Monica Buckle is a consultant, curator and scholar specializing in Native American arts and culture both traditional and contemporary. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
Buckle provides a Native dialogue for the representation of Indigenous subject matter with her cultural knowledge and inter-tribal sensitivity. She is an advocate for the sustainability and cultural continuity of Native communities.
Buckle holds a Master’s Degree in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She is the Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Curator of Fine Art at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde, Arizona. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service to Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center stewards a collection consisting of 80,000 Hisatsinom (Sinagua) artifacts and remnants.
She previously served as a Docent at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, Connecticut. Founded and managed Monica Buckle Gallery LLC, an online art gallery with exhibition presence at New York art fairs. Worked as an Analytical Research Volunteer with Lord Cultural Resources, a global cultural consulting practice with museum planning and development services. She was the Visual Arts Coordinator and Public Relations Specialist for the American Indian Community House in New York City. Most recently, she was a Native Representative and a Community Curator for the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona.
Buckle serves on the Board of Directors with the Mesa Verde Foundation in Colorado. The Mesa Verde Foundation is the official philanthropic partner to Mesa Verde National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mesa Verde National Park protects and conserves 5,000 known Ancestral Puebloan and Native American sites.
Her focus extends to public relations in promoting emerging and established Native American, First Nations and Indigenous artists. Additionally, she coordinates and moderates webinars, virtual events and educational programming for cultural institutions and the National Park Service.
Buckle has a love of horses and oversaw riding and horsemanship sessions for youth, adults and veterans with disabilities and challenges at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster, New York.