Speaking as an enrolled citizen of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Romero says: “Self-representation through photography battles the ‘one-story’ narrative that casts complex, living cultures into stereotypes, instead offering multi-layered visual architectures that invite viewers to abandon preconceived notions about Native art, culture, and peoples. I am deeply committed to making work that addresses Native American social issues and changes the way people perceive us in contemporary society.”
The Donna Beam Gallery and the department of art, in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts, present AH’-WAH-NEE (Paiute for ‘balance’), a momentous exhibition and symposium celebrating the beauty of Indigeneity through the art of local and regional Native American women artists, who hold space on the campus of UNLV, the traditional homelands of the Nuwuvi, Southern Paiute People. AH’-WAH-NEE is curated by Fawn Douglas, Las Vegas artivist and graduate student in the department of art. Douglas is an Indigenous American artist, an enrolled member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, and co-founder of the Nuwu Art + Activism Studios in downtown Las Vegas. “The voices of Indigenous women have always been valued amongst Indigenous communities,” Douglas underscores. “To share our words is a gift to those willing to listen. To share our stories through art is a gift from the spirit that will touch those willing to open their minds and hearts. AH’-WAH-NEE is our heart song.” The AH’-WAH-NEE exhibition is on view in the Donna Beam Gallery from Nov. 1 through Dec. 10 with the symposium taking place Nov. 4 and 5. The participating artists are Loretta Burden, Noelle Garcia, Jean LaMarr, Melissa Melero-Moose, Natani Notah, Cara Romero, Rose B. Simpson, Roxanne Swentzell, and Shelby Westika.
UNLV College of Fine Arts, UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, UNLV Paul Harris Theatre, UNLV Native American Alumni Club, UNLV Minority Serving Institution Student Council, UNLV American Indian Alliance, UNLV department of history, UNLV department of anthropology, UNLV interdisciplinary gender & ethnic studies, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada Museum of Art, The Nevada Indian Commission, The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Southern Nevada Conservancy, Black Mountain Institute, Meow Wolf, Desert Arts Action Coalition, Nevada State Assemblyman Howard Watts, and WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation)
The Barrick Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is located in the heart of the UNLV campus. The museum is easily accessed from the west side of campus at the intersection of Harmon Avenue and University Center Drive. Drive east on East Harmon Ave until the road enters the campus and terminates in a parking lot. The museum will be on your right, next to a desert landscape garden. Directions.