Fawn Douglas is an Indigenous American artist and enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe. She has roots in the Moapa Paiute, Southern Cheyenne, Creek and Pawnee Tribes. She is interested in the intersection of art, activism, community, education, culture, identity, place and sovereignty. Her studio practice includes painting, weaving, sculpture, performance, activist art and humor. Within her art-making and activism, she tells stories in order to remember the past and also to ensure that the stories of Indigenous peoples are heard. She is currently a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Art at UNLV in the MFA Program. Through the MFA Program she co-curates with an artist team, the Vegas Institute for Contemporary Engagement. V.I.C.E. has been the catalyst for exhibitions, podcasts, interviews, performances and experimentation that makes space for marginalized artists in the Las Vegas community.
“My art draws me closer to my Nuwu (Nuwuvi) culture and identity. I have learned much through the lessons of our tribal elders and traveling to visit our ancestral lands and sacred sites in Southern Nevada. . .My art translates these oral traditions for the viewer. Many pieces operate as a filter that keeps the integrity of sacred information that my people hold dear, while allowing Nuwuvi culture to be shared with a broader audience.”
She is a dedicated advocate for environmental conservation, including the designation of Nevada’s Gold Butte as a historic national monument and her participation in the NO DAPL protests at Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Notable actions also include (but are not limited to) the fight for tribal and rural communities to retain their water rights, Red Rock anti-desecration efforts, and protection of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. Fawn's experience as a survivor of sexual abuse has given her the fire to speak up about women's rights and has been a vocal advocate for MMIW (Missing, Murdered, Indigenous Women). She continues to speak up for her sisters and bridging the connection between Our Bodies, Our Lands, the movement that recognizes the connection between protecting land, water and Indigenous people.