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PhotoSpiva 2014

Main Gallery

Mar 8 2014 - May 4 2014

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About this exhibit: After reviewing 1,014 entries from 176 photographers nationwide, the PhotoSpiva 2014 juror, Dornith Doherty, selected 82 images to create an exhibition of photographic excellence for Spiva's Main Gallery from March 8 through May 4. 

The opening reception for the 38th edition of PhotoSpiva, the Center’s national claim to fame, is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7. It will include a Legislative Thank You, recognizing area state legislators. This year's exhibition is sponsored by Freeman Health System with support from the Missouri Arts Council, Freeman R. Johnson Trust, and Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau.  

Once again, art and photography lovers have the opportunity to experience an exhibition that serves as a “snapshot” of current practices in the field of photography. Jurors consider work derived from any type of process – traditional “single source” images, digitally manipulated photos, and, usually, a selection of photo-based mixed media. 

This year, photographer and educator Dornith Doherty accepted Spiva’s invitation to create an exhibition that showcases noteworthy work by both amateur and professional U.S. photographers. Without the guidance of a theme or categories to distinguish photographic processes or professional status, she pored through the 1,000+ online submissions, narrowing them to 82 images that will make up the exhibition. She will arrive in Joplin on March 13 to determine the images that will share $2,000 in cash prizes. The awards will be presented at 7 p.m., Friday, March 14, followed by the annual Juror's Lecture. Doherty will conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews from 10 a.m. ­- 3 p.m. that day. 

“The portfolio review is a wonderful opportunity for photographers,” director Jo Mueller says. “Entering PhotoSpiva isn’t even a requirement. Doherty’s background – years as a teacher and an international speaker for prestigious photography forums – make this experience invaluable,  whether you’re already accomplished or just starting out.” 

PhotoSpiva includes not only the competitive exhibit, juror's lecture and portfolio reviews, but also an exhibition of children's photographs, PhotoSpiva Kids, for youngsters ages four through eight. New to this year's event is PhotoSpiva Tweens for nine to 13 year-olds. Both of these children's exhibits are compiled following classes that introduce youngsters to the techniques and art of taking photographs.   

PhotoSpiva is sponsored by Freeman Health System with additional financial support from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Freeman R. Johnson Trust, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. PhotoSpiva Kids and Tweens are sponsored by Corner Greer & Associates, Architects.

Natalie Wiseman Un-Still Life

Regional Gallery

Mar 8 2014 - May 4 2014

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About this exhibit: A primary color palette and realistic sets of toys, coins, and other household items will dominate local artist Natalie Wiseman's exhibit Un-Still Life, which will be featured in the Regional Gallery from March 8 through May 4. 

Wiseman's colorful work against backdrops of distressed wood, frayed cloth and brown paper bags represent trains of thought at a given time, rather than zeroing in on a precise, singular message. Those trains of thought are derailed by real life at times and the physical goings-on outside the constructs of the still life are suggested through the addition of crumbs, half eaten food, and spills.  

With the exception of three pieces that incorporate colored pencil or airbrush technique, all of the works in Un-Still Life are acrylic on panel.  

Wiseman holds a bachelor's in studio art from Missouri Southern State University. She contributed work to Spiva's 2010-2013 Small Works auctions, exhibited in the Membership Show in 2010, and received second place in 2-D in both 2012 and 2013. Her work was featured in the former Rose Gallery in 2010 and 2011. 

Natalie Wiseman: Un-Still Life is sponsored by Steven W. and Diana Graddy with additional financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Whitney Scott Photography Faces of Hope: The Inspiring People of God's Resor

Upstairs Gallery

Apr 1 2014 - Apr 30 2014

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About this exhibit: Two photography exhibits will share the Upstairs Gallery during April. Photographer Whitney Scott, who curated a popular 2011 exhibit linking photos and music, will display new work in the Upstairs Gallery “room,” while an exhibit of PhotoSpiva Tweens will take over the hallways.  

Scott’s Faces of Hope: The Inspiring People of God’s Resort features people she met while volunteering in God’s Resort, an area of downtown Joplin previously known as “The Last Resort,” a name that implied that prison or homelessness could be next for people who couldn’t make it there. At God’s Resort, she was shocked to discover that these were “not people who were beaten down or discouraged, but a group of courageous individuals who dreamed of a better life – a gathering of survivors who were bonding as neighbors and friends, who were helping one another.” In their midst, she found a “community of hope”… and inspiration for these photographs.

PhotoSpiva Tweens

Upstairs Gallery

Apr 1 2014 - Apr 30 2014

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About this exhibit: For young photographers who were disappointed to age out of PhotoSpiva Kids, February 15 marked the beginning of a new Spiva tradition, PhotoSpiva Tweens, for nine- to 13-year-olds. 

Allison Rogers, who teaches Spiva’s summer Photography Camp, expanded on the basics and challenged students to seek out unusual subjects – faces in nature, letters in architecture, even trick shots – to make the PhotoSpiva Tweens exhibit in April especially interesting. Like the PhotoSpiva Kids, the students used digital cameras provided by the Bettie Mueller Memorial Fund for PhotoSpiva

The PhotoSpiva Tweens reception and awards presentation takes place at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 6. Jurors David and Whitney Scott of Whitney Scott Photography in Carthage will select two photos by each photographer for the exhibition. All exhibition work is available for sale, with 60% of the sale price going to the artist.