September 20, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (SEPT. 15, 2017) - Beginning this fall, Travois is hosting a juried visual art exhibition series featuring North American indigenous artists at its headquarters in the Crossroads Art District, 310 W. 19th Terr. in Kansas City, MO. North American indigenous artists (American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians) are encouraged to respond to a call for artists for consideration in the series that is open through Oct. 30 here.

"Kansas City's First Fridays events bring thousands of people to our neighborhood every month," said Travois CEO Elizabeth Glynn. "Our goal with this exhibition series is to highlight the strength and modern-day vitality of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and to stimulate art purchases and commissions for these artists. We want to expose Kansas City to new artists and their work, along with the rich culture of indigenous people and Indian Country."

Photographer and Social Documentarian Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) is the series' founding launch artist. Her "Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women" exhibition will be on view to the public for two First Fridays: on Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Nov. 3. Wilbur will attend the Oct. 6 showing and will give an artist talk titled "Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes." Preregistration is available on the Travois website at

Sinead Talley (Karuk and Yurok), 2017

"It will be especially powerful to hear Matika speak about Native American stereotypes before the federally observed holiday of Columbus Day," Travois President Phil Glynn said. "At Travois, we do not observe this holiday and support efforts to rename it as Indigenous Peoples' Day."

A jury of artists and Kansas City industry professionals will select six indigenous artists to show work as the part of the series over the next year. Jurors for the series include: 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; and America Meredith (Cherokee Nation), artist and publishing editor of First American Art Magazine.

More information about the juried exhibition series can be found at

About Travois First Fridays

Travois First Fridays is a visual art exhibition series featuring North American indigenous artists in 2017 and 2018 at the Travois headquarters in the heart of metro Kansas City. 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.

About Travois

Travois is a mission-driven business focused exclusively on promoting housing and economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Since 1995, Travois has brought investor equity to 200 projects through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and New Markets Tax Credit program, making an impact of more than $1 billion across Indian Country. These private investor funds have helped build or rehabilitated more than 5,100 homes and have helped finance critical economic development projects, including infrastructure, health care, community centers, education facilities and job incubators. The Travois family of companies also offers architectural design and construction monitoring services, environmental assessments, consulting on green energy leadership, asset management and compliance services, impact investment models, comprehensive training and advocacy to clients in 21 states, from Hawaii and Alaska to Maine and California. For more information, please visit or find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram or on the company blog.


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