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Current and Upcoming Exhibits

  • Ressie Burrows: In a Paper Boat - Aug 01 thru Aug 30 - Upstairs Gallery - Learn More
  • Pam Denniston's Eclectic Collections: Home Is Where the 'Art Is - Jul 18 thru Sep 06 - Main Gallery - Learn More
  • John Bremer: Tactile Dimensions - Jul 16 thru Sep 06 - Regional Gallery - Learn More
  • Diverse Directions: Robert Russell & Alex Barde - May 16 thru Jul 03 - Main Gallery - Learn More
  • Uncommon Threads: A Dozen Shades of Gray - May 16 thru Jul 03 - Regional Gallery - Learn More

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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