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Joe Feddersen
Bio/CV | Website | #joe_feddersen

EXHIBITIONS

current
FEB 24 - JUNE 30, 2024
Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds From the Pacific Northwest, The musuem of Craft and Design, San Francisco CA

forthcoming
SEPT 28, 2024 – JAN 5, 2025
JOE FEDDERSEN: EARTH, WATER, SKY
Joe Feddersen: Earth, Water, Sky showcases the breadth of the artist’s 40-year career, including printmaking, glass, weaving, and ceramics. Moving fluidly among media, Feddersen has cultivated a visual vernacular that draws upon recognizable signs, symbols, and forms. He transforms the familiar into a world of juxtapositions that confront how we see, use, and treat the natural world. In so doing, Feddersen foregrounds his Plateau-Native viewpoint that values our interconnected relationships in the landscape. From miniatures to wall-sized installations, the exhibition features over 100 works and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue.
The Northwest Museum of Art and Culture
, Spokane WA
heather ahtone (Director of Curatorial Affairs, First Americans Museum, Oklahoma City) and Rachel Allen (MAC) are co-curating the exhibition and co-editing the catalogue.

SEPT 5 - NOV 10 
Indigenous Approaches, Sustainable Futures, Stockton University Art Gallery, Stockton NJ

past
Implict Explicit, curated by Meaghan Roddy at Hauser & Wirth, Downtown, LA
The Renwick Invitational:
Sharing Honors and Burdens, Washington DC ︎
The House Edge, Curated by Caitlin Chaisson at The Shelley & Donald Rubin, New York, NY
The Land Carries Our Ancestors: Contemorary Art by Native Americans, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Recent Work:︎ May 5-28, 2023, studio e, Seattle WA


Feddersen (b. 1953, Omak, WA) emerged in the 1980s as part of a new generation of Indigenous artists along with colleagues such as Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, Truman Lowe, Kay WalkingStick, and James Lavadour. Their generation was bolstered by a new found sense of unity and agency with grass-roots Native-run alternative spaces and community centers cropping up across the country.

Feddersen started out as a printmaker, his major at the University of Washington where he earned his B.F.A. While still grounded in printmaking’s layered imagery and processes, his repertoire has expanded to painting, photography, large-scale multi-media installations, collage, glass, and basket weaving. Throughout, Feddersen’s work explores his experiences in the world he inhabits as a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, a lineage grounded in the northern region of the historic Plateau territory. His work combines traditional Plateau imagery and techniques with references to the present day; geometric designs and motifs—mountains, elk, canoes, and petroglyphs—merge with geometries of the modern West—computer game animations, electrical towers, hard-edge abstraction, and graffiti. Feddersen’s work weaves its way through Indigenous thought and visual heritage, settler histories, and contemporary American art and culture.

Since completing his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989, Feddersen has  regularly exhibited both regionally and nationally. Concurrently, until 2009, he taught at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where he is now Emeritus Faculty.  In addition to the Invitational at the Renwick Gallery, this year Feddersen’s work will be featured in exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA., and Adams and Ollman in Portland, OR. In 2024 the Museum of Art and Culture in Spokane, WA, will present a major retrospective of the artist’s work. Feddersen’s work appears in numerous private, corporate and museum collections including the Seattle Art Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, Facebook in Redmond, WA, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.

Mark