Travois is hosting a juried art exhibition series featuring North American Indigenous artists 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, Native Hawaiian, First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and Indigenous Mexican artists through juried exhibition.

Our vision is to see Indigenous artists more prominently featured and powerfully supported in metropolitan Kansas City.

Please note, we will be closed for the January First Friday. We will not host a reception.

Next reception: Feb. 1, 2019

A special Travois First Fridays featuring our friend, Juan Houston, and his curated collection of jazz art

Art collector Juan “Jazzman” Houston has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant and as owner of Protective Level Security Services. He focuses his art collection on jazz art and hopes this exhibition will inspire more people to understand and enjoy jazz art and jazz music.

For Travois First Fridays, the exhibition will feature 2D and 3D works focused on jazz. Read KCUR’s article about his exhibition at the Garrison School Cultural Center here.

Join us Friday, Feb. 1, from 6-8 p.m.

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Call for Indigenous Artists – Now open through Jan. 31, 2019!

Travois First Fridays is opening a second Call for Artists to select up to six visual artists for its exhibition series featuring North American Indigenous art. Travois’ headquarters is located in the heart of metro Kansas City in the Crossroads Arts District, site of one of the country’s strongest First Friday events, attracting up to 10,000 people from across the heartland. Travois is located at the epicenter of this community-gathering space where Kansas City’s art scene thrives.

Apply online via CaFÉ (Call for Entry):

The fee to apply is $15. For up to six artists selected by the jury, Travois will pay a $2,500 honorarium in check form on the evening of the opening reception. Travois does not take any commission for art sales as this is a philanthropic initiative for our organization.


  • Jan. 31, 2019 – Call for Artists closes
  • Early February 2019 – Travois First Fridays jury meets and selects up to six artists
  • Feb. 15, 2019 – Deadline for all applying artists to have been notified
  • Feb. 27, 2019 – For artists who are selected, additional information will be due (APPENDIX B: ARTIST QUESTIONNAIRE AND CHECKLIST and APPENDIX D: EXHIBITION INVENTORY LIST) and then a contract will be sent (APPENDIX C: VISUAL ART LOAN AGREEMENT). Artist is not confirmed until all forms are completed and returned by the deadline.
  • March 1, 2019 – Artist Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation/Cherokee) featured at First Friday opening

Up to six artists will be selected for 2019 First Friday receptions on: May 3, 2019; June 7, 2019; August 2, 2019; September 6, 2019; October 4, 2019; and November 1, 2019.

Download a PDF copy of the call here. 

Questions about the call?

Contact Eva Schulte at or 816-994-8970.


2018-2019 Exhibition jury

  • Gina Adams (Ojibwa-Lakota descent), contemporary hybrid artist and faculty at Naropa University
  • Norman Akers (Osage Nation), artist and associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Kansas
  • Rachael Cozad, Rachael Cozad Fine Art, and former director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals
  • Thomas Farris (Otoe-Missouria, Cherokee), manager of Exhibit C Gallery of the Chickasaw Nation
  • Bruce Hartman, executive director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Sherry Leedy, artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
  • America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), artist and publishing editor of First American Art Magazine
  • Gaylord Torrence, senior curator of American Indian art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Jami Powell (Osage Nation), associate curator of Native American art at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art

Exhibition press

Travois featuring Dakota Mace, Diné (Navajo) as part of First Fridays art series in Kansas City

Gallery Glance – “ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ (Long Men): the native streams and rivers of the land” by Joseph Erb (Cherokee) at Travois

Erb to be part of First Fridays art series in Kansas City

In Kansas City’s Crossroads, unusual space spotlights untraditional American Indian art

American Indian art joins Crossroads First Fridays

Alcatraz occupation inspires architecture prof’s KC exhibition

Travois First Fridays featuring Chris T. Cornelius for March 2 exhibition (p. 38)


Past exhibitions

Please read our media release about 2018 selected artists here.

Read exhibition summaries from 2017 and 2018 here.

Dec. 7, 2018 – “ME” by Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation)

Nov. 2, 2018 – “Kéyah (Land)” by Dakota Mace (Diné)

Oct. 5, 2018 – “Remedy/Reconcile/Rebuild” by Luanne Redeye (Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan)

Sept. 7, 2018 – “ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎦᏅᎯᏓ (Long Men): the native streams and rivers of the land” by Joseph Erb (Cherokee)

Aug. 3, 2018 – “A Fanciful Escapade” by Gina Herrera (Pueblo of Tesuque)

June 1, 2018 – “Life Is Breaktaking” by Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota)

May 4, 2018 – “Rituals” by Porfirio Gutiérrez (Zapotec)

March 2, 2018 – “Domiciles” by Chris T. Cornelius (Oneida Nation)

Dec. 1, 2017 – Travois Design and JT Daniels

Nov. 3, 2017 – Maura Garcia

Oct. 6, 2017 – Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip)

Sept. 1, 2017 – Anthony Oropeza