Member Biography


"Beginning my life on a reservation cattle ranch, I have always been inspired by nature and my native heritage, taught to me by the legends of my grandparents. Art in the form of painting, printmaking and glass techniques have helped me to express my appreciation for these stories and the wisdom of my ancestors.

Currently I am returning to painting in oils, with the safer formulations of paint, and to printmaking, including pulling monoprints from paintings on plexiglas."


  • Presenter, Summer Art History Seminar, Evergreen State U, July 2003
  • Panel Member, "Our Lands, Ourselves", WSU, Pullman, WA, 1995
  • Trustees Board Member, Allied Arts of Seattle, 1993-94
  • Juror, Seattle and King Co. Arts Commissions, 1993-95
  • Art Co-Editor, The Raven Chronicles, A Multicultural Literary Magazine, 1992
  • Panel Member, Spirits Keep Whistling Us Home" Women's Caucus for the Arts,1993
  • Instructor, Art for the Schools (K-2), Seattle Art Museum, 1992-93 school year
  • Workshop Instructor: Non-acid Printmaking: Plexiglas and Mezzotint, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, 1991
  • Presenter, Museum Artist, A Time of Gathering, Burke Museum, 1989


  • Seattle Arts Commission, Print Works Collection, 2000
  • Washington State Arts Commission, Art in Public Places, 2000
  • Washington State Historic Museum, Commission for Medicine Creek Exhibition, 1998
  • Harborview Hospital Collection, King County Arts Commission purchase, 1998
  • Regional Justice Center Collection, King County Arts Commission purchase, 1997
  • Seattle Arts Commission, Water Department Portable Arts Collection, 1996
  • Washington State Historic Museum, Consultant , glass mask artist, Native Exhibit, 1993-96 (on permanent display)
  • King County Arts Commission North Wind's Fishing Weir Project, Duwamish Tribe, 1996 w/Jon Gierlich. Three bronze and cedar basket benches.
  • Washington State Arts Commission: Art in Public Places, School Systems, 1995, 1996
  • METRO: Bus Shelter/Native Art. 1993, with Daniel Glenn, Architect
  • Washington State Arts Commission: Honoring Our Ancestors' Worlds, Seattle CC College, Public Arts Project, 1993
  • Burke Museum, A Time of Gathering Exhibit, Triptych Painting, Plateau Gathering, 1989 (permanent Collection)


  • Collaborations in Glass, Sacred Circle Gallery, Daybreak Star Arts Center, Seattle, 2003
  • Northwest Native American Artists Invitational Exhibit, Allied Arts Center and Gallery 2003
  • Selected Artists from the Sacred Circle Gallery of American Indian Art, Washington State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle, 2000
  • Myths of the West, Confluence Gallery, Twisp, Washington, 2000
  • Native Women Artists, Women's West Conference, Anthropology Museum, WSU, 2000
  • Print Works 2000, Seattle Arts Commission, Bank of America Gallery, Seattle, April 2000
  • Centennial of Mt. Rainier National Park Invitational, Seafirst Gallery, Seattle, 1998-2000
  • Multicultural Exhibit, North Seattle CC Gallery, Seattle, 1998
    Emergence, National Invitational, American Indian Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 1997
  • Caroline Orr, New Work in Glass and Prints, Sacred Circle Gallery, Seattle, 1997
  • Multicultural Exhibit, North Seattle CC Gallery, Seattle, 1998
  • By the Grace of Our Ancestors, Gallery Artists, Sacred Circle Gallery, Seattle, 1994
  • Rhythms of Vision, Renshaw Gallery, College, Oregon, 1993
  • Defining Our Realities: Native American Women Photographers and The Spirits Keep
  • Whistling Us Home, Sacred Circle Gallery, Daybreak Star Arts Center, Seattle, 1993
  • De Colonizing the Mind, COCA, Seattle, 1992
  • Contemporary Northwest Native American Art, Columbia Art Gallery, Hood River, Or. 1992
  • Latent Image, Contemporary Native American Art, Seattle C C, 1992
  • Myths and Dreams, One-Person show, University of Washington, 1991
  • One Person Exhibition, Seattle Central Community College, 1991
  • One Person Exhibition, Central Washington Historical Museum, 1991
  • Never Before Funded, Bumbershoot Celebration, Seattle, 1990
  • Positive Images, Wind Horse Gallery, Seattle, 1990
  • Tashkent Printmaking Exhibition, Seattle, 1989 (return of touring exhibit, Russia)
  • Group Exhibition of Museum Artists, A Time of Gathering, Burke Museum, 1989


  • Centrum Residency in Printmaking, Port Townsend, Washington, 1993
  • Pratt Fine Arts Residency in Glass Casting, Seattle, 1991
  • Centrum Residency in Printmaking, Port Townsend and Vancouver, WA, 1989


  • Seattle P-I, 4/4/2000: http://Seattlep_i.nwsource.com/neighbors/magnolia/hood04.html
    Washington: The Spirit of America (Art of the State), Friedman. Walking Stick Press, 1999.
  • Northwest Coast Native and Native Style Art: A Guidebook for Western Washington, Lloyd J. Averill, 1995
  • A Time of gathering: Native Heritage in Washington State. Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, Monograph No. 7. Robin K. Wright, Ed., 1992
  • The Seattle Times, 4/2/1989: Indian Arts: A Renaissance, Making a Name: Orr, p. J7


  • BFA degree in Painting, University of Washington, Seattle, 1977
  • BFA (Hons.) degree program, University of Manitoba 1968-73. Courses in Printmaking
  • BA degree in Art, University of Washington, Seattle, 1965
    Additional courses in art history, anthropology, photography, scientific illustration, graphics, and computer generated art
  • Workshops in papermaking, printmaking, stone sculpture, glass casting, glass fusing and slumping, Pratt Fine Arts, Seattle, WA
  • Certificate, Writing for Children and Teens, Institute of Children's Literature, 2012


  • Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Washington State
  • Lillooet Okanagan and Lakes Bands, British Columbia, Canada


Seattle, WA



Arrow - oil painting



Bear Brothers
Bear Brothers and their Arrow Dog Brother -
oil on canvas



Horse Thief
Horse Thief - monoprint

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