Artwork copyright Marvin Oliver. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Artwork copyright Marvin Oliver. Photo courtesy of the artist.

New Generations, 1997

Marvin Oliver
(American | Quinault | Isleta-Pueblo, born 1946, died 2019)

Location: Robert Frost Elementary, Pasco


Late Native American artist and master carver Marvin Oliver's print New Generations features an active combination of formline salmon figures and embossed forms representing salmon eggs. As a Native American artist working in the Coast Salish tradition, this artwork represents Oliver's connection with the traditions of his people's ancestors, the salmon, and his hope for future generations.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Pasco School District.


Late Seattle-based artist Marvin Oliver was a master carver, sculptor, and printmaker producing works in cedar, bronze, glass, steel, and paper.

Oliver worked within the traditions of Coastal Salish designs and themes, but he was also an important influence on contemporary Native American art and artists. He described his art as "formulated by merging the spirit of past traditions with those of the present... to create new horizons for the future." Many of his artworks express his ideas and Native American stories about life, time, traditions, ancestors, the universe, and his hope for future generations.

He was professor emeritus of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Native American Art at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, both in Seattle. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in 1970 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1973.

MediumEmbossed lithograph
Dimensions27 in x 34 in
ID NumberWSAC1999.042.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyPasco School District
Artwork LocationRobert Frost Elementary
First floor, 2nd grade hall
WA CountyFranklin
Site TypePublic School
Address1915 N 22nd Ave
Pasco, WA 99362
Geo. Coordinates46.247106 | -119.119085
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