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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.