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Two Exhibits Open to the Public November 14

Posted: 11/2/2015 12:00:00 AM

68th Annual Membership Show and Figurative Sculpts by Dustin Poché open to the public November 14

Area artists who are members of Spiva Center for the Arts will have the opportunity to show their best work during the 68th Annual Membership Show, a competitive exhibit opening Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Main Gallery.

Running in conjunction with the Membership Show will be Figurative Sculpts by Dustin Poché in the Regional Focus Gallery. The exhibits run through Thursday, Dec. 31.

A smorgasbord of art mediums is promised in the Membership Show in categories of adult competitive and display only. There will also be categories for children ages 11 and under and youth ages 12-16 years.

Artists of all ages will compete for $3,000 in cash prizes, funded by Dr. and Mrs. John C. Windle, long-time Spiva members and philanthropists.

Cash prizes will be presented in both 2-D and 3-D adult categories and will include $500 for first place; $300 for second place; $200 for third place; $100 for merit award; and $50 for honorable mention. Children and youth will be competing for $600 in prizes.

In addition to the cash awards, the Barrie Hunt Memorial Award for an Emerging Artist in Water Media will be presented. The Donna Gilbreth Memorial Children'sand Youth Awards will be presented at a children’s reception on Sunday, Nov.15.

Jessica S. Stout, head of the art program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, will judge the adult competition. Susan Rhea, Joplin, and Melody Knowles, Carthage, former art educators at Joplin High School, will decide the children’s awards for the 16-and-under crowd.

Figurative Sculpts by Dustin Poché  in the Regional Gallery exhibit will feature multimedia sculptures and one of a kind fine art figures.

Formally educated at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, the Russell, Kansas, artist draws inspiration from his love of period fashion and his work experience in New York City, where his career involved costume design, textiles and illustration within the fashion industry.

Poche’s exhibit is sponsored by Nancy G.Holland and Jim Stratton with additional support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The 68th Annual Membership Show is sponsored by Empire District Electric Company.


Posted: 3/15/2015 12:00:00 AM


Taylor Alumbaugh  Taylor is an Art Education major at MSSU who has taught for Spiva’s Third Grade Field Trip program for the last two years. Her parents and two siblings are teachers and she is itching to share her passion for art with others. She is always looking for and driven by inspiration. She is excited about teaching the summer Drawing Camp and preschool camps. In her spare time,she loves staying active with sports and thrift-shopping for new craft projects.

Amber Baker –Amber is a graduate of MSSU with a BS in Art Education. She is a talented anime artist, and enjoys working with clay. Amber has taught Spiva’s Creation Station class, summer camps, anime, and clay classes. In her spare time she enjoys making steampunk jewelry and drawing anime.

Michelle Blevins – Michelle is finishing her third year as an elementary school teacher and has taught preschool for 1 year at MSSU. She has assisted with many of Spiva’s summer camps and is excited to teach our preschool camp, Animal Planet. Michelle loves animals and is looking forward to making new Spiva camp memories.

Lindsay BowersLindsay is a graduate of University of Missouri–St. Louis with a BFA in Graphic Design. She is a student at Missouri State University's Master of Arts in Teaching program. Lindsay has taught numerous children's classes at Spiva, including Creation Station, preschool camps and summer camps for 6- to 12-year-olds. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and making cards.

Carrie Cavitt – "Miss Carrie," owner of the Plaid Giraffe Preschool, has taught and loved   preschool children in the area for over 20 years. Miss Carrie has been teaching summer art courses to children at Spiva for over five years. She loves to teach children to use their       imaginations to 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, especially fiber arts.Some of the classes she has taught at Spiva Center for the Arts include Fiber Arts Camp, Silk Scarf Sun Prints, and Music and Mayhem.

Jane McCaulley – Art has always been Jane's passion. Jane is retired from 36 years of teaching art in the public schools of Indiana. She has seven years’ experience with fused glass. Jane loves teaching fused glass and mosaics to young and old.This is her sixth year teaching at Spiva.

Jesse McCormick – A Carthage native, Jesse spent most of his working life in California as an engineer. He returned to the Midwest in 2003 to focus on his career in art, and he now resides in Carterville. Jesse has taught the Memories in the Making® class at Spiva since its inception.

Karalee McDonaldKaralee graduated from MSSU with a degree in art education. In her   spare time she loves to paint and do fused glass. She is Spiva's education coordinator, and every chance she gets, she is in the classroom doing what she loves– teaching.

Amber Mintert – Amber is associate professor of art education at MSSU. She taught 
at Webb City High School for 10 years and at Crowder College for five. Her credentials include a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education K-12 from MSU and a Masters in Secondary Education from PSU. This is her third year teaching at Spiva.

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.

Lacey Santillan Lacey has taught art in the Joplin school district for four years and currently teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3-D art at Joplin High School. She really enjoys 3-D art and for the past four years has shared her love of ceramics with Spiva’s youngest students, tots aged three to five.

Sarah Serio Sarah is a working artist in ceramics who also exhibits nationally in printmaking. She is president of Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, serves on the Neosho Arts Council Board of Directors, and is a member of Spiva Center for the Arts, Mid-America Print Council, Midwest Clay Artists,and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.