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: Oct. 5

Featuring “Remedy/Reconcile/Rebuild” by Luanne Redeye (Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan)

Born in Jamestown, N.Y., Luanne Redeye grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Western New York. In her artist statement, Redeye said this is where she draws inspiration incorporating community and family members into her paintings, giving her works a strong personal and emotional component. Redeye currently lives in Albuquerque, N.M. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan, she studied at the University of New Mexico, receiving her MFA in 2011.

She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and has been the recipient of various awards including most recently the Barbara and Eric Dobkin Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, N.M.

She said she “uses painting as a way to see others. Working primarily in oil, [I] depict the relationship between perception and experience of Native identity through genre scenes, designs and portraits.”

For Travois First Fridays, Redeye’s exhibition will feature 10 works, to include paintings and beadwork frames. Learn more on her website and Instagram.

Join us Friday, Oct. 5, from 6-8 p.m.

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Luanne Redeye

 


 

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

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.

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