After five semesters of studying Architecture at Arizona State University, Monty Little enlisted in the Marine Corps as a Rifleman in 2004. Within his enlistment, Little was stationed with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines where he deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit to various countries in Southeast Asia in 2006, and to Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2007. Little served as a fireteam leader, overseeing three Marines in a squad, while deployed in Iraq for a little over seven months. In 2008, Little was Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps.

Following his service, Little graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Creative Writing and Studio Arts. It was here; he began to feel the urge to translate his thoughts on his experience of war and post-war. Little wrote extensively on his encounters of conflict and commenced an unfolding of his deployments. Much of his writing initiated surreal images; thus, wanting to visually relay those images, Little began to paint and print what he wrote, using each medium as erasure, where unsettling truths reveal personal components and texture is integral, yet disruptive to find his past chaotic.   

EDUCATION

 

2015     Institute of American Indian Arts; Santa Fe, New Mexico

               BFA: Creative Writing in Poetry

               BFA: Studio Arts in Printmaking & Painting

 

FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

              July 2019 - "Precursor IV & V" will display in Veterans Art Exhibition; Exhibit C; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

              August 2019 - "Flora Series" will display in Sovereign Santa Fe; La Fonda; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

              August 2019 - "Flora 04 - 08" will display in upcoming exhibition; KEEP Contemporary; Santa Fe, New Mexico

PAST EXHIBITIONS

2019     "USURP: Lincoln II" will display at NVAM Triennial and Veteran Art Summit; National Veterans Art Museum; Chicago, Illinois

 

               Connect: Collect Print Exchange; Hulsey Gallery; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

2018       Original Warriors; National Veterans Art Museum; Chicago, Illinois

 

                Forget Me Not; Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery; Newburgh, New York

 

                Languages of Abstraction; MA Doran Gallery; Tulsa, Oklahoma


                First Nations Biennial; Tubac Center of the Arts; Tubac, Arizona

 

                2019 ArtNow Exhibition; Oklahoma Contemporary; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

                Post-Colonial Frames / Landing America; B#S Gallery; Trevino, Italy

 

                Multilayered: New Prints 2018 / Summer; International Print Center New York; New York, New York

 

                Return to Dine' Bike'yah: The 150 Anniversary of the Signing of the Navajo Peace Treaty; Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico; Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

                Fellow; The Refinery; Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

 

2017      Flat Rate Box; Modified Arts; Phoenix, Arizona

 

              "Own Mind" and "Alpha" on display; New Acquisitions: 2011 - 2017; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts; Santa Fe, New Mexico 

 

               Neo-Native: Connecting Past to Present; Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts; Alta Loma, California

 

              Catch-22: Paradox on Paper; Ralph T. Coe Foundation; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

              Creative Nation II, Ellsworth Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

              Petrichor; FaranHNHeight Fine Art; Taos, New Mexico

 

              Displacement; The Living Arts of Tulsa; Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

 

2016     Syncretic: The Tulsa Artist Fellowship; 108 Contemporary; Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

              "Notos 01" and "Notos 02" Selected to show in Beyond the Plaza: Indian Market at the Institute; Encaustic Art Institute; Santa Fe, New Mexico 

 

              Painting: "Gravitas 002" in exhibition; Fathoms, Radical Abacus; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

2015     SITE Scholar Exhibition, painting “Figures Disfigure a Calm Memory” on display; SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               Paintings: “When the Day is Right” and “Carousel” on display; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               Reciprocus; Alan Houser Haozous Gallery, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               Painting: “Laying It to Rest” on display; Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               “When the Day is Right” and “Carousel” displayed February-December 2015; True West Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

2014     IAIA Blood Quantum Drive: Making Relatives; Axle Contemporary; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

              “Forgotten Meaning Of” and “Study for Laying It to Rest” selected for Art in the Raw; Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

              Imago Mundi Native Art Project; Fondazione Benetton Studi E Ricerche; Treviso, Italy

 

               Bombs, Birds & Buffaloes; Eggman & Walrus Art Emporium; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

              “Discontent” selected for Annual Spring Art Show; Red Dot Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

2013     Six Pintores; Eggman & Walrus Art Emporium; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

2012     “Diaspora” and “Amorphous” selected for Contemporary Native Art to Russia; State Museum of Novosibirsk; Novosibirsk, Russia

 

               “Diaspora” and “Amorphous” Selected for Contemporary Native Art to Russia; Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts; Ekaterinburg, Russia

 

2011     Creative Destruction: Innovation as Tradition; Primitive Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               Money & Wealth; Primitive Edge Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

2010     Art Rush: 3rd Annual IAIA “Art In” Exhibit; Primitive Edge Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

 

2018     Tulsa Artist Fellowship, January-December 2018; Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

2017    1st Place, Classification III, Division D, "003"; Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, 2017 Indian Market Art Competition; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

             Honorable Mention, Classification III, Division D, "Contingency Combs Memory IV"; Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, 2017 Indian Market Art Competition; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

             Tulsa Artist Fellowship, January-December 2017; Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

2016     Tulsa Artist Fellowship, January-December 2016; Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

2015     Recipient of SITE Scholar Program; SITE Santa Fe; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award, “Unaccompanied Voices”; Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, 2015 Indian Market Art Competition; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               2nd Place, Classification III, Division D, “Usurp Series: Carlton 2”; Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, 2015 Indian Market Art Competition; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               1st Place Painting: “Proximal”; 2015 IAIA Student Art Competition; Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               1st Place Mixed Media: “The Struggle Within”; 2015 IAIA Student Art Competition; Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               1st Place Printmaking: “Somewhere Between Nowhere”; 2015 IAIA Student Art Competition; Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

2014     Nominated for SITE Scholar Program; SITE Santa Fe; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

               Private Collection: selected paintings: “Mourning the Silence” and “Figures in the Distance” for Pojoaque Pueblo Governor George Rivera; Pojoaque, New Mexico

 

               1st Place Printmaking: “Usurp Series: Samuel Beckett”; 2014 American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Billings, Montana

 

               1st Place Drawing: “Untitled”; 2014 American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Billings, Montana

 

               Top 3 Finalist for Tribal College Journal Student Writing Contest in Poetry for “To Erase A Whisper”; 2014 American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Billings, Montana

 

2013     “Mourning the Silence” selected for 2014 Ontario College of Art and Design Calendar

 

               Artist in Residency: Venice, Italy: Marist College Venice Biennale.

 

2012     Top 3 Finalist for Tribal College Journal Student Writing Contest in Fiction for “Of Hand Blooming”; 2012 American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Rapid City, South

               Dakota

 

2011     Selected painting: “Homage of Two Worlds” for United Tribes Technical College President Gipp’s Private Gallery; Bismarck, North Dakota

 

               Honorable Mention; Painting Category for “Homage of Two Worlds”; IAIA Student Art Competition; Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

 

REVIEWS & PUBLICATIONS

 

'Indigenous OEF/OIF Veterans Express War Experience Through Art'. Pratt, Stacy. First American Art Magazine. Issue No. 20, Fall 2018, print. 

 

'Spotlight: Navajo Elder Waiting by Monty Little'. Lanteri, Michelle. First American Art Magazine. Issue No. 17, Winter 2017/18, print.

 

'Power of Transformation: Exhibition of works by Diné artist Monty Little set to open at FaraHNHeight Fine Art'. Testerman, Tamra. The Taos News. 8 September 2017, print.

 

'Artist Monty Little finds the surreal in war, peace'. Watts, James D.. Tulsa World. 8 January 2017, print.   

 

'Displacement: Monty Little'. Montgomery, Renee. Art Focus Oklahoma Magazine. Winter 2017, print. 

 

'Faces on the Wall: Monty Little Considers Portraits, Displacement, and PTSD'. Blood, Liz. The Tulsa Voice. November 2016, print.  

 

'Double Vision: Writer and Artist Monty Little'. Abatemarco, Michael. Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo. 21 August 2015, print.

 

'The Renga Project'. Axle Contemporary. June 2013 – July 2014; Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

'Next Hex Nest Curtain: Questionable Transolutions to the Curtain'. Design Wave: the Function of Art Vol. 3, Fall 2013. Collaboration with SITE Santa Fe Design Lab: Next Nest.