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. Each artist’s exhibition will be on view for two months.

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: Dec. 1

Travois First Fridays presents: “Art + Purpose = Community-Inspired Design”

Travois First Fridays will feature two artistic teams who are devoted to ensuring their design and inspiration originates from the communities they serve.

Join us Friday, Dec. 1, from 5:30-8 p.m. Artists talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

Preregister button

We will feature our very own Travois Design team.
Development drawings and structural models will be on display to demonstrate how affordable homes in Indian Country can be green, beautiful and culturally relevant. The talented team of architects that make up Travois Design, led by Ashley Bland, are devoted to strong listening and engagement. This artistic team works closely with American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian partners through community charrettes to inform the design and development of homes, community centers, health clinics and government buildings that will serve generations to come. The Travois Design team includes Lauren DuCharme, Adam Teefey, Taylor Higgins, Jason Betts, Zach Higgins, Elsa Garcia and Shani King.

We will also feature Kansas City’s own JT Daniels.
Have you ever wondered who is behind the overlapping faces, words and characters you see on the KC Streetcar or on the exterior of one of Kansas City’s many historic brick walls? Meet JT Daniels and see more of his work, which is inspired by the story lines of people he’s talked to and shared spaces with. JT is described as one of the most exciting emerging Kansas Citians. He works with youth and community-driven art programs to reflect emotion in design and display Kansas City’s stories, history and people in everyday public life. Learn more on his website.

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @jtdaniels_art
#jtdanielsart  #jtdrawsalotkc


Call for Artists – NOW OPEN!

Find our submission requirements and more details on the Call for Artists here.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2017.

Exhibition Prospectus

Appendix A

Appendix B



Exhibition Jury

  • 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