RYAN! Feddersen: Coyote Now

February 9 – September 29, 2024

RYAN! Elizabeth Feddersen specializes in creating compelling site-specific installations and public artworks that invite people to consider their relationships to the environment, technology, society, and culture. Feddersen grew up in Wenatchee, as a part of a creative family with multiple cultural perspectives. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, from the Okanogan and Arrow Lakes bands, and is of mixed European descent. Utilizing metaphor, historical research, traditional Plateau storytelling, and pop culture influences, paired with printmaking, sculpture, performance, and digital tools, Feddersen creates visual allegories that provide the public with opportunities for exploration, introspection, and epiphany. She investigates creative strategies to activate engagement through interactive materials, crowd-sourced content, social practice, fun, and humor. These approaches enable her work to start conversations about a broad spectrum of subjects while promoting community learning.

RYAN! has created large-scale, site-specific pieces and interactive installations throughout North America, working with Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4culture, Regional Arts and Culture Counsel, ArtsWa, the Museum of Art & History Santa Cruz, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, City of Tacoma, Alternator Centre, Missoula Art Museum, University of Washington, Wellin Museum, the College of New Jersey, Northeastern University, and curated exhibitions for the New Burke Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, and Center for Contemporary Native Art at the Portland Art Museum. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cornish College of the Arts in 2009, and is now based in Tacoma, Washington.

Organized by the Boise Art Museum

Sponsored by the Steiner Family Foundation