Plateau Fish Trap, 2015

Joe Feddersen
(American | Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, born 1953)

Location: Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane


Artist Joe Feddersen's glass and aluminum sculpture Plateau Fish Trap is based on and inspired by the fish traps of the local Plateau Native people of Eastern Washington. Feddersen's design celebrates the ingenuity and architectural beauty of these fish traps. It is installed at Spokane Falls Community College, located along the Spokane River in Northeast Washington. The sculpture reflects a historic relationship to the land while "speaking to the importance of the fisheries, especially the salmon that sustain our people."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane.


Artist Joe Feddersen is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Northeastern Washington. His work explores indigenous landscapes and icons, and the relationship between contemporary and native symbolism. He creates artworks in an array of mediums, including printmaking, photography, collage, and works in glass.
Feddersen is an emeritus professor at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Western Washington. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives and works in the small town of Omak, in Northeastern Washington.

Material CategorySculpture - glass
MediumFused glass, copper wire, and aluminum rod
Dimensions4 ft 5 in diameter x 9 ft 5 in length (irregular dimensions)
ID NumberWSAC2013.012.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyCommunity Colleges of Spokane
Artwork LocationSpokane Falls Community College
Building 30 (Falls Gateway), main stairway
WA CountySpokane
Site TypeCollege
Address3410 W Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, WA 99224
Geo. Coordinates47.675829 | -117.463950
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