Lillian Pitt, Special Guest Speaker

We were very hon­ored to have our spe­cial guest speaker Lil­lian Pitt on our stage.  She is a for­mer OPA mem­ber, and will be dis­cussing her masks and other works.

Please join us this Fri­day, from 5:30 — 7:00 pm.

Lillian-150Lil­lian Pitt is a Native Amer­i­can artist from the Big River (Colum­bia River) region of the Pacific North­west. Born on the Warm Springs Reser­va­tion in Ore­gon, she is a descen­dent of Wasco, Yakama, and Warm Springs people.

She is one of the most highly regarded Native Amer­i­can artists in the Pacific North­west. Her works have been exhib­ited and reviewed region­ally, nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally, and she has been the recip­i­ent of numer­ous awards and dis­tinc­tions. Her awards include the 2007 Earle A. Chiles Award for Life­time Achieve­ment, and the 1990 Governor’s Award of the Ore­gon Arts Com­mis­sion, which declared that she had made “sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the growth and devel­op­ment of the cul­tural life of Oregon.”

Every­thing I do, regard­less of the medium, is directly related to hon­or­ing my ances­tors and giv­ing voice to the peo­ple, the envi­ron­ment and the ani­mals. It’s all about main­tain­ing a link with tra­di­tion, and about hon­or­ing the many con­tri­bu­tions my ances­tors have made to this world.”

Pri­mar­ily a sculp­tor and mixed media artist, Lillian’s life­time of works include artis­tic expres­sions in clay, bronze, wear­able art, prints, and most recently, glass. The focus of her work draws on over 12,000 years of Native Amer­i­can his­tory and tra­di­tion of the Colum­bia River region. Regard­less of the medium she chooses to use, Lillian’s con­tem­po­rary works are all aimed at giv­ing voice to her people.

Lillian’s works are found in per­sonal col­lec­tions, art gal­leries and muse­ums. They are also found in numer­ous pub­lic spaces includ­ing parks, schools and cul­tural insti­tu­tions through­out the region. Her most recent pub­lic works are fea­tured at the Van­cou­ver Land Bridge, one of the seven “con­flu­ence” projects along the Colum­bia River, designed by inter­na­tion­ally renowned archi­tect Maya Lin.gallery

View her web­site

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