Fawn Douglas

nuwuart@gmail.com

 

Nik Nuwuvi. I am Southern Paiute. Indigenous knowledge flows through me as I interpret my people’s history and presence with performance, sculpture, weaving, paint, and stitch. I bridge my cultural heritage into the eye of the contemporary perspective.

 

Education

 

M.F.A. in Process, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2019 - 2021

B.A. Painting and Drawing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2015

A.A. Global Studies, College of Southern Nevada

2012

Professional Experience

 

2019-Present

  • President, Native American Alumni Club, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Art, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV     

  • Community Outreach Associate, Meow Wolf, Las Vegas, NV

  • Council Member, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Advisory Council, National Parks Service, Las Vegas, NV

  • Board Member, Stewart Cultural Advisory Committee, Nevada Indian Commission, NV

  • Mentor, Native American Student Association, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

 

2018-19

  • Committee Member, Nevada Basin to Range Steering Committee, Las Vegas, NV

  • Co-Lead Volunteer, Our Wild America Campaign, Sierra Club National

  • Board of Directors, Friends of Gold Butte, Las Vegas, NV

  • Instructor, Cultural Fitness, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Health & Human Services, Las Vegas, NV

  • President, Native American Alumni Club, Committee to Establish Affinity Group, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

 

2017-19

  • Part Time Instructor, American Indian-Indigenous Studies, Interdisciplinary Gender Ethnic Studies, College of Liberal Arts, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • Faculty Member, American Indian Alliance, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • Board of Directors, Institute for a Progressive Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

 

2017-18          

  • Advisor, Native American Student Association, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • Consultant, Western Conservation, Las Vegas, NV 

Exhibitions

 

2020

  • Art of Us, Group Exhibition, Warhol Loft, Curator/Artist, The Arts Factory, Las Vegas, NV

  • My Two Cents, Group Exhibition, Core Contemporary Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

  • Margaret, Are you Grieving? Group Exhibit, Nevada Humanities, Las Vegas, NV

 

2019

  • Feminisms, Grant Hall Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

  • Commodified, UNLV MFA Group Exhibition, Las Vegas, NV

 

2018   

  • Native American Visions II, Group Exhibition, City Hall, Las Vegas, NV

  • Gold Butte Art, Group Exhibition, Mesquite Library, NV

  • Monuments, Group Exhibition, Sahara West Library Gallery, NV

  • The Norma Jean Collection, Collaboration with Artist Norma Jean, Group Exhibit, Skin City, Las Vegas, NV

 

2017

  • Nothing & Everything, Vegas Culture Pop Up Exhibition. Indigenous Group Exhibition with Randy Barton.

  • Native American Visions I, Group Exhibition, City Hall, Las Vegas, NV

  • Jana’s Red Room, Las Vegas Arts District, Las Vegas, NV

 

2016   

  • Zap! 8, Clark County Parks & Recreation, Laughlin Library, Laughlin, NV

  • North-East, An Exploration, Group Exhibition, Left of Center Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

 

2015

  • My Relatives Rise, Sky Mural unveiling and group exhibition, Candy Wolves Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

  • Zap!7-Artists Take Over Maryland Parkway, Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

  • Greetings, The Bakery Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

 

2014

  • Yesterday & Today Exhibit, The Barrick Museum, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

 

2012

  • Viva La Femmes, City of Las Vegas office of Cultural Affairs, 5th Street Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

 

2010

  • Exploring Art & Heritage: Native American Artists of the Region, Bridge Gallery at City Hall, Las Vegas, NV

Commissions

 

2018   

  • 40 Ceramic Bowls in custom design, gifts for donors and board members, College of Liberal Arts, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • Miss Native UNLV, Beaded Crown Design, Collaboration with Beadwork Artist Connie Jake, UNLV Native American Student Association, Las Vegas, NV

  • Southern Paiute Veterans Association Princess Crown, Beaded Crown Design, Collaboration with Beadwork Artist Connie Jake, Moapa Band of Paiutes Pow Wow, Las Vegas, NV

  • 100 Shirts, “Gathering of our Mountains” Nuwuvi Pine Nut Gathering- petroglyph design, The Mountain Institute, Las Vegas, NV

 

2017

  • Nuwu Art Logo Shirts, Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Red Rock Review” Cover art, Issue 39, Spring 2017, Las Vegas, NV

 

2016

  • 100 Nuwuvi Baskets in plastic cast and bronze, gifts for individuals who helped with the Gold Butte Monument designation, Western Conservation Foundation, Las Vegas, NV

Curatorial Projects

 

2020

  • The Other Side of Paradise, UNLV V.I.C.E., Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, NV

  • Art of Us, UNLV Art Department, Women of Color Arts Festival, Warhol Gallery, Arts Factory, Las Vegas, NV

 

2017               

  • “PAIUTE” A Journey Through Traditional and Contemporary Art, The Old Fort National Park, Las Vegas, NV

2016-2017      

  • “Paiute Voices” Southern Paiute Artists Share Their Songs, Stories and Contemporary Art, Nevada Humanities, Las Vegas, NV

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Public Arts

 

2018   

  • Life Cycle of the Butterfly, Crestwood Elementary School Garden Mural, collaboration with Sol Martinez, Las Vegas, NV

 

2017   

  • Taboo & MAG 7 Showcase, Backup Dancer, Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

  • Second Sunday Artist Spotlight, Live Painter/Lecturer, Red Rock Conservation Visitor’s Center, Las Vegas, NV-

  • ISI- Industry Supporting Industry, Second Sunday, Container Park Live Painting, Las Vegas, NV

  • ISI- Industry Supporting Industry, America the Great, Live Painting, Las Vegas, NV

  • ARTown Reno! Live painting/Artist Vendor, Reno, NV

  • Snow Mountain Pow Wow, Jingle Dancer, Las Vegas, NV

  • Paiute Basket Mural, Water is Life Collection, Las Vegas, NV

 

2016   

  • Zap! 8- Zapped by the River, Clark County Parks & Recreation, Laughlin, NV

  • Shivwits Paiute Tribe Mural, Shivwits Convenience Store, Ivins, UT

  • NODAPL Art Project, Protest art with the children of the Mni Wiconi School, Oceti Sakowan Camp, Standing Rock, SD.

 

2015   

  • Zap! 7- Clark County Parks & Recreation, UNLV Public Arts Collaboration Project, Las Vegas, NV

  • Performance, UNLV Public Arts Collaboration Project, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV

 

Residencies

 

2018   

  • Nevada Public Radio, featured on limited edition member thank you gifts, Las Vegas, NV

 

2016   

  • Arquetopia, Natural Pigments Instructional Residency, Oaxaca, MX

Awards

2020

  • Public Lands Advocate of the Year, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Las Vegas, NV

 

2018   

  • Nevada Arts Council Grant, Indigenous Talent Showcase, Clark County Winchester Dondero Cultural Center, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Starry Night Gold Butte” Best of Show Winner, Monuments Juried Art Show, Sahara West Library, Las Vegas, NV

  • Preservation Education Award, Recognition for Education on Dakota Access Pipeline through art, Historic Preservation Commission, City of Las Vegas, NV

 

2017   

  • American Indian Community Leader of the Year Award, American Indian Achievement Awards, The Nevada Indian Commission, Carson City, NV

  • Proclamation Recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Group Effort with UNLV Native American Student Association, From the Office of the Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Las Vegas, NV

 

2016

  • Notable Nevadans, Honoree, National Indian Education Association Conference, Carson City, NV

Selected Media

Activism

2020

  • 8:46 Anti-Racism Education Summer Series, Webinar, Institute for a Progressive Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

  • Don’t Bomb the Bighorn: help Save the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Webinar, Speaker

  • The Art People Podcast with Justin Favela, https://artpeoplepod.libsyn.com/fawn-douglas-artivist-matriarch-nuwu 

  • Great Basin Water Protectors Film Viewing and Panel Discussion, Webinar, Nevada State College Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives; Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

  • Organizer/Panelist, Forum on Cultural Appropriation, Las Vegas Indian Center, Las Vegas, NV

  • Speaker, Women’s March, Reno, NV

  • Speaker/Panelist, Our Bodies Our Land, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

 

2019

  • In Conversation, An Evening with Jack Malotte, Moderator, Tam Alumni, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Paiute” On History and Continuance, Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas NV

  • Sacred Places - The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Panelist, National Congress of American Indians, Reno, NV

  • “Second Sunday: Artists & Authors” Winter Gathering at Red Rock Canyon, Organizer/Speaker/Bird Dancer with Nuwuvi Elders, Las Vegas, NV

 

2018

  • “Art and Public Lands” Monuments Exhibit, Panelist, moderated by Susanna Newbury, West Library, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Opening Plenary” Ceremonial Welcome, Speaker, Western Arts Alliance, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Native American Student Welcome” Organizer/Speaker, American Indian Alliance, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Gold Butte Speaker Series” A Land and Its People: Southern Paiute Heritage, Speaker, Mesquite, NV

  • “Speakers Inspiring Awareness” Protecting Public Lands, Panelist/Lecturer, College of Southern Nevada, NV

  • “Indigenous Spirit on Fire” Together We Rise, Panelist, UNR, Reno, NV

  • “Next 100 Coalition” Welcome/Speaker, Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV

  • “The Progressive Summit” Art and Activism Workshop, Speaker/Facilitator, College of Southern Nevada

  • “Take Back the Night” Missing, Murdered, Indigenous Women, Organizer/Speaker, UNLV

  • “Nau Mai Ki-Te Kura O Rangiriri” Guest Speaker/Performing Artist, Auckland, NZ

  • “Indigenous Cultural Exchange” Water Protectors, Lecture/Performance, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, NZ

  • “Indigenous Talent Showcase” A Cultural Showcase of Inter-Tribal Talent from Traditional to Contemporary Arts, Organizer/Host, Winchester-Dondero Cultural Center, Clark County Parks & Recreation, Las Vegas, NV

  • Supai Veterans Pow Wow, Organizer for Las Vegas Native Dance Group, Havasupai, AZ

  • “#MMIW” Sign Making & Community Potluck Gathering, Organizer, Las Vegas Indian Center, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Miss Native UNLV” Organizer/Host, Native American Student Association, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Indigenous Peoples’ Day Pow Wow”, Vegas Strong Pow Wow, Organizer, Native American Student Association, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Bears Ears Cultural Gathering” Participant, Bears Ears National Monument, UT

  • “Havasupai Disaster Relief” Organizer, Donation drop off, Las Vegas, NV

  • “#HelpHerHeal” Fundraiser for Tzintzun Tepeyolohtli, Organizer, Las Vegas, NV

  • May Day Protest, Attendee, Federal Building, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Honor the Future, Challenge the Past” Understanding the Effect of Race-Based Mascots, Petition Organizer, Las Vegas, NV

  • Educating Staff of Race Based Mascots, Speaker, Western High School, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Protect the Desert National Wildlife Refuge” Air Force Training Range Expansion Hearing, Speaker/Activist, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Buy Native- Native Arts Holiday Pop-up Shop” Organizer/Artist, Sierra Club, Las Vegas, NV

 

2017   

  • “Art and Activism” Guest Lecturer, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

  • “Gold Butte Anniversary Celebration” Organizer, Paiute Golf Resort, Las Vegas, NV

  • “More Than a Word” More Than Mascots, More Than Stereotypes, Film Screening Organizer/Speaker, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  •  “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” Speaker, Clark County Library, Las Vegas, NV

  • Public Lands Day of Action, Speaker for the Sierra Club, Washington DC

  • The Wilderness Society, Spokesperson for National Monuments, Washington DC.

  • Senator Heller Staff Meeting, Speaking for National Monuments Press Conference and delivery of 90,000 plus statements of public lands support, Las Vegas, NV

  • Monuments to America Tour Press Conference, Speaker, The Center for Western Priorities, Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Protect Nevada” Monuments Protection Press Conference, Moderator/Speaker, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Hear Our Indigenous Voices” Protecting Public Lands- Gold Butte/Basin & Range/Bears Ears. Host/Moderator/Speaker, Paiute Multi-Purpose, Las Vegas, NV.

  • AJR 13 Bill, Support of Antiquities Act/Gold Butte/Basin & Range, Speaker, Grant Sawyer Building, Las Vegas, NV

  • “May Day March” Stand up for Human Rights! Speaker, Las Vegas, NV

  • Climate March, Speaker, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • March for Science, Participant, The Arts District, Las Vegas, NV

  • All Shades United Community Gathering, Participant, Las Vegas, NV

  • Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Town Hall, Speaker, City Hall, Las Vegas, NV

  • Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Health Fair, Organizer of Cultural Arts, Las Vegas, NV

  • Know Your Rights! Immigration Support, Organizer/Speaker, Womxn of Color, Las Vegas, NV

  • We Stand with Standing Rock Rally, Organizer/Speaker, Las Vegas, NV

  • Native Nations Rise Rally and March, Participant, Washington DC

  • Wilderness Week, Lobbyist, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

  • The Women’s March, Speaker on Indigenous Rights, Las Vegas, NV

  • Keep Red Rock Rural Rally, Speaker, Clark County Federal Building, Las Vegas, NV

  • Supai Veterans Pow Wow, Organizer for Las Vegas Native Dance Group, Havasupai, AZ

  • “Honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day” Organizer/Speaker, Friends of the Fort, Nevada State Parks, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Racist Joe Arpaio- Un-Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Protest Attendee, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Water Protectors Awareness”, Petition and Performance, Organizer, First Friday in the Arts District, Las Vegas, NV

  • “A Discussion on Protecting our National Monuments & Ancestral Indigenous Lands” Moderator/Panelist, Las Vegas Paiute Multi-Purpose, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Native Nations Rise” Indigenous March, Attendee, Washington DC

  • “RISE” Viceland Documentary Series I-II, Organizer/Panelist with Director Ben Dupri, Rebel Movies, UNLV, Las Vegas, NV

  • “RESIST” Rally in Support of Human Rights, Organizer/Speaker, Huntridge Circle Park, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Standing Rock Awareness” Guest Speaker, First Henderson United Methodist Church, Las Vegas, NV

 

2016   

  • “Stand with Standing Rock Benefit Show”, Organizer/Speaker, Multi-Cultural performance and human rights awareness, Las Vegas Paiute Multi-Purpose, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Prayer Vigil for Standing Rock” International Call for Prayer, Organizer/Speaker, Huntridge Circle Park, Las Vegas, NV

  • “NODAPL” Indian Taco and Bingo Fundraiser, Speaker, Cedar City, UT

  • “Las Vegas Stands with Standing Rock” Organizer, Rally-Protest-March, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Haka with Standing Rock” Water Protectors from Aotearoa Journey, Water Protector/Guide, Standing Rock, ND

  • “Friends Rendezvous” Indigenous Leadership and Engagement on Public Lands, Panelist, Friends Grassroots Network, Conservation Lands Foundation, Las Vegas, NV

  • “We Stand with Standing Rock” Public Community Awareness Meeting, Organizer/Speaker, Las Vegas, NV

  • “Gold Butte Culture Walk” Organizer, Gold Butte National Monument, NV

 

2015

  • “Indigenous Cultural Exchange” Native American Peoples’ and the Maori of New Zealand, Organizer/Speaker, Spring Mountain Visitor Gateway, Mount Charleston, NV

  • “Tribal Tuesday” Te Pou-o-Mangatāwhiri Kapa Haka Welcome, Organizer, Paiute Colony, Las Vegas, NV