Travois will be 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.


October First Friday

Join us Friday, Oct. 6, from 6-8 p.m. for Travois First Fridays!

Preregister for the event!

Photographer and Social Documentarian Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) is the series’ founding launch artist. Her “Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women” exhibition will be on view to the public for two First Fridays: on Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Nov. 3.

Matika will attend the Oct. 6 showing and will give an artist talk titled “Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes.”

  • Hannah Tomeo, Colville, Yakima, Nez Perce, Sioux
  • Dr. Mary Evelyn Belgarde (Pueblo of Isleta and Ohkay Owingeh), 2014
  • Kumu Olelo Kaeo Izon (Kanaka Maoli-Independent Nation of Hawaii), 2013
  • Darkfeather, Bibiana and Eckos Ancheta (Tulalip), 2014


Call for Artists – NOW OPEN!

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

The deadline to apply is Oct. 30, 2017.


Appendix A

Appendix B

Exhibition Prospectus


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