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IAIA A-i-R: Cliff, John, Yellowjohn—Welcome Dinner

Mon, October 30, 2023, 5:00 pm7:00 pm

| Free

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists for a free dinner in the Dean’s Lobby of the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 5:00–5:45 pm, followed by a tour of the artist’s studio space from 5:45–7:00 pm. The artists include Mona Cliff (Gros Ventre Tribe of Montana) A-i-R ’20, Chad “Little Coyote” Yellowjohn (Shoshone-Bannock and Spokane) ’19, and Chaz John (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Mississippi Band Choctaw, and European) ’19. The dinner buffet menu includes roasted turkey, roasted tofu, mashed potatoes and gravy, wild rice, roasted vegetables, bread, assorted cookies, iced tea, and ice water. Free and open to the public.

For more information about the A-i-R Program, contact Angelica Gallegos, Interim A-i-R Manager and Museum Studies Visiting Faculty, at or (505) 424-2369.

Mona Cliff

October 18–November 15, 2023

A-i-R Studio, Academic Building
Ramona (Mona) Cliff A-i-R ’20 currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas. Mona is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre tribe (A’aninin/Nakota Nations) of Ft. Belknap, MT. Mona is a multidisciplinary visual artist, and she explores the subject of contemporary Indigenous identity and culture through her use of traditional Native crafting methods such as seed bead embroidery and fabric applique. Beadwork and sewing applique have been the primary foundation of her artistic practice.

Chaz John

October 20–November 3, 2023

Sculpture Gallery, Sculpture and Foundry Building
Chaz John (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Mississippi Band Choctaw, and European) ‘19, from Topeka, Kansas, currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Chaz John presents a vibrant collection of images—both real and imagined—that comprise a poetic narrative of cultural iconography, raw dream images, and a personal quilt of archetypal patterns that make up the collective American psyche.

Chad “Little Coyote” Yellowjohn

October 18–November 15, 2023

Painting Studio, Academic Building
Chad “Little Coyote” Yellowjohn comes from a Shoshone-Bannock and Spokane ancestral line and was raised in Ione, Washington. At a young age, he was mute; however, over the years, his imagination began to blossom extensively on paper due to this lived experience. He gained a heavy interest in freehand illustration, fueling his love for drawing. Yellowjohn earned his Bachelor’s in Cinematic Arts, along with a Minor in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Through his art and activism, he shares inspiration and awareness of the issues Indigenous people face today.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of any type of auxiliary aid or service to attend events, please contact IAIA’s ADA Office at least seven calendar days prior to the event or as soon as possible at or (505) 424-5707.


Mon, October 30, 2023
5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Event Category:


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) Program
(505) 424-2369


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Academic Building
83 Avan NU Po
Santa Fe, 87508 United States
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