Alum Marvin Oliver's Gifts will Inspire, Inform Artists for Generations

Friday, July 19, 2019
Photo of Marvin Oliver with his arms folded in front of sculpture
Photo by Karen Orders/University of Washington

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY -- Oliver earned a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in 1970 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in 1973. He joined the University of Washington faculty in 1974 as professor of American Indian studies and art.

That same year he started Raven’s Feast in honor of Native American students from San Francisco State who had participated in the occupation of Alcatraz Island in an effort to get the U.S. to return the island to Native people in accordance with treaty language related to surplus federal lands. For nearly 45 years, Native American graduates have been honored at the Raven’s Feast dinner, in which each receives a Marvin Oliver silkscreen print.