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November 21, 2018

1. Burrough Pearl and Ruby Necklace Rattle Medium: Jewelry 23" x 6" x 1.5" 2013 Primary Discipline: Jewelry Description: Burrough Pearl and Ruby, Argentium Silver (935), Sterling Silver Wire (925). Photo Credit - Cathy Short, Lizard Light Productions.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (November 20, 2018) - With a focus on North American Indigenous artists, Travois First Fridays jurors selected nine professionals to share their artwork as part of a visual art exhibition series at the Travois office in the Crossroads Art District, 310 W. 19th Terr. in Kansas City, MO. The next First Fridays event will be on Friday, December 7, with Nelda Schrupp (Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation) and her exhibition: "ME."

"I'm so pleased and honored to exhibit my work with the folks in the Kansas City area. Thanks to Travois for giving me this opportunity," Schrupp said. "I'm looking forward to sharing in detail about my art, inspiration and creativity."

"Nelda Schrupp has used her talent to make beautiful metalworks, jewelry and small sculptures but at a young age, it started with her mother's teachings," Travois President Phil Glynn said. "Nelda's mother taught her to sew, and she's credited those teachings in helping to clothe her family in hard times and provide trainings to her community. I connect with Nelda - probably like many others. I strive every day to use my talents to provide for my family, invest in my staff and make an impact in my community. I look forward to learning more about Nelda, her inspiration and her one-of-a-kind works."

Nelda Schrupp was born the youngest of 11 children, to Cecilia and Henry McArthur, and grew up on White Bear Indian Reservation, Carlyle, Saskatchewan. She attended various boarding schools and earned her BFA degree from the University of North Dakota in 1990. She majored in art with a concentration in ceramics and a minor in jewelry and small sculpture. This exposure to metalwork enticed her to study this medium in more detail. She entered graduate school in 1993 at the University of North Dakota and received an MFA degree in metalsmithing, jewelry and small sculpture. She is currently based out of Lakota, N.D.

In her artist statement, Schrupp said, "From a young age, I have been interested in sewing, beading, and working with my hands. When I would come back from boarding school, my mother would teach me her techniques of sewing (where I started on an old pedal Sears sewing machine), or hand stitch cloth and leather. My mother would have me work on small projects, patching clothes, and as I became more proficient, I would help sew dance regalia. I have always been interested in working with my hands. Her teachings have been very instrumental in my ability to clothe my family in hard times. I have beaded on a loom and directly on to regalia. I have been called upon numerous times to teach moccasin-making, willow-weaving and bead-working."

For Travois First Fridays, her exhibition will feature 10 artworks, to include wall hangings and jewelry. Learn more on her website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

On December 7, Travois will be open to the public from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Preregistration is available on the Travois website at Schrupp will give a brief artist talk to introduce her work at 6:30 p.m.

Appetizers will be provided by Ragazza Food & Wine, while supplies last, along with two drink tickets for guests (21 and older) who preregister prior to each event. Stockyards Brewing Company is a co-sponsor and will provide craft beer.


The Travois First Fridays jury of artists and Kansas City industry professionals selected the indigenous artists out of applicants who responded to a nationwide open call. 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.

Travois First Fridays is a visual art exhibition series featuring North American indigenous artists 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. More information about the juried exhibition series can be found at


2. Decorative Ceremonial Rattle Medium: Metalsmithing 18" x 12" x 6" 2014 Primary Discipline: Mixed Media Description: Contemporary designed Ceremonial Rattle in Sterling Silver (925), Horsehair, and Deer Antler. Photo credit - courtesy of the artist.

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 more than 200 developments through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, making an impact of more than $1.4 billion across Indian Country. These private investor funds have helped build or rehabilitate nearly 5,500 homes and have helped finance critical economic developments, 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 improvements, asset management and compliance services, impact investment models, and comprehensive training to clients in 22 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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