Mona Berman is an artist, art dealer, curator, educator, and consultant specializing in both contemporary art and material culture. Her primary interests are ethnographic jewelry and textiles of Asia.
Mona received her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois and her M.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University.
Mona received an artist grant from the CT Commission on the Arts. Her work has been published internationally and widely exhibited.
As art dealer, Mona's clients include major Fortune 500 corporations, national museums, architects, designers, and private collectors. She has provided curatorial services for Yale Art Gallery, Wesleyan University's Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and for major corporations such as General Electric and The Travelers where she was Gallery Director.
Mona helped draft Connecticut’s first Arts Advocacy Legislation (VARA), has been a reviewer for the US Dept of Higher Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Competition, and a juror for Connecticut’s Per Cent for Arts Program. She currently sits on New Haven's Cultural Affairs Commission. She also served on panels that help third world artists create economically viable, well designed, indigenous products and spent five years on the Board of Directors of a Khmer NGO women’s development center in Cambodia.
In addition to her membership in NCIS, Mona is a member of the American Council for Southern Asian Art, College Art Association, and the Textile Society of America. She has taught at Hampshire College, Fairfield University, and other CT institutions.
Current research areas:
Mona Berman's current research investigates the transmission and evolution of motif and design in southern Asian textiles. She is also developing a standardization of technical terminology for jewelry and metalsmithing for the art professional and collector.