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: May 4

Featuring “Rituals” by Porfirio Gutiérrez (Zapotec)

Porfirio Gutiérrez is a proud descendant of many generations of Zapotec weavers from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. In his artist statement, Gutiérrez detailed his background: For over 2000 years, this town has been a wellspring of Zapotec textile arts and culture. Gutiérrez’s father, who was a master weaver, saw his potential and took every opportunity to help him develop and refine his artistic skills as a weaver. As Porfirio’s talent grew, his appreciation for his Zapotec heritage and traditional arts deepened, and his personal expression has been influenced by stories told by his elders about cultural rituals, ceremonies and the Zapotec way of life in the past.

When Gutiérrez eventually settled in California, the artistic roots that were deep set in Oaxaca soon expanded to include influences from life in urban America. His work has now been shown in eight countries on four continents. The story of his art has been told in publications such as the New York Times and videos televised on PBS, Univision, as well as a documentary funded by the Smithsonian Institute’s NMAI. In 2015, Gutiérrez was chosen by the Smithsonian Institute to be one of only four artists in the Western hemisphere to participate in their prestigious Artist In Leadership Program. Gutiérrez continues to be a tireless advocate, educator and ethnic ambassador for traditional Zapotec arts and culture. Learn more on his website and Facebook page.

Join us Friday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m.

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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 or 816-994-8970.



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

Past exhibitions

Click here to read summaries about past exhibitions.

March 2 – “Domiciles” by Chris T. Cornelius

Dec. 1 – Travois Design and JT Daniels

Nov. 3 – Maura Garcia

Oct. 6 – Matika Wilbur

Sept. 1 – Anthony Oropeza