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, 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: Dec. 7

Featuring “ME” by Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation) 

Nelda Schrupp was born the youngest of 11 children, to Cecilia and Henry McArthur, and grew up on White Bear Indian Reservation, Carlyle, Saskatchewan. She attended various boarding schools and earned her BFA degree from the University of North Dakota in 1990. She majored in art with a concentration in ceramics and a minor in jewelry and small sculpture. This exposure to metalwork enticed her to study this medium in more detail. She entered graduate school in 1993 at the University of North Dakota and received an MFA degree in metalsmithing, jewelry and small sculpture.

In her artist statement, Schrupp said, “From a young age, I have been interested in sewing, beading, and working with my hands. When I would come back from boarding school, my mother would teach me her techniques of sewing (where I started on an old pedal Sears sewing machine), or hand stitch cloth and leather. My mother would have me work on small projects, patching clothes, and as I became more proficient, I would help sew dance regalia. I have always been interested in working with my hands. Her teachings have been very instrumental in my ability to clothe my family in hard times. I have beaded on a loom and directly on to regalia. I have been called upon numerous times to teach moccasin-making, willow-weaving and bead-working.”

For Travois First Fridays, her exhibition will feature 10 artworks, to include wall hangings and jewelry. Learn more on her websiteFacebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Join us Friday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 p.m.

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Future exhibitions

Thank you to all of the artists who applied to our call! Please read about selected artists and our exhibition schedule here.


2017-2018 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

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

Read summaries about past exhibitions here.

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

Aug. 3, 2018 – “A Fanciful Escapade” by Gina Herrera

June 1, 2018 – “Life Is Breaktaking” by Cannupa Hanska Luger

May 4, 2018 – “Rituals” by Porfirio Gutiérrez

March 2, 2018 – “Domiciles” by Chris T. Cornelius

Dec. 1, 2017 – Travois Design and JT Daniels

Nov. 3, 2017 – Maura Garcia

Oct. 6, 2017 – Matika Wilbur

Sept. 1, 2017 – Anthony Oropeza