Join us for #CurtisFever happening
September 4-October 31, 2015 in Bend, Oregon.

A6’s “Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher,” opens Friday, September 4, 2015 in Bend, Oregon. This major exhibit presents 50+ original vintage photography prints by one of the most ambitious artists of the last century — Edward Curtis. A famous Seattle photographer, Curtis spent thirty years seeking out, photographing, and documenting native tribes across the American West, British Columbia and Alaska. His magnum opus, the 20-volume suite The North American Indian, remains one of the most thorough accounts of native tribes and their culture.

Discover Curtis’ photographic methods and the mostly-forgotten photogravure process used to etch photographic images into copper plates for printing. A wooden box camera, similar to one used by Curtis, is on display at A6 courtesy of The High Desert Museum.

Exhibit Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-7 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm

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Edward Curtis Exhibit Tours

Saturdays, 4 pm, Sep 12-Oct 31

A6 Docents lead a tour of the “Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher” exhibit each Saturday at 4 pm, starting September 12. Learn more.

Curtis Documentary: “Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and The North American Indian”

Sunday, 7 pm, Oct 25, A6 Gallery
Monday, 7 pm, Oct 26, A6 Gallery

A6 presents two screenings of this award-winning documentary by Native American director Anne Makepeace. Learn more.

Curtis Prints Available for Purchase

An incredibly rare opportunity, all of the original photogravure prints in A6’s “Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher” exhibit will be available for purchase. Learn more.


For Teachers

“Students to A6” School Program

A6 will offer a 90-minute Students to A6 program in tandem with the 2015  “Edward Curtis: Shadow Catcher” exhibit. In September and October, classes may visit A6 to tour the exhibit and learn about Curtis’ life, artistic process, and legacy—and examine how westward expansion and other influences prompted Curtis to undertake his Big Idea.

Students will then transition to A6’s professional print studio and discover modern-day methods for printing photographic images. Each student will hand print a keepsake Curtis image using solar plates and A6’s hand-operated etching presses. This program is suitable for grades 3 and up.

This program cost is $5/student; rural and underserved schools may attend free of charge thanks to advised funds granted through Oregon Community Foundation.

Interested teachers, parents and school administrators should contact A6 for more information.

Lend Your Support


Help bring great art and culture to Central Oregon communities and schools! Become an A6 sponsor and help support our programs and major exhibits. Call or email Dawn Boone, Executive Director at 541.330.8759.