase artists’ capacity to succeed and create impact in their communities. This year, the two programs selected a total of 25 Native artists from all across the country to be awarded fellowships.
First Peoples Fund, based in Rapid City, South Dakota, focuses on honoring and supporting the essential role of artists and culture bearers within Indigenous communities. In addition to their fellowship and grants programs, First Peoples Fund also helps support the inclusion of the arts in communities through values-based workshops, community arts classes, youth programming and nation-wide partnerships with other organizations invested in the arts.
First Peoples Fund fellowships are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Bush Foundation, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, HRK Foundation, Surdna Foundation. Founded in 1995, First Peoples Fund's mission is to honor and support the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers.
NEWS: City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's Ethnic Artists Roster
Updating that Fox has been selected for inclusion in the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture's Ethnic Artists Roster from a recent 2017 selection process.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Lineage: Living Traditions of Line, Shape, and Design
Fox will have monotype prints included in a show titled Lineage: Living Traditions of Line, Shape, and Design that will be on display November 7th through December 8th, 2017. Work will be on exhibit at Goudi'ni Arts Gallery at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.
PUBLIC PROJECT: In the Spirit - Northwest Native Festival
In the Spirit: Northwest Native Festival encompasses a day of dancing, drumming, singing, and shopping with a diverse group of Native American artists. The event is being held at Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum with free admission to both locations from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. As one of the festival activities, Fox will be working with the public on a printmaking-based project in the TAM Studio. Stop by and make some art!
WORKSHOP: Tacoma Art Museum's Teen Art Council
Fox will be leading a monotype printmaking workshop for Tacoma Art Museum's Teen Art Council on Wednesday, August 16th. Collaborative works created during this workshop will be auctioned off at the TAM Gala 2017 in October to support museum programs.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Emergent
Fox is participating in Emergent: New Voices from Pratt Fine Arts Center with four new monotype prints on display. Work will be up January 11th through February 19th, 2017 at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle, WA. Artist's Reception is January 14th from 5-8 pm.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Protect the Sacred
Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock is an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art curated by Asia Tail (Cherokee) on view at Spaceworks Gallery in Tacoma, WA from December 31st, 2016 to February 16th, 2017. Opening reception will be held Thursday, January 19th from 6-9pm.
SOLO EXHIBITION: Medicine Papers
A selection of over 60 monotype prints by Fox are on display at BallardWorks in Seattle during August and September, 2016.
AWARD: Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship
Fox has been selected as one of four recipients for the 2016 Edwin T. Pratt Scholarship offered by Pratt Fine Arts Center. This award is made possible by financial support from The Seattle Foundation's GiveTogether program and is meant to provide opportunities for artists of color to advance their careers through education and exposure. Artists will receive a $2500 credit at Pratt Fine Arts Center to use toward classes/fees and a $500 stipend for supplies, along with a Master Level Membership. All four recipients will be showcased together in a public presentation event as well as in a feature article in @Pratt Magazine.
PUBLICATION: Four Winds Native American Literary Journal
Poetry and artwork by Fox are included in Issue 3 (The Strong Women Edition) of Four Winds: A Native American Literary Journal. The subject matter of this issue is "Taking Back Tiger Lily" and includes work by multiple Native writers and artists.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Reflections on the Columbia Plateau
Some of Fox's monotype prints are included in this group exhibit of work made by artists over the years at Crow's Shadow workshops offered through Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Prints will initially be on display in Gallery 214 at the PNCA in Portland, OR from October 2nd through October 31st, 2014. The second phase of the exhibit will be at both Crow's Shadow Institute and Pendleton Center for the Arts in Pendleton, OR from February 5th through February 27th, 2015.
PUBLICATION: Kimiwan Zine
Fox has work included in the latest issue (released November 2014) of Kimiwan Zine. The Indigenous Futurisms Issue (#8) is guest-edited by Elizabeth Aileen LaPensée and includes work by a wide variety of Native artists.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Bury My Art At Wounded Knee
Some of Fox's work will be included in an exhibition at Pacific Northwest College of Art titled Bury My Art At Wounded Knee: Blood and Guts in the Art School Industrial Complex. This exhibit is organized as a thesis evolution by Demian Dine' Yazhi' and will be on display from December 5th to December 28th 2013. 1241 NW Johnson Street, Portland, Oregon.
MENTION: 15 Twitter Accounts Every Native Should Follow
Robohontas brought up the end of this list of 15 Twitter Accounts Every Native Should Follow compiled by Indian Country Today Media Network. To quote: Part indigenous woman, part robot, part golden Barbie doll -- we are not quite sure we understand what Robohontas is or wants to be, but she tweets good links and daily wise quotes from her blog. And we hope there is a Robohontas movie someday, with lots of action and ass-kicking. And we hope it is not produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
GROUP EXHIBITION: In the Spirit
Two monotype prints are included among the almost thirty works of art shown in In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts. The exhibit will be on display at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma from June 8th through August 18th, 2013.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Fixing the Earth: NOW!
Fixing the Earth: NOW sheds light on the traditional tribal practice of healing the earth through World Renewal Ceremonies. The exhibit highlights an on-going dialogue about World Renewal and art between the artists, cultural leaders and community members. Goudi'ni Gallery, Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Humboldt State University Campus, Union Street at 16th Street. Arcata, CA. February 21 - April 27, 2013, Monday - Wednesday, 12-5 p.m. Opening Reception: Thursday, February 21, 5 - 7 p.m.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Pressed to the EDGE
Selected prints by 2012 Seattle EDGE Graduates will be shown at the Corridor Gallery in the Tashiro Kaplan Building at 306 South Washington Street in downtown Seattle. Opening reception is Thursday, February 7th, 2013 from 5pm to 9pm. Fox has four monotype prints included in the show.
EVENT: SAM Remix - Highly Opinionated Tours
Celebrate summer at the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park during a special evening of performances, talks, dancing and more at this late-night creative explosion. Activities include "My Favorite Things: Highly Opinionated Tours—The Park After Dark," led by curator and gallerist Bryan Ohno, artist Fox Spears, Rachael Faust of the Henry Art Gallery, poet and writer Storme Webber and more! Friday, August 24th, 2012 from 8pm to midnight.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Artist Trust’s EDGE Program 2012 Seattle Cohort Show
Join Fox and the other Artist Trust EDGE Program for Visual Artists gang for a one-night-only group show! Coinciding with Ballard ARTWalk, it will be held at Ballard Works studios on Saturday, August 11th. Wine and snacks will be served. 6PM to 9PM at 2856 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA.
EVENT: Artist Trust’s EDGE Program Grand Finale
The EDGE Program for Visual Artists through Artist Trust provides selected artists the opportunity to build community through peer support and to acquire the relevant entrepreneurial skills in order to achieve their personal career goals. EDGE offers a comprehensive survey of professional practices through a hands-on, intensive curriculum that includes instruction by professionals in the field, specialized presentations, panel discussions and assignments. At the grand finale, they’ll show a glimpse of the refined promotional skills they achieved. Friday, August 3rd, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 1st Ave, Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98101.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Rootbound: Heaven and Earth IV
The Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is proud to partner again with the Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation to bring the fourth exhibition of temporary, outdoor artwork to one of Seattle's premier urban forests from June 23, 2012-October 31, 2012. Fox's installation titled: I Will Go Out and Not Come Back will be included along with the work of twelve other artists.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Drawing Connections - Celebrating Native American Art & Culture
Prints and ink drawings by Fox are currently on display along with work by other Native American artists. Show is at the Multicultural Center on the UC Berkeley campus and runs through January 28th, 2012.
EVENT/EXHIBITION: 2011 CoCA Annual 24 Hour Art Marathon
A 24 hour non stop art marathon, featuring 28 emerging and established artists started at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 12, and ended at 9:00 am Sunday.. Next Saturday, November 19th the work will be auctioned off to benefit both the artists and CoCA. This was the 19th Annual Art Marathon that the Center on Contemporary Arts has produced. It was held at the Seattle Design Center. Fox created four mixed/media paintings and five small ink drawings.
EVENT/EXHIBITION: Hot One Inch Action
Saturday November 5, 2011 from 8-11pm at The Piranha Shop. Hot One Inch Action is the original, one-night only show of button art and social interaction that started in Vancouver, BC in 2004. The tiny art of fifty different artists is reproduced on one inch buttons. These one inch buttons are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy randomly selected buttons in mixed bags of five for $5. Didn’t get the button you want? Trade with the people around you… how bad do you want that button?! That’s when the hot action starts.
GROUP EXHIBITION: 10.22.38 Astoria at FICTILIS
Opening reception Thursday November 3rd 6-9pm. This November, FICTILIS presents a gallery-wide installation/exhibition celebrating the art of xerography (photocopying). The FICTILIS space will transform into a pop-up copy shop that is pre-stocked with a wide selection of ready-to-copy artworks, by artists from Seattle and beyond, which will blanket the space’s 17-ft-high walls. Visitors can use on-site copy machines to interact with the collection in several ways and contribute to its evolution over the course of the exhibition. Fox is one of over 90 artists participating in the exhibition.
NEW WORK: Drawings on Etsy
New small-scale ink and watercolor drawings by Fox are now available online via Etsy.
NEWS: From the River Collective
Selected monotype prints will be available by September, 2011 through From the River Collective, a collection of Northern California Indian Artists from the Klamath and Trinity rivers in the Northern most part of California.
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PUBLICATION: Visual Anthropology Review 27(1):57-74
The artwork from Ethnographic Terminalia 2010: New Orleans was recently published in Visual Anthropology Review (2011). Two of Fox's color pencil drawings were included in the exhibition and one is shown in the article "Ethnographic Terminalia 2010: New Orleans—27 Works" by Kate Hennessy, Fiona P. McDonald, Trudi Lynn Smith, Stephanie Takaragawa. (Participation was under the name: Anthony Callaway.)
EVENT: First Thursday Art Walk - Chief Seattle Club
Chief Seattle Club's First Thursday Art Walk on July 7th, 2011 will feature guest artist Fox Anthony Spears along with member artists from 5pm to 8pm. Come meet and talk with the artists and enjoy refreshments. All sales by member artists support the CSC Art Program!
GROUP EXHIBITION: RoCo's 6x6x2011 Global
Fox is one of the artists participating in the fourth exhibition and sale of thousands of original artworks at Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo). The online 6x6x2011 gallery has been launched for viewing and artworks can be viewed in person at RoCo from June 4 - July 10, 2011. Each work is 6x6 square inches and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. All works will be for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo.
NEW WORK: PNCA Crow's Shadow Retreat
Fox attended a four-day monotype print workshop offered through Pacific Northwest College of Art and Crow's Shadow Institute for the second year in a row. He has created over forty new prints; expanding on his work from the previous year where he created approximately ninety individual monotype prints.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Full Slice of Pie
A photographic work by Fox will be on display in "Full Slice of Pie: Of Naturalness and Evolution of the Female Body," a show exploring ideas within society that have caused women of the 2000’s to evolve they way they have – from the perceived “raw naturalness” of the 70’s female body toward a constant need to upgrade and homogenize. The show is being put together by curatorial collective DameBuilder and will be on display at the Twilight Artist Collective from March 6th to April 7th, 2011. Opening reception is March 10th from 6-9pm.
GROUP EXHIBITION: Pi'eep karu Payeem - Long Ago and Now
This community-led exhibit on the continuity of Karuk culture and art opened at the Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka, CA on December 18th, 2010. A large section dedicated to contemporary Karuk artists is also on exhibit, which includes two of Fox Anthony's paintings. After one year, this exhibit will travel to the Karuk People's Center in Happy Camp, CA to be exhibited for another year. (Participation was under the name: Anthony Callaway.)
GROUP EXHIBITION: Ethnographic Terminalia 2010
Ethnographic Terminalia New Orleans was an exhibition of over 20 local, national and international artists and anthropologists who work at the intersection of art and anthropology. From November 11 – December 3, 2010, Ethnographic Terminalia was on exhibit at the Du Mois Gallery in Uptown New Orleans in the Freret commercial corridor with an extension space Barrister’s Gallery in the St. Claude Arts District. Two of Fox's drawings were included in this exhibit. An academic publication on the exhibit is forthcoming. (Participation was under the name: Anthony Callaway.)
EVENT: Potlatch Fund Gala
The Potlatch Fund Gala builds upon the giving tradition of the potlatch by bringing together Tribal and grassroots Native leaders, foundation and corporate representatives and many generous donors. The 8th Annual Potlatch Fund Gala was held Saturday, November 20th, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seattle, WA. Over 400 attendees, representing twenty-five Tribes helped to raise more than $100,000. For the first time, it also incorporated a Silent Native Art Auction that included two of Fox's monotype prints. (Participation was under the name: Anthony Callaway.)
GROUP EXHIBITION: B.E.S.T. of First Nations
Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham, WA was honored to participate in the promotion and preservation of the rich heritage of First Nations’ culture by presenting their first annual Native Art Show entitled "The B.E.S.T. of First Nations: Expressions of Beauty, Eloquence, Strength, and Tenacity". The show hung in the gallery from November 3rd through November 26, 2010. Three prints by Fox were included in the show. (Participation was under the name: Anthony Callaway.)
EVENT: CoCA Seattle Art Marathon
A 24 hour non stop art marathon, featuring 30 emerging and established artists started at 9:00 am on Thursday, October 7, and ended at 9:00 am Friday, October 8. Nine hours later, on Friday night, the work was auctioned to benefit both the artists and CoCA. This was the 18th Annual Art Marathon that the Center on Contemporary Arts has produced. It was held at the Globe Building in Pioneer Square and coincided with the First Thursday artwalk. Fox created six works of art during this event that were subsequently sold at the auction. (Participation was under the name: Anthony Callaway.)
PROGRAM: 2009 Emerging Artist Program Recipient
As part of the National Museum of the American Indian's Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program, Fox was selected in 2009 as the first Emerging College Artist. The Emerging Artist Program seeks to enhance the artistic growth of emerging artists in high school and college. This program aims to rebuild cultural self-confidence, enable artists to think more broadly about themselves while providing the art student with new learning environments and resources of cultural materials. The selected artists participate in a five-day visit to Washington, D.C., to conduct research in the collections of the NMAI and other area museums; conduct staff presentations at the NMAI; and participate in a recorded interview. The participant is provided with professional training services that may include grant writing, web portfolio, marketing and career strategies, and business and leadership development sessions. Upon returning to college, the student will create a new artwork and provide photographic documentation that may be used in future NMAI projects or publications. (Participation was under the name: Anthony Callaway.)