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FilmSpiva to Kick Off May 1

Posted: 4/11/2014 12:00:00 AM

After hosting the 48-Hour Film Competition for its first four years, Spiva Center for the Arts has taken on full ownership of the event and given the competition a new name: FilmSpiva.
“We want to take the competition to a new level and develop it as one of Spiva’s signature annual programs,” says Shaun Conroy, the event’s organizer and founder. “We are actively seeking donors and prizes that we hope will attract more filmmakers to the competition. The quality of the films has been getting better every year and we have some returning filmmakers that are really getting competitive. This is also the first year that we will be showing the films in an actual theater; I’m very excited about that.”

Contestants will meet in the Main Gallery at 6pm, Thursday,May 1, to receive this year’s criteria. They then have 48 hours to complete a 3-minute short film. Deadline to submit entries is 6pm, Saturday, May 3.

Films will be screened in the theater at Central Christian Center, 415 S. Main, during the May 15Third Thursday art walk. Winning films are determined by popular vote and awards will be presented at 8:30pm that evening. Anyone interested in sponsoring the competition or donating prizes should contact Shaun Conroy,

PhotoSpiva 2014 Awards Announced

Posted: 3/15/2014 12:00:00 AM

Award winners have been announced for the 38th annual PhotoSpiva, which opened March 7 at Spiva Center for the Arts. The winners were selected from 82 images that were chosen for the exhibit by juror Dornith Doherty, professor of photography at the University of North Texas, Denton. The 82 that she compiled for the exhibit were selected from more than 1,000 submitted by 176 photographers nationwide. 

Awards were announced Friday at the annual Juror's Lecture. First place honors went to Michael Joseph Dalton, Brooklyn, N.Y., for four analog chromogenic prints, 3PM, Hinchcliffe Stadium, The Great Falls Historic District and Sunday Afternoon. Robert Sulkin, Roanoke, Va., received second place for two digital prints, Elegy for Cambodia and Elegy for My Lai. Third place went to Charles Jeffrey Mintz, Cleveland, Ohio, for two images, Clementine – Original Owner and Jeff and Dad – Haunted House.

Merit Awards were presented to Timothy H. McCoy, Cumming, Ga., for Big Creek, Cumming, Ga., gold-toned albumen print; Mark Neuenschwander, Joplin, for Cold Brewed – Don't Call Me Murder Face, digital print; and Jim Nickelson, Camden, Me., for Pyrotechnic #46, archival pigment print. 

Honorable Mention designations were awarded to Daniel W. Coburn, Lawrence, Kan., for a body of work, Ascent and Fare for the Ferryman, archival prints; Jane A. Szabo, Altadena, Calif., for a body of work, Hallway and Superman, digital prints; and Claire Allana Warden, Denton, Texas, for Botanical Specimen with Salt (Wildflower No. 3), platinum palladium print.

PhotoSpiva 2014 is sponsored by Freeman Health System with additional financial assistance from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Freeman R. Johnson Trust, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The exhibit runs through May 4. 

38th Annual PhotoSpiva to Open

Posted: 3/5/2014 12:00:00 AM

Spiva Center for the Art's national claim to fame, PhotoSpiva, will open this weekend with an exhibition of 82 images selected from more than 1,000 that were entered in the  competitive.  

There will also be a reception and awards ceremony for participants in an accompanying event, PhotoSpiva Kids. It is set for 2 p.m. Sunday after being cancelled last weekend because of weather.  

The 38th annual PhotoSpiva exhibition will open on Saturday and it will run through May 4. The competition's judge, Dornith Doherty, professor of photography, University of North Texas, Denton, will arrive in Joplin on Thursday, March 13, to determine the winning photographs 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.  

One-on-one portfolio reviews by Doherty will be conducted from 10 a.m. ­- 3 p.m.  Friday, March 14. The 15-minute reviews are an opportunity for student, amateur and professional photographers to improve their skills through a one-on-one professional critique.  

“The portfolio review is a wonderful opportunity for photographers,” Spiva Director Jo Mueller said. “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.”  

Costs for the reviews are $15 for students and Spiva members and $25 for others. Student scholarships are available. Reservations are required. To register, contact Spiva at 417-623-0183 or  

As the juror, Doherty was assigned with creating an exhibition of photographic excellence, representing current practices in the field of photography. She selected 82 images from 1,014 that were submitted online by 176 photographers nationwide. While she has determined the photographs that will make it into the exhibit, she will not choose the winners until after the exhibit is hung, allowing her to view the photos in gallery style and as a whole.  

Doherty is a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and holds degrees from Rice and Yale universities. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Interior, and the Society for Contemporary Photography.  

Her work has been featured in exhibitions in the Tucson Museum of Art; the Museum of Photography, Rafaela, Argentina; the Encuentros Abiertos Photography Biennial, Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Museum Belvedere, the Netherlands; the New Mexico Museum of Art; the Bluecoat, Liverpool, England; and Centro de Fotografia Isla de Tenerife, Spain. Her work is also in permanent collections that include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas; the Museum of Fine Arts, Milwaukee, Wisc.;  the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Yale University Library; the Museet Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; Goldman-Sachs, New York; Harrah's Casino, New Orleans; and the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston.  

Recent lectures include TEDx Monterey; the National Photography Symposium at Liverpool, England; and the Honored Educator Lecture, Society for Photographic Education South Central Conference.   Her lecture at Spiva will focus on her 2008 photographic project, "Archiving Eden," in which she worked with renowned biologists who are doing seed banking around the world.  She received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012 to support "Archiving Eden," which explores the increasingly complex relationship between human agency and the natural environment.       

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 exhibits are the result of 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.