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IAIA A-i-R: Cliff and Yellowjohn—Open Studios

Tue, November 7, 2023, 3:00 pm5:00 pm

| Free

Join IAIA Artist-in-Residence (A-i-R) artists for Open Studios in the Academic Building on the IAIA campus from 3–5 pm. The locations of each artist will be Mona Cliff (Gros Ventre Tribe of Montana) A-i-R ’20 in the A-i-R Studio, Academic Building, and Chad “Little Coyote” Yellowjohn (Shoshone-Bannock and Spokane) ’19 in the Painting Studio, Academic Building. Refreshments will be served, including satay tofu with spicy peanut butter sauce, Chinese chicken tarts, rice paper spring rolls, assorted cookies, iced tea, lemonade, 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.

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.


Tue, November 7, 2023
3:00 pm–5:00 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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