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Current Exhibits

  • Whitney Scott Photography: Faces of Hope: The Inspiring People of God's Resor - Apr 01 thru Apr 30 - Upstairs Gallery - Learn More
  • PhotoSpiva Tweens: - Apr 01 thru Apr 30 - Upstairs Gallery - Learn More
  • Natalie Wiseman: Un-Still Life - Mar 08 thru May 04 - Regional Gallery - Learn More
  • PhotoSpiva 2014 : - Mar 08 thru May 04 - Main Gallery - Learn More


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    Sunday 1-5
  • Closed Monday & major holidays

Spiva Center for the Arts

Spiva Center for the Arts has provided visual arts experiences for the four-state region since 1947. The Center has journeyed to three locations over time: the Zelleken House at 4th & Sergeant, the campus of Missouri Southern State University, and the historic Cosgrove Building in downtown Joplin. Learn More About Spiva »


PhotoSpiva is a national competition hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts. Founded in 1977, PhotoSpiva has become the longest-running photographic competition of its kind in the U.S. As stated by the founders, the objective of PhotoSpiva is to "present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today's contemporary photographers."

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