Mona Cliff, (Hanook-gah-neeh/ Spottedcloud) is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre tribe (A'aninin/Nakota Nations) of Ft. Belknap, MT
Mona is multidisciplinary visual artist. 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 & sewing applique have been a primary foundation of her artist practice. Mona acquired a B.F.A in Printmaking from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.
She has a site specific beaded pieces in the permanent collection at the Kansas City Museum. She has recently concluded a commissioned beaded piece spanning 17 ft' for the Kansas City Airport Terminal' 1% for the arts program.
She has concluded several public art projects in the summer of 2023 which include 4 murals in the Kansas area, including Haskell Indian Nations University.
Mona works as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion field representative for the native communities of Kansas for the Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission and serves as a board member for VanGo.
Her upcoming Exhibits 2024 she will have a large-scale beaded piece at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C for the Women to Watch exhibition and a large beaded at the Autry Museum in L.A.
Mona is married and has 3 children ages 13, 14 & 16 years old. She currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas.