Travois is hosting a juried art exhibition series featuring North American indigenous artists in 2017 and 2018 at our headquarters in the heart of metro Kansas City.
The Crossroads Arts District is the site of one of the country’s strongest First Friday events and attracts up to 10,000 people from across the heartland.
Our mission is to support and promote American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists through juried exhibition.
Our vision is to see Native artists more prominently featured and powerfully supported in metropolitan Kansas City.
Upcoming First Friday: March 2
Featuring “Domiciles” by Chris T. Cornelius (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)
Chris T. Cornelius, a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who focuses his research and practice on the architectural translation of culture; in particular, American Indian culture. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving American Indian clients. He served as a cultural consultant and design collaborator with Antoine Predock on the Indian Community School of Milwaukee (ICS). ICS won the AIA Design Excellence award from the Committee on Architecture for Education. Cornelius holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In his artist statement, Cornelius said the work in this exhibition “examines the nineteen-month American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island from November 20, 1969 to June 11, 1971. The occupiers took the island through by asking the U.S. Government to honor a treaty they had made 100 years prior. They did not want the island for financial or political gain; they wanted it to create an American Indian cultural center that included American Indian Studies, and American Indian spiritual center, an ecology center and an American Indian Museum. My work supposes, ‘What if they got what they wanted?’ and I will be designing the results.”
Join us Friday, March 2, from 6-8 p.m.
Call for Artists – Closed
Thank you to all of the artists who applied to our call. Our jury has convened, and we will announce the exhibition series schedule soon.
Questions? Contact Eva at email@example.com or 816-994-8970.
- Gina Adams (Ojibwa-Lakota descent), contemporary hybrid artist and faculty at Naropa University
- Bruce Hartman, executive director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
- Gaylord Torrence, senior curator of American Indian art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- Thomas Farris (Otoe-Missouria, Cherokee), manager of Exhibit C Gallery
- Sherry Leedy, artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
- Rachael Cozad, Rachael Cozad Fine Art, and former director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals
- Norman Akers (Osage Nation), artist and associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Kansas
- America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), artist and publishing editor of First American Art Magazine
Click here to read summaries about past exhibitions.
Dec. 1 – Travois Design and JT Daniels
Nov. 3 – Maura Garcia
Oct. 6 – Matika Wilbur
Sept. 1 – Anthony Oropeza