Northwest Hires Native Art Instructor

Feb 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-3: Native Language, Tribal College News

Ramon Murillo has joined the staff of Northwest Indian College (NWIC) as the first full-time Native American art instructor on the main campus at Lummi, Wash. An experienced teacher, Murillo has taught traditional and fine arts to native students in Idaho, Alaska, Nevada, New Mexico, and Alberta, Canada. He made the move to NWIC from the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho, where he is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe. A life-long artist, Murillo is passionate about art, saying his art has been most influenced by the Creator and nature. He believes his “excitement combined with believing” leads to good work. His creations have won several awards and appeared in various publications.

In the future, Murillo would like to offer a non-toxic printmaking class. Murillo became interested in non-toxic techniques when his own health suffered from chemicals used with traditional techniques. He is the first person to receive a post-graduate degree from the Canadian School of Non-Toxic Printmaking. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Oregon. To avoid toxins, he etches images into film instead of copper and uses vegetable oil in place of paint thinner for clean up. The expense is similar to standard printmaking techniques, and there are positive benefits for both the artist and the environment, he said.

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