Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Shirod Younker is a Portland-based printmaker and member of the Coquille Indian Tribe who plans to bring workshops to Native youth in both rural and urban communities throughout the coming year. Exploring such techniques as relief cut printmaking, monotype, and drypoint, Younker will offer all these techniques in workshops coordinated with arts organizations and tribal youth programs. His efforts to bring contemporary art to outlying communities will introduce new avenues of expression for Native youth. Working with a knowledge of traditional design and art from along the Columbia River, Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon Coast, Younker draws from a host of source material to create prints that explore a wide range of formal and political themes, exploring traditional weaving patterns as well as figurative scenes with historical and contemporary resonances. Having received a BFA in sculpture from Oregon State University, Younker works as a summer program manager for “Journeys in Creativity” at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. He has received a number of commissions, including an illustration series for the Oregon Department of Education and a commemorative print for the Mill Luck Salmon Celebration, “Miluk” being the language used by Coos and Coquille people from his area.

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