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New exhibits Open

Posted: 7/19/2014 12:00:00 AM

The brooding landscapes and mystical still lifes of one of America's preeminent photographers will line the walls of Spiva's Main Gallery when the exhibit Paul Caponigro: Photographs by an American Master opens Saturday, July 19.     

Accompanying the Caponigro exhibit in the Main Gallery will be a Regional Gallery exhibit, Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects. It will feature prints, sculptures and collages that are a mix of conceptualism and surrealism. That exhibit runs through Sunday, Aug. 24.    

The Caponigro exhibit will run through Sunday, Sept. 7.    

Caponigro is among America's prominent 20th century black and white photographers. He is best known for his landscapes and for the mystical qualities of his work. Mystery infuses his images, whether of New England's dark woodlands, the brooding megaliths and Celtic stone crosses of Britain and Ireland, or Southwestern desert landscapes transfigured by the sun.       

The Spiva exhibit will consist of 44 of Caponigro's key works, including Galaxy Apple, Running White Deer, and pieces from his megalith series. They come from the collection of J. Armin Rust, a Kansas City-area attorney who built a professional relationship with the photographer.    

Rust will discuss his relationship with Caponigro and aspects of the photographer's work during a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Admission will be a $10 voluntary contribution.    

Caponigro's first one-man exhibition took place at the George Eastman House in 1958. In the 1960s, he taught photography at Boston University, while served as a consultant with the Polaroid Corp. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and in 2001 was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.     

His work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim, Whitney, Norton Simon Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.    

The exhibit, Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects, isn't exactly surrealist art. The works appear more as images plucked from a surreal world.    

Au’s paintings, prints and sculpture address the shortcomings of contemporary society by mixing science and nature with industrial advancement. Purdum’s works are a combination of collage and drawing in which natural and man-made objects are arranged into “cabinets” that appear as collaged texture, linear wood grains, dripping planar furnishings, or mass-produced decor.    

Au, a Cincinnati-based artist, is associate professor of printmaking at Miami University Middletown (Ohio). His work has been exhibited in Estonia, Bulgaria, Canada, Turkey, Iceland and Denmark, as well in exhibits at Loyola University, San Diego Art Institute, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and the Tinlark Gallery in Los Angeles, among other galleries.    

The work of Purdum, also a native of Ohio, has been exhibited in Alpan Gallery at Huntington, N.Y., Katzen Center of American University at Washington, D.C., Youngstown (N.Y.) State University, and beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary Art at Birmingham, Ala. Her work has been published in “Drawings Essentials, a Guide to Drawing from Observation,” by Deborah Rockman.    

Andrew Au and Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects is sponsored by Leggett & Platt Inc. and Paul Caponigro: Photographs by an American Master is sponsored by Cardinal/Detecto Scale. Both exhibits are presented with financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Teacher Bios for Summer Camps/Classes

Posted: 5/24/2014 12:00:00 AM

Carrie Cavitt- "Miss Carrie", owner of the Plaid Giraffe Preschool, has taught and loved   preschool children in the area for over 20years. Miss Carrie has been teaching summer art courses to children at Spiva for over five years.  She loves to teach children to use their imagination and create art in fun and different ways.
Beth Christodoulou Lawson - Beth teaches art at Carthage Middle School and the Arts and Crafts class at MSSU.She enjoys teaching art, especially fiber arts. Some of the classes she has taught at Spiva Center for the Arts includes Fiber Arts Camp, Silk Scarf Sun Prints, and Music and Mayhem.
Josie Mai- Josie is an artist from Kansas City who received an undergraduate degree in art education from the University of Kansa sand a Master of Fine Arts degree at Parsons School of Design in New York City.Josie is an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at MSSU and serves on Spiva's Board of Directors.
Jane McCaulley – Art has always been Jane's passion. Jane recently retired from 36 years of teaching art in the public schools of Indiana. Jane has seven years experience with fused glass. She loves teaching fused glass and mosaics to young and old, and this is her third year teaching Spiva’s Fused Glass Camp.
Karalee McDonaldKaralee graduated from MSSU with a degree in Art Education.   In her spare time she loves to paint and do fused glass. Currently, she is the Education Coordinator for Spiva, but every chance she gets, she is in the classroom doing what she loves - teaching
Amber Mintert - Amber has been teaching at Webb City High School for 10 years and   Crowder College for five. Her credentials include a bachelor's degree in Art   EducationK-12 from MSU, a Masters in Secondary Education from PSU, an associates degree from University of Maryland in General Studies.
Fred Mintert – Fred is starting his 10th year as the Carthage Junior High School art teacher; his wife, Amber, teaches art at Webb City High. He loves origami,ceramics and drawing, but he gets to do everything as a teacher! Fred and family live in Joplin, and you might see them zipping around town in their VW bus!
Jordan Murdock Jordanh as a passion for creating and sharing art. As a studio art graduate from MSSU, she has studied composition, theory, and drawing techniques with an emphasis in figurative work. She has worked in a large spectrum of mediums, with oil painting being her first and last love in the arts.
Derek Norton – Derek is currently studying Art Education at MSSU. He has helped with our third-grade field trip program and loves to teach. He especially loves making creatures out of Sculpey and anything to do with animation and graphic design.
Allison Rogers – Allison is a fun combination of teacher and artist. She has taught in public schools for 10 years and loves taking every opportunity to expand her students' love of art. This is Allison's third year teaching Spiva's summer Photography Camp. In her spare time she loves photography and bookmaking.
Sarah Serio Sarah is a working artist exhibiting nationally in printmaking and working in ceramics. Serio serves as president of Joplin Regional Artist Coalition, serves on the Neosho Arts Council Board of Directors, and is a member of the Spiva Center for the Arts, Mid America Print Council, Midwest Clay artists, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.