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.


June 7, 2019 | “Wounds Many” by Keith Secola

Join us Friday, June 7, from 6-8 p.m. for Travois First Fridays!

Keith Secola and "Wounds Many"
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Keith Secola will join us on June 7 in partnership with AIGA KC.

Secola grew up in the Southwest and belongs to the Northern Ute and Anishinaabe nations. He earned an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, focusing on silkscreen printing, and currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

He says his earliest influences came from his father, who is a musician, traveling and exposing him to contemporary Native arts at a young age. Finding a balance between contemporary life and tradition, he creates a blend of images, prints, paintings, and installation derived from oral storytelling and Native America to communicate his work. Most recently, Secola was named a 2018-2019 Fellowship Artist by the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA.

Learn more on his website at and on Instagram @Mino_mashkiki.

Preregister and receive two free drink tickets (21+).

After 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, please register at the door.

2019 Travois First Fridays

Travois First Fridays published a second Call for Artists to select visual artists for our exhibition series featuring North American Indigenous art. We will be open for receptions on May 3, 2019; June 7, 2019; Sept. 6, 2019; Oct. 4, 2019; and Nov. 1, 2019.

Travois’ headquarters is located in the heart of metro Kansas City in the Crossroads Arts District, site of one of the country’s strongest First Friday events, attracting up to 10,000 people from across the heartland. Travois is located at the epicenter of this community-gathering space where Kansas City’s art scene thrives.

2019 Exhibition jury

  • Gina Adams (Ojibwa-Lakota descent), contemporary hybrid artist and faculty at Naropa University
  • Norman Akers (Osage Nation), artist and associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Kansas
  • Rachael Cozad, Rachael Cozad Fine Art, and former director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals
  • Thomas Farris (Otoe-Missouria, Cherokee), manager of Exhibit C Gallery of the Chickasaw Nation
  • Bruce Hartman, executive director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Sherry Leedy, artist and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
  • America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), artist and publishing editor of First American Art Magazine
  • Gaylord Torrence, senior curator of American Indian art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Jami Powell (Osage Nation), associate curator of Native American art at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art

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

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Travois First Fridays featuring Chris T. Cornelius for March 2 exhibition (p. 38)

Past exhibitions

Please read our media release about 2018 selected artists here.

Read exhibition summaries from 2017 and 2018 here.

March 1, 2019 – “Below The Surface” by Holly Wilson (Delaware Nation/Cherokee)

Dec. 7, 2018 – “ME” by Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation)

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 (Cherokee)

Aug. 3, 2018 – “A Fanciful Escapade” by Gina Herrera (Pueblo of Tesuque)

June 1, 2018 – “Life Is Breaktaking” by Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota)

May 4, 2018 – “Rituals” by Porfirio Gutiérrez (Zapotec)

March 2, 2018 – “Domiciles” by Chris T. Cornelius (Oneida Nation)

Dec. 1, 2017 – Travois Design and JT Daniels

Nov. 3, 2017 – Maura Garcia

Oct. 6, 2017 – Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip)

Sept. 1, 2017 – Anthony Oropeza