The Exhibition, Beginnings, to open Nuwu Art Gallery + Community Center
The community is invited to attend and celebrate the Nuwu Art Collective Exhibition
Nuwu Art invites the community to view the Nuwu Art Collective exhibition, Beginnings, to celebrate the soft opening of the Nuwu Art Gallery + Community Center on Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17.
The Nuwu Art Gallery + Community Center, along with the Nuwu Art + Activism Studios, are POC-owned spaces in Las Vegas that host a variety of community-building efforts. Nuwu Art works to strengthen cultural knowledge and identity through the arts, activism, and education. They advocate for the equity of all communities through an ongoing process of decolonization.
The Nuwu Art Collective consists of artists Juan Cuevas (Quetzal Visions), Xochil Xitlalli (Xochil Art), Theo Tso (War Paint Studios & Captain Paiute Comics), Brent Holmes, Ashanti McGee, and Fawn Douglas. Filmmaker Ben-Alex Dupris will also show his short documentary “Nuwu Means the People,” featured in the Smithsonian’s FUTURES exhibit. This film follows the journey of partners Fawn Douglas and A.B. Wilkinson, whose collaborative efforts helped create the spaces at Nuwu Art.
Fawn Douglas conceived the Nuwu Art Collective, which sprung from the talented artists at the Nuwu Art Studios. These Las Vegas creatives all value community building and creating safe spaces for youth and families to explore their cultures as they use their unique skills to decolonize through the arts and education. Cultural revitalization and exploration are central themes for those who gather at Nuwu Art, as artists at the studios draw, paint, sculpt, weave, and perform stories inspired by Native American (Paiute, etc.), Indigenous Latin American (Mexica, etc.), African American, and various traditions.
Nuwu Art Collective Beginnings Exhibit
Nuwu Art Gallery + Community Center Soft Opening
Gallery Opening Reception
● Friday, Sept. 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Community Center Performances + Presentations
● Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1331 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Beginnings Running Dates: Sept. 16 to Dec. 1
Gallery Hours TBA
Juan Cuevas (Quetzal Visions) utilizes painting, sculpting, and interactive art installations to heal himself and the people his art touches. He possesses Indigenous roots in Mexico and New Mexico among the Tiwa Pueblos. Quetzal envisions his art as a mechanism that allows him to reclaim his Indigeneity. Another goal of his art is to facilitate a connection for the viewer back to the Creator, reminding them there is still magic in the world and that we are all a part of it.
Ben-Alex Dupris is an award-winning filmmaker who is Mnicoujou Lakota and an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, located in Washington state. As a director, writer, and producer, Dupris creates films that push the boundaries of Indigeneity beyond traditional pastoralism into the gray areas of 21st century America. By highlighting Native struggles within historically colonial society, Ben’s storytelling liberates relationships within “Indian Country.” In this way, his work encourages positive conversations toward healing and change.
Brent Holmes is a renowned artist, curator, and cultural animator whose work pushes the viewer and the limits of the possible. Brent is a multi-disciplinary artist with an immense range. His collection of work displays a deep affinity for words, the body, and its senses. Brent often uses culinary art to entertain the intellectual pallet and utilizes his body and performance for story-telling that is rooted in African American history, struggle, and brilliance.