Beverly (Bear King) Moran | This artist is a member of SWAIA.org
Of Hunkpapa Lakota Heritage and enrolled at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota, Moran grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. As a child, she spent the summers in Fort Yates, North Dakota with her grandmother Clara Bear King-Taylor, who would take her to pow wows where she would dance but lacked her regalia. It wasn't until 1996 that she was able to have a Woman's Northern Traditional Buckskin dress made for her. Andrea (her daughter) was 2 years old at the time, and they began to travel the pow wow circuit.
It was actually Andrea's desire to dance that motivated Moran to learn how to bead. Having since becoming recognized dancer in the pow wow world, Moran is known for her woman's Northern Traditional buckskin dance outfits with their distinctive fully beaded yokes, bags, moccasins and leggings, in traditional Lakota beadwork patterns and styling. Not only does she create wearable dance regalia, but she also creates miniatures that are framed and displayed as art pieces.
In 2004, she entered her first art competition , at the New Mexico State Fair, and in 2005 she took the Best of Show award. In 2007, she not only won top awards at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, but she was also awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA). Since she has received numerous awards in the top Indian Art Markets, including the Heard Museum Guild Fair & Market, the Red Cloud Indian Art Show, the Cherokee Art Market, the Gathering of People, Wind and Water, and the Native American Clothing Contest at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market. In 2016 she won Best of Show at the Autry Museum of the American West and the Best of Classification at the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market in 2018. Recently, her dress "Seen By Her Nation" won a prestigious award at the Southwestern Association Native American Clothing Contest. Additionally, she is a two-time recipient of the First Peoples Fund, Artist in Business Leadership Program and has received a grant from the Native Creative Development Program. She was a 2016 Cultural Capital Grant Recipient from First Peoples Fund.