Butedma, Ononchimeg Dorjdagva Gonso, is a Buryat-Mongol artist living in Indiana. She was born in the town of Binder in Khentii province of Mongolia but for over 10 years has lived in rural Owen County. Grace works in multiple mediums and has explored a variety of styles but shows a preference for working in oils and depictions of her cultural heritage and scenes of rural living.
In June of 2019, Grace had her first one-woman exhibit at Juniper Art Gallery. Her “Sweet Owen” exhibit was made possible by the Individual Advancement Program (IAP) from Indiana Arts Commission, a grant opportunity that provides support to Indiana artists for career development. This allowed her to work on large canvases and as she says, “to present Owen county in a positive and beautiful light.” Grace’s entire exhibit of 13 paintings was purchased by the Owen County Bicentennial Committee and has become a traveling exhibit that will be shown in various locations around Owen County.
Graces lives with her husband and three children on their farm, and is an active member of the Owen County Art Guild.