About Beyond the Frame

About Beyond the Frame

What began as a coordinated endeavor by more than 20 organizations to recognize the work of North American Indian photographer Edward S. Curtis on his 150th birthday evolved into an opportunity to go “beyond the frame” with a community campaign that focuses on the role of Tribes and Native peoples the Pacific Northwest.

This could not have happened without the dedication of an Advisory Group that over the course of two years challenged itself to create a campaign that, while rooted in Curtis’ era, is today relevant, engaging, and ethical.

Beyond the Frame has benefited immeasurably from feedback and ideas offered by Community Advisors, a group that includes members of a half-dozen tribes, as well as input from Native friends and consultants.

We aren’t finished! If your organization would like to sponsor Beyond The Frame events and more, please email us at: btfcoordinator@gmail.com

For media inquiries, contact: Chris Nelson, Pyramid Communications: cnelson@pyramidcommunications.com

Call For Proposals: Beyond The Frame – To Be Native Symposium — Apply Here!

Native Leaders Introduce Beyond The Frame – To Be Native

Explore what it means to be Native, beyond the frame that Edward S. Curtis created when set out to capture what he thought was a “disappearing race”.

Watch to learn what local Native leaders have to say about the central role that Native perspectives must play when discussing the works of Edward S. Curtis.

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Edward Curtis 150 Advisory Group
  • Barbara Brotherton
    Curator of Native American Art, Seattle Art Museum
  • Brian J. Carter
    Heritage Program, 4Culture
  • Jodee Fenton
    Managing Librarian, The Seattle Public Library
  • Shannon Kopelva (Hopi)
    Beyond the Frame –To Be Native Coordinator
  • Sandra Kroupa
    Book Arts and Rare Books Curator, University of Washington
  • Fidelma McGinn
    Vice President, Philanthropic Services, Seattle Foundation
  • Lydia Sigo (Suquamish)
    Curator and Activist, The Suquamish Museum
  • Jeff Smith (Makah)
    Executive Director Native Program Committee
  • Lizabeth A. Wilson
    Dean of University Libraries, University of Washington Libraries
  • Robert Winquist
    Collector & Rainier Club Representative
Community Advisors
  • Virginia Anderson
    Community Leader & Board Member, Cornish College of the Arts
  • Dana Arviso, M.Ed., (Diné)
    Executive Director, Potlatch Fund
  • John Curran
    Vice President, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Former)
  • Debbie Degabrielle
    CEO, Degabrielle Consulting
  • Darrell Hillaire (Lummi)
    Former Chairman of the Lummi Nation, Executive Director, Setting Sun Productions
  • C. David Hughbanks
    Community Leader & Trustee, The Blodel Reserve
  • Debra Lekanof (Tlingit)
    Governmental Affairs Director, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Jaime Martin (Snoqualmie)
    Executive Director, Governmental Affairs & Special Projects, Snoqualmie Tribe
  • Vicki Phillips
    Former K-12 Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Vivian Phillips
    Chair, Seattle Arts Commission
  • Chris Stearns (Navajo)
    President, Board of Directors, President of Seattle Indian Health Board
  • Christopher B. Teuton (Cherokee Nation)
    Professor and Chair of Department of American Indian Studies, University of Washington
  • Emily Washines (Yakama)
    Community Advisor, Yakama Nation 
  • Tracey Wickersham
    Cultural Tourism Director, Visit Seattle
Participating Organizations
  • 4Culture
  • Burke Museum
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
  • Frye Art Museum
  • Gallery One
  • Gary Stroutsos
  • Hugo House
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
  • Methow Arts Alliance
  • Moses Lake Museum and Arts Center
  • Museum of History & Industry
  • Museum of Northwest Art
  • North Central Regional Library
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • The Seattle Public Library
  • Suquamish Museum
  • Tacoma Art Museum
  • University of Washington American Indian Studies
  • Hibulb Cultural Center
  • John Wasko, Seattle Storyteller’s Guild
  • Wanapum Heritage Centery
  • Washington Indian Arts and Crafts Project
  • Washington State Convention Center
  • Wenatchee River Salmon Festival 
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
  • Yakama Nation Museum 
Thank you to our sponsors!
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. Presenting Sponsor
  • 4Culture
  • Boeing
  • Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation
  • Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
  • The Seattle Public Library Foundation
  • Snoqualmie Tribe
  • Walker Family Foundation
  • Washington Indian Gaming Association
  • Starbucks
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Wyman Youth Trust
  • Icicle Fund
  • Museum of History & Industry
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Children of the Setting Sun Productions
  • Seattle Foundation
  • Potlatch Fund
  • Pyramid Communications
  • Tatoosh Media
  • Visit Seattle
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Code of Ethics

It is important that the work of the project be guided by an agreed upon Code of Ethics. Toward that end, it is hereby agreed that this project will:

  • Promote the empowerment and self-determination of Native Peoples.
  • Invite a diverse range of voices and views to learn with, and from, each other.
  • Work towards creating new and forward-thinking conversations regarding Curtis’ work, Native Peoples, and the representation of people of color.
  • Promote an understanding of contemporary Native American life. We walk through life together, at this moment, in this place.
  • Be responsive to the needs of the individuals and communities with which we work.
  • Work towards positive change in our communities and region.
  • Provide the individuals and communities with whom we work the right support, information and preparation to fulfill their responsibilities.
  • Mindfully consider funding sources and make conscious choices that respect the experiences and values of our project partners.