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Current and Upcoming Exhibits

  • Ed Larson: Wonderful Collaborations - Jun 01 thru Jun 30 - Upstairs Gallery - Learn More
  • Robert X. Fogarty: Dear World Revisited - May 14 thru Jul 03 - Regional Gallery - Learn More
  • Matthew Dehaemers: Fusing - Grafting - Melding - May 14 thru Jul 03 - Main Gallery - Learn More
  • Four State Photography Enthusiasts: Ozarks Through the Lens - May 03 thru May 29 - Upstairs 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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