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Coyote Now: RYAN! Feddersen. August 3 – October 21, 2018

You may have heard of Coyote’s epic feats, but what is he up to now?

Part graphic novel, part coloring book this immersive installation brings the adventures of Coyote to life.  From land use and climate change to our relationship with nature and technology, Coyote’s tale helps us explain our current world.

In North American indigenous folklore, Coyote can be brought back to life if any scrap of him (i.e. bones, fur, or body) remains after his death. Opening August First Friday, Artist RYAN! Feddersen invites you to help continue Coyote’s story into the 21st century. Using the Coyote bone crayons seen here, visitors drawings will become the scraps needed to bring Coyote back to life.

This floor-to-ceiling interactive art installation by Washington-based indigenous artist RYAN! Feddersen brings Coyote into the modern day adventures of the 21st century. Feddersen invites visitors to color in the drawings using handmade crayons shaped to look like coyote bones.

Feddersen is known for her playful, humorous style that honors an indigenous perspective. Straddling the future and tradition, even the coloring implements are a part of the story. In the same Okanagan Tribal tales, Coyote can be brought back to life if any scrap of him (i.e. bones, fur, or body) remains after his death. Feddersen created the Coyote bones – handmade crayons– so that the drawings would symbolically become the fragments of Coyote’s remains needed to bring him back to life.



RYAN! Feddersen Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (Okanogan / Arrow Lakes), is a mixed media installation artist living in Tacoma, WA. Feddersen’s work highlights indigenous methodologies and cultural identity, while giving the viewer a voice through hands on activities. Her approach emphasizes humor, play, creative engagement, and the power of community. Feddersen has created large-scale interactive installations and site-specific pieces throughout the region, working with Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Tacoma Art Museum, MoPOP (EMP), The Henry Gallery, Museum of Northwest Art, Spokane Arts, Spaceworks, and the Missoula Art Museum. Recently, Feddersen was named a 2018 National Fellow in Visual Arts with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

August First Friday, Opening Day | August 3rd, 10am-10pm

Artist Talk & Story Time with Ryan Feddersen | August 4th, 12pm

Coyote Trickster Medicine Workshop with Kanyon Sayers-Roods | September 13, 6pm