Travois Call for Artists: Kansas City art exhibitions featuring North American Indigenous artists

Travois First Fridays is continuing in spring 2019! Our juried art exhibition series featuring North American Indigenous artists is seeking up to six artists to show their artwork at exhibitions at our office, in the heart of metro Kansas City, as part of the city’s First Friday celebration.

We need your help! Please share this opportunity with Indigenous artists in your community and encourage them to apply for a chance to show their artwork in our juried exhibition.

Find our submission requirements and more details on the Call for ArtistsThe Call for Artists is open through Jan. 31, 2019.

Our amazing jury for 2019 includes:

  • 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, owned by Chickasaw Nation
  • Bruce Hartman, executive director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Sherry Leedy, artist and owner of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
  • America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), artist and publishing editor of First American Art Magazine
  • Jami Powell (Osage Nation), associate curator of Native American art at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art
  • Gaylord Torrence, senior curator of American Indian art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The six artists selected by our jury will each receive an honorarium of $2,500. Each artist has an opportunity to give a talk related to their exhibition at the opening reception.

The goal of this exhibition series is to highlight the strength and modern-day vitality of North American Indigenous artists and to stimulate art purchases and commissions within one of the nation’s leading art scenes. Travois does not take a commission on artists’ sales.

Featured artists have included: Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip); Chris T. Cornelius (Oneida), Porfirio Gutiérrez (Zapotec), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota), Gina Herrera (Pueblo of Tesuque), Joseph Erb (Cherokee), Luanne Redeye (Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan), Dakota Mace (Diné/Navajo), and Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation).

For full details, visit the Travois First Fridays webpage.

If you haven’t heard of First Fridays before, learn more about the Crossroads Arts District, our neighborhood here. The Crossroads Arts District hosts one of the country’s strongest First Fridays events and attracts up to 10,000 people from across the heartland.

Please pass along this fun opportunity to artists in your community!

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