S O L O E X H I B I T I O N S
2021 Ghost Rider. Ditch Projects. Springfield, Oregon
2020 A Lie Nation, Alienation. At Liberty Arts Collaborative, Bend, Oregon
Un-Erasing. Nine Gallery. Portland, Oregon
2019 A Lie Nation, Alienation: New Paintings. Stumptown Artist Fellowship. Portland, Oregon
Marks From A Journey Home. Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University. Corvallis, Oregon
S E L E C T E D G R O U P E X H I B I T I O N S
2022 MESH. Curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.
Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea. This is a multi-year Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative project organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Traveling to The Boise Art Museum, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and Whatcom Museum.
2021 MESH. Curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby. Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.
Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea. This is a multi-year Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative project organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Traveling to The Boise Art Museum, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, and Whatcom Museum.
A Critical Conversation. ANTI-AESTHETIC Gallery, Eugene, Oregon
2020 Eartha. Adams and Ollman Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Portraiture from the Collection of Northwest Art. Curated by Storm Tharp and Grace Kook-Anderson. Portland Art Museum. Portland, Oregon
Making a Better Painting: Thinking Through Practice. Exhibit and Symposium. Curated by Cara Tomlinson, Elise Richman, Cynthia Camlin, Tia Factor, Sylvan
Lionni, Amy Chaloupka, Kevin Bell. Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College. Portland, Oregon
Native Portraiture: Power and Perception. Tacoma Art Museum. Tacoma, Washington.
2019 Portland 2019 Biennial. Curated by Yaelle S. Amir, Elisheba Johnson, and Ashley Stull. Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
Water Shapes the West. Prints, Painting, and Drum Glyph: Cordage, + Hitchhiker Installation. High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon
2018 Reverence. Natalie Ball, Rick Bartow, Ka'ila Farrell-Smith. The Little Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
In Red Ink. Curated by RYAN! Federsen. Museum of Contemporary Northwest Art, La Conner, Washington
America Likes Me. Curated by Josephine Zarkovich, Linfield Gallery, McMinnville, Oregon
Woven. Curated by Todd Clark. Port of Portland, Portland Airport, Oregon
Conversations in The Round House: Roots, Roads and Ritual. Curated by Cheryl Hartup and Danielle Knapp. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon
2017 Out of Sight. Curated by Ben Heywood, Greg Lundgren, S. Surface and Justen Waterhouse. Schoenfelds’ Building, Seattle, Washington
from which we rise. Curated by Satpreet Kahlon. The Alice Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Celilo Falls: The Center of the Universe. Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery, Salem, Oregon
Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock. Curated by Asia Tail. Spaceworks Gallery, Tacoma, Washington
Linda Hodges Gallery, Duo Show with Patti Bowman. Seattle, Washington
Many Lands. Curated by Ben Gannon. Bridge Productions, Seattle, Washington
2016 What's the Story. Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, Washington
The Crossing over Place. Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, David Huffman, Nadia Myre, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Justen Waterhouse. Curated by Justen Waterhouse. Institute New Connotative Action (INCA), Seattle, Washington
Out of Sight. Curated by Greg Lundgren, Sierra Stinson, Minh Nguyen, Julia Fryett, Beth Sellars, Molly Sides, Scott Lawrimore, Justen Waterhouse. King Street Station, Seattle, Washington
IMNDN: Woven | Contemporary Native Basketry. Curated by Todd Clark. Schingoethe Center at Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois
Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art, 1977-2015. Curated by Gail Tremblay and Miles Miller. Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana Northwest Art Now @ TAM. Co-curated by Rock Hushka & Juan Roselione-Valadez. Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Art. Washington History Museum, Tacoma, Washington
IMNDN Series:Woven | The Art of Contemporary Native Basketry. Curated by Todd Clark. Archer Gallery, Vancouver, Washington
2003 Giovani Pulscioni. Arte Contemporaneo Cortona, Medici Fortress, Cortona, Italy
P E R M A N E N T C O L L E C T I O N S
2021 Vision Quest Glyphology. Oil painting, 2013. 72” x 48,” Kamiak Elementary School, Pullman, Washington. Curated by RYAN! Feddersen.
2018 Enrollment. Oil painting in the Permanent Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Eugene, Oregon
2012 After Boarding School: In Mourning. Permanent Collection purchased with funds from the Native American Art Council, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
P U B L I C A T I O N S
2021 The BEAR A/PART #38. Orlo curated by Kristin Rogers Brown. Ka’ila is a Sponsoring Artist, nominated and interviewed RYAN! Feddersen.
2020 Fire Season. Edited by Armory Abbott and Liz Toohey-Wiese. Printed by First Choice Books in Canada.
Making a Better Painting: Thinking Through Practice. Exhibition and Symposium Lewis & Clark College Catalog. Photography by Aaron Johanson, Mario Gallucci, Cara Tomlinson, and Juequian Fang. Catalog Design by Martha Lewis.
2019 Basalt: dark-colored, fine-grained. Volume 13, number 1 | 2019. Editor David Axelrod, Contributing Editors James Crews, Jodi Varon, Web Editor James Benton, Web Design Chris Jennings, Graphic Design redbat design. College of Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences, Eastern Oregon University.
C O M M I S S I O N S
2019 Water in the West. Drum, Cordage + Hitchhiker Installation. High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon
2017 Abstract Painting Installation. Four (4’ x 4’) Abstract Paintings. Ilani Casino Resort, Cowlitz Tribe. Ridgefield, Washington
E D U C A T I O N
2014 M.F.A. Contemporary Art Practices/ Studio degree program, Portland State University (PSU). Portland, Oregon
2004 B.F.A. Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). Portland, Oregon
A W A R D S | G R A N T S
2020 Fields Artist Fellowship. Oregon Humanities and Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon
2019 Fields Artist Fellowship. Oregon Humanities and Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon
2018 Golden Spot Award, Ford Family Foundation. Crows Shadow Residency. Umatilla, Oregon
2017 Ford Foundation Fellowship, Ucross Foundation Residency Program. Sheridan, Wyoming
Researcher Grant. Bill Holm Center, Burke Museum. University of Washington. Seattle, Washington
2016 Native Arts Grant. Potlatch Fund, Seattle, Washington
Honoring the Northwest Award. ‘In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts Exhibit.’ Washington Historical Society, Tacoma, Washington.
Professional Development Grant. Funding for Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Regional Art’s and Culture
Council (RACC) Portland, Oregon
P R O F E S S I O N A L A C T I V I T I E S
2020 Board Member. Rogue Climate, Pheonix, Oregon
Ascend Printmaking Collaborative. Organized by Kanani Miyamoto and Stephanie Fogel. Project Grant support from RACC, Portland, Oregon
Rural + Tribal Community Director, Signal Fire. Artist + Creative Agitator Residency Program. Chiloquin, Oregon
2019 Rural + Tribal Community Director, Signal Fire. Artist + Creative Agitator Residency Program. Chiloquin, Oregon
2018 Paddles, 5 Prayers. Apprentice/Mentorship with Shirod Younker. Native Arts & Culture Foundation. (2017-2018)
Community Coordinator, Co-Director. Signal Fire, Artist + Creative Agitator Residency Program. Portland, Oregon
2017 Artist Presentation + Museum Guide for MEPI Student Leaders Program. Middle-East Partnership Initiative with Portland State University at the Portland Art
Museum, Portland, Oregon
Artist Presentation. Dispatch, First 100 Days. PICA, Portland, Oregon
Co-Director. Signal Fire. Artist + Creative Agitator Residency Program. Portland, Oregon
Steering Committee Member. Journeys in Creativity. Native American pre-college, full-residency art camp. OCAC. Portland, Orego
2015 Visiting Artist. Integrated Practices, MFA in Craft, Oregon College of Arts and Craft (OCAC), Portland, Oregon
No Boundaries Field Guide. Workshop for Journeys in Creativity students exploring the "No Boundaries: Contemporary Aboriginal Painting" Exhibit. Portland
Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland, Oregon
T E A C H I N G
2018 Portland State University."Decolonizing Via Indigenous Art," INST 410. Winter Term. Portland, Oregon
2017 Portland State University: "Decolonizing Via Indigenous Art," INST 410. Winter 2017. Portland, Oregon
2015 Portland Community College: Sylvania Campus, Portland, OR. Art Instructor (Spring 2015-Fall 2015). Professor of Painting & Drawing 131 A, B, C and
231 A, B, C.
A. Susana Santos: Journeys in Creativity Native Youth Art Camp: Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon
Mentor and Art Instructor (2012-Present) ‘Introduction to Painting’ workshop 2013 and ‘Monotype’ workshop 2014.
2005 Siletz Tribe: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Art Instructor (2005-2004) 3-day tribal youth camp, ages 7-16 for the Siletz Tribe.