Travois First Fridays is a visual art exhibition series featuring North American Indigenous artists. Our mission is to support and promote American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists. Our vision is to see Indigenous artists more prominently featured and powerfully supported in metropolitan Kansas City and beyond.

Since 2017, we have hosted Indigenous artists in our Kansas City office. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our 2020 exhibition series has been changed to a digital experience. We are excited to host three digital artist talks this fall! Meet Indigenous artists and hear their stories from the comfort of your home.

The digital format will provide an opportunity for audience participation outside of Kansas City.

Tune in for lunchtime talks on the first Friday in September, October and November. The artist talks will be hosted on Zoom, a video communication platform. Find easy Zoom instructions here.


Digital exhibition dates and artist info:

Friday, October 2 at 1 p.m. (CST): “Disappearing Earth/Invisible Sky” by Starr Hardridge (Muscogee Creek Nation)

Join artist Starr Hardridge for a discussion about southeastern contemporary Native pointillism in the time of a pandemic. 

Register for Starr’s digital artist talk: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SkH916_mRS6cK6oVRLNRkA

Starr Hardridge is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. His works are an assemblage of pointillism and a Southeastern Woodlands beadwork aesthetic. Starr uses bold colors and geometric shapes to create modern works inspired by Muscogee patterns and designs. Through pattern, texture, and dream-like reverie, his work is a sensory journey of candy-coated hues and meticulously executed textures. Even serious contemplative themes are handled with a delicate mix of reverence and whimsy.

“I draw inspiration from all things in nature and I try to make connections from the past to the present with an assemblage of multicolor paint dots,” Starr said. “I use pointillism as a means to express a “beaded surface” in which I narrate relationships and archetypes of the human condition.”

Starr received a BFA in illustration and painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. He continued his studies at a one-year residency in Penne D’Agenais France at the Nadai Verdon Atelier of Decorative Arts.

Visit starrhardridge.com for more artist information.


Friday, November 6: “The Great Basin Native Artists” by Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute, Modoc)

Melissa Melero-Moose, a Great Basin Native artist, will discuss the origins and processes of her Great Basin mixed-media artwork. She will also explain the evolution of her career, which led her to founding Great Basin Native Artists, a collective of Indigenous artists living in or from the region.

Please note, this will not be a live artist talk. A recorded video of Melissa Melero-Moose’s talk will be published on the Travois website.

Sign up to receive Melissa’s digital artist talk: https://travois.com/event/?ee=85

“I created these works to celebrate the art, design and culture of the Paiute people through color and texture on canvas,” Melissa said. “I am honored to be a part of Travois First Fridays and very grateful to be sharing my paintings and stories in this part of the country.”

Melissa Melero-Moose is a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe with ties to Fort Bidwell Paiute, Calif. She is an accomplished artist with her own unique style. Her works consist of contemporary mixed media paintings inspired by the landscape and culture of the Numu (Northern Paiute) in Nevada, California, and Oregon — natural surroundings in the Great Basin (willow and pine nuts), and Paiute basketry and local petroglyphs. Melissa has also integrated her own green painting techniques and disciplines to her process that ensures a lighter environmental footprint.

Melissa holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and fine arts from Portland State University. Her works are included in permanent collections of the School for Advanced Research (IARC), Santa Fe, N.M.; Autry Museum in Los Angeles, Cali; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.; the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, Nev.; and the Lilley Museum, at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Visit melissamelero.com for additional artist info.