Portrait of Fox Spears (Karuk), First Peoples Fund Program Manager of Fellowships


Fox Spears is a member of the Karuk Tribe, who’s ancestral territories are located on the Klamath River in northwestern California. He grew up in Seattle and earned a BFA in Design from Cornish College of the Arts. He is extremely passionate about supporting Native art and artists, and strongly believes that art is an important component in imagining new Indigenous futures.

Fox has maintained a multi-disciplinary fine art practice since 2010. Monotype printmaking has been a primary focus of his with regular attendance of workshops at–and an eventual artist residency with–Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. He was an Emerging Artist with the National Museum of the American Indian and is an Artists in Business Leadership Fellow (2018) with First Peoples Fund. Fox has completed corporate art commissions for Wells Fargo, Starbucks Art Program, Facebook/Meta Open Arts, and the Seattle Kraken’s One Roof Foundation.

In addition to making art, Fox has also led workshops, served on review panels, and, in 2020, began facilitating a Pacific Northwest Native Art Fellowship for Seattle-based Nia Tero Foundation. In 2022, Fox relocated from Seattle to Orlando, where he resides with his husband and cat.

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