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.
Oct. 4 | Mona Cliff (Aaniiih / Tribe of Fr. Belknap, Montana) | “Generational Knowledge”
After 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, please register at the door.
Mona Cliff was born in Prescott, AZ, was raised in Portland, OR, and currently resides in Lawrence, KS. She is an enrolled member of the Aaniiih (White Clay people)/ Assiniboine tribes, and has Polish and German heritage. She uses traditional Indigenous techniques in conjunction with contemporary images.
Cliff explores the subject of identity, culture and mixed heritage. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. During that time, she used photo-etching and collage to explore issues of Native identity in contemporary America, by using humor to address stereotypical ideas of Native people and identity. After graduating, she turned to traditional Native methods as a way of further understanding the connection of Indigenous identity.
“In this series ‘Generational Knowledge,’ I am creating a space to honor what has been labeled ‘woman’s work.’ I am looking toward the mediums and conduits of craft, how Indigenous cultures thrive and are created in the quiet corners of a home,” Cliff said. “My art is rooted in my Aaniiih and Eastern European heritage. I use my art to explore the concept of woman as gatekeepers of cultural knowledge, how this knowledge forms personal identity, and is passed down generationally to create traditions.”
Oct. 4 | National Solar Tour open house
Come early for our National Solar Tour open house, starting at 5 p.m. Please enter on the northwest side of the building, along 19th Street, just east of Broadway.
Please note, there is not accessible access to the rooftop deck for the tour. The only access is by stairway. Panels can be seen from three sides at exterior of building.
For accessible entry for the art exhibition, enter through our main doors on the south side of the building (19th Terrace).