March 2 – “Domiciles” by Chris T. Cornelius (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin)

Chris T. Cornelius, a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who focuses his research and practice on the architectural translation of culture; in particular, American Indian culture. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design and consulting practice serving American Indian clients.

In his artist statement, Cornelius said the work in this exhibition “examines the nineteen-month American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island from November 20, 1969 to June 11, 1971. The occupiers took the island through by asking the U.S. Government to honor a treaty they had made 100 years prior. They did not want the island for financial or political gain; they wanted it to create an American Indian cultural center that included American Indian Studies, and American Indian spiritual center, an ecology center and an American Indian Museum. My work supposes, ‘What if they got what they wanted?’ and I will be designing the results.”

Visit his website at, Facebook page at and on Instagram @christcornelius.

Pictured above from left to right:
“Radio Free Alcatraz: Territories,” 2014, Graphite, colored lead, applique film on Mylar, 18 x 24 inches.

Bear, 2009, Sculpture from copper mesh, brass, bronze, Hydrocal, cigar box, 20 x 25 x 8.5 inches.

“Domicile 03: New Year Moon,” 2011, Watercolor, graphite, colored lead, gouache, toner transfer, 8.2 x 10.1 inches.

Related articles:
Travois First Fridays: “Domiciles” by Chris T. Cornelius


Dec. 1 – Travois Design and JT Daniels

Drawings and structural models were on display to demonstrate how affordable homes in Indian Country can be green, beautiful and culturally relevant. The talented team of architects that make up Travois Design, led by Ashley Bland, are devoted to strong listening and engagement. This artistic team works closely with American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian partners through community charrettes to inform the design and development of homes, community centers, health clinics and government buildings that will serve generations to come. The Travois Design team includes Lauren DuCharme, Adam Teefey, Taylor Higgins, Jason Betts, Zach Higgins, Elsa Garcia and Shani King.

JT Daniels’ work is inspired by the story lines of people he’s talked to and shared spaces with. He is described as one of the most exciting emerging Kansas Citians. He works with youth and community-driven art programs to reflect emotion in design and display Kansas City’s stories, history and people in everyday public life.

Related articles:
Travois First Fridays: Community Inspired Design 


Nov. 3 – Maura Garcia

Photo by Jenny Wheat

Maura Garcia is a dancer and choreographer who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an indigenous woman (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) who uses her art to form connections, uplift indigenous cultural values and explore the rhythms of the natural world. She collaborates to create multimedia, interactive shows and experiential workshops involving audiences.

Maura presented an interactive artist talk and performance at the Nov. Travois First Friday event.

Related articles:
Q&A with dancer and choreographer Maura Garcia

Oct. 6 – Matika Wilbur

Matika Wilbur, a Native American woman of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes, is a photographer and social documentarian. She is currently working on Project 562, a national documentary project dedicated to changing the way we see Native Americans through authentic images and real narratives from contemporary Native America.

Her “Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women” exhibition was on view during October. Matika gave a powerful talk titled “Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes.”

Related articles:
Matika Wilbur to kick off Travois First Fridays exhibition series

  • Darkfeather, Bibiana and Eckos Ancheta (Tulalip), 2014
  • Hannah Tomeo, Colville, Yakima, Nez Perce, Sioux
  • Dr. Mary Evelyn Belgarde (Pueblo of Isleta and Ohkay Owingeh), 2014

Sept. 1 – Anthony Oropeza

Anthony Oropeza is a Kansas City artist and designer who creates and produces sports paintings, fine and cultural art, comic book art and character art through his art and design studios: AOART5 and Strong Ave. Studios. He is also a writer, producer, publisher and creator of a bilingual comic book created for kids to promote reading (AMIGOMAN™). His comic book publication allows him to visit area schools to speak to students about what he does as an artist in creating, designing, writing and publishing his work.