Exhibition series calls for Indigenous artists

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/03/2017 04:00 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Travois is hosting a juried visual art exhibition series featuring North American Indigenous artists at its headquarters in the Crossroads Art District at 310 W. 19th Terrace.

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 at https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4683.

“Kansas City’s First Fridays events bring thousands of people to our neighborhood every month,” Travois CEO Elizabeth Glynn said. “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: Oct. 6 and Nov. 3.

Wilbur will attend the Oct. 6 showing and will give a talk titled “Changing the Way We See Native America: Dismantling Native American Stereotypes.” Preregistration is available on the Travois website at travois.com/news-events/first-fridays/.

“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.

For information about the juried exhibition series, visit travois.com/news-events/first-fridays/.

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