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Small Works Call for Entries

Posted: 7/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Openingto the public with a sneak peek Thursday, September 15, and ending with thefinal bidding party October 28, the 19th annual Small Works Auctiongives bidders an opportunity to find their favorites among a multitude of originalworks, none larger than 12” x 12”.


Exceptfor entries by Rainmakers, whose past Small Works pieces have sold for$300 or more, bidding will again start at $35 for every piece. The Buy It Now price—for bidders who don’twant to lose out in a bidding war—is a minimum of $125. Artists may set the Buy It Nowprice higher than $125 to reflect their usual pricing. When the Buy It Now price is recorded, the workis considered sold and bidding on that piece ends.


Artistswill again be recognized with awards in several categories: Landscape/PleinAir, Still Life, Photography, Conceptual Work, 3-D, plus special Juror’s andPeople’s Choice awards.


The 12”x 12”, 9” x 12” and 6” x 6” Masonite boards, provided by Spiva, may be pickedup at the welcome desk. See enclosedentry form for specific Small Worksguidelines and installation requirements.



September 6, 10am-5pm – Small Works entrydrop off begins

September 10 – Entry deadline(5pm). No exceptions!

September 15 – 3rd ThursdaySneak Peek; bidding begins

October 28 – Final bidding party(5:30-7pm) 

Joplin Arts Fest Promises Another Year of Creative Excellence

Posted: 7/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Are you ready for a weekend of outstanding art?  Spiva Center for the Arts and Joplin ArtsFest are planning some great events for September 16 and 17.  Kicking off the weekend on Friday, September 16 from 5:30 – 7:30pm is a joint reception; the exhibit opening for the Spiva shows America’s Parks and Small Works, and the artists’reception for the six winning artists from the 2015 Joplin Arts Fest. Hosted by Edward Jones, the artists’ reception will take place in the old College Press building across the street from Spiva, and invitees from both organization swill be welcome to enjoy both events.
The Arts Fest continues on Main Street on Saturday,September 17, from 10am – 6pm with over 60 booths featuring juried artists from across the region. The event is sponsored by Spiva Center for the Arts, Kiwanis Club of Joplin, Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and Connect2Culture. For artist applications and additional information, visit

News from the 48 Hour Film Competition Red Carpet

Posted: 7/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

News from the Red Carpet – 48 Hour Film Competition WinnersAnnounced

Best Story/Concept Award: A Fool and His Money by 31 Frames

Best Directing/Editing/Cinematography: Awake by The Moops

Best Picture: Power Upby Twins and Co.

People's Choice: PowerUp by Twins and Co.

The winning films can be viewed on Spiva’s Facebook page, oron YouTube under “FilmSpiva 2016”. Thanks to all the participating teams!

Volunteer Spotlight

Posted: 7/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Volunteer Spotlight
Darla Hare is a winner of the 2015 June Chenot Award for Excellence in Volunteering. This award is given to a volunteer who gives the most hours in a year, or who has gone above and beyond in service to Spiva.
Darla works the Welcome Desk every Tuesday as a Visitor Services Volunteer. Since joining the Spiva volunteers in 2015, she has given over 80 hours of service.
Why did you choose Spiva to spend your volunteer time? Because art, especially in the last few years, has been very important to me.
What’s your favorite part of Spiva volunteerism? Seeing the kids’ classes. I love knowing that kids are exposed to art.
What would people be surprised to know about you? My dad was a mink rancher, and I grew up on a mink farm in South Dakota.

Get Creative With Cardboard!

Posted: 7/8/2016 12:00:00 AM

Thursday, July 28, 6 – 8pm: Box Stories– Come share a story, song, poem or memory involving a cardboard box. All ageswelcome.

Thursday, August 4, 5:30 – 8:30pm: CardboardCity Build – Join us on the lawn of the Joplin Public Library as we build acity from cardboard boxes during First Thursday Art Walk. All ages welcome.Boxes provided by Arrow Box Co. 

PhotoSpiva 2016 Award Winners

Posted: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

For the fortieth anniversary ofPhotoSpiva, the Four States region was represented well. Twenty-five percent ofaccepted entrants were local photographers, and two local artists were amongaward winners,


First place honors went to GloriaBaker Feinstein, Kansas City, MO, for “Banana Leaf”. She received a $1,000 cashprize. Robert Moran, Bar Harbor, ME, received second place for body of workwith “Daughter of a Slave” and “Earl”. Third place was awarded to Paul ArnoRose, Hillsboro, NM, for “Manifestation of My Dreams”.


Local winners were James M.Alumbaugh, Carl Junction, who received an Honorable Mention for a digital archivalprint, “Night Traveler”, and MarkCole, Carl Junction, who received the People’s Choice Award for a digital archivalprint, “Fields of Gold”.


Merit awards went to AndreaLand and Sarah-Marie Land, St. Louis, “Untitled, Salaryman #1”; Steven BenjaminRomeo, Birmingham, AL, “Capable”; and Jason Fowler, Vernon Hills, IL, “DailyGrind”.


Other honorable mention designations were awarded to SandraChen Weinstein, Lake Forest, CA, “Molly”; and Michael Callahan, San Francisco,CA, “fatalistic soberness which eventually loses its power through undilutedrepetition. Mr.”.


PhotoSpiva 2016 was sponsoredby Freeman Health System with additional financial assistance from the JoplinConvention and Visitors Bureau, the Freeman R. Johnson Trust, and the MissouriArts Council, a state agency.  

Spivathon 2016: Share Your Story!

Posted: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

With the campaign underway for about a month, Spivathon 2016is almost at 40% of its goal of $40,000. What a great start! But we still needyou!

Monies raised during this campaign support Spiva’sday-to-day budget to minimize the gap between rising costs of operating theCenter and Spiva’s customary revenue streams such as memberships, admissioncontributions, grants, gift shop and art sales, exhibition sponsorships,fundraisers and facility usage fees. Spivathon gifts help bankroll costs suchas art supplies, teacher salaries, building maintenance and exhibit expenses,so that your art center can continue to offer the quality programming andfacilities you have come to expect.

Plus, we want to hear your story! Your Spivathon requestletter included a short form to share how Spiva has influenced your life orcareer, or how you helped to shape the Center’s history. We are collectingthese memories for Spiva’s 70th anniversary in 2018, and hope tomake a video of selected stories and the people sharing them. So even if youdecide not to give this year, please take a moment and share your story withus.

We thank Spiva members, staff, trustees and board membersfor contributing so generously. Your support not only says you are committed toSpiva, but also the arts and culture of southwest Missouri!

2016 Is the Summer of Spiva!

Posted: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

We have extended the youthsummer program and added a tween art camp! Spiva is excited to offer 10 weeksof summer youth art camps, 8 weeks of preschool camps and 4 weeks of tween camp.Each week is a different medium or theme. All of the camps are taught by expertteachers who are ready to have a blast this summer making art. Theseexperienced instructors share their knowledge and talent to introduce youngartists to a lasting world of imagination and creativity. All lead instructorsare certified and background checked.


Our fabulous youth camps arefor ages 6-12 and include drawing, painting, fiber arts, 3-D sculpture,photography, glass, printmaking, and clay. And our mini master artists, ages3-5, will have great fun with Lindsay Bowers, Jeremy Butler, Carrie Cavitt,Sarah Gartin, and Beth Christodoulou Lawson during a variety of exciting campslike Art Explorers, All About Space, Tinker Camp, Squish, Squash & Sculpt,and more.


Don’tmiss out! Many camps fill up quickly, so call now to register or registeronline at and camps may be cancelled due to low enrollment.



Youth Camp: May 31 – Aug 11

Preschool Camp: May 31 – July28

Tween Camp: Mondays, July 18,25 & Aug 1, 8

No camps the week of July 4-8!


Ages 6-12 meet Tuesday throughThursday from 12:30-5:30pm

Ages3-5 meet Tuesday through Thursday from 10-11:30am

Ages11-14 meet Mondays for Tween Art Camp from 1-4pm

Drawing from the Earth Farm to Table Dinner

Posted: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and it’stime to enjoy the bounty of nature! Join us Tuesday, June 21 at Civil War Ranchin Carthage for our first farm to table fundraising dinner.

The entire meal will be sourced from local farmers andcooked onsite at the venue. For $85 per ticket, you will enjoy an entrée choiceof vegetarian, chicken or goat, as well as delicious fresh veggies, salads anddessert. Beverages will be available from Missouri Eagle, and a luxurious silentauction will add to the fun!

Seating is limited for this event. If you would like toreceive an invitation, or to attend, please contact Kerstin Landwer, AssistantDirector, at 417.623.0183.

Spiva Welcomes Long Time Volunteer as Executive Director

Posted: 5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM

The board of directors of George A. Spiva Center for theArts is excited to announce the hiring of the new Executive Director, Josie Mai.

Mai most recently held the position of Associate Professorof Art and Art Education at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS,teaching K-12 art education and museum education, as well as curating and developingprogramming and interpretive materials for the PSU Museum of Art’s ArtConnectors Community Gallery.

Other past initiatives include the creation of the BeehiveCollaborative, a local art studio, and coordination of the educational effortsof the Joplin Community Mural in 2011. Mai has been an active volunteer withSpiva since 2006, serving on the board of directors and education committee, aswell as assisting with exhibits and exhibit-related events.

As an artist, Mai continues to develop her artwork, curate,and exhibit her works, and is a member of the Joplin Regional ArtistsCoalition.

Mai received a BSE in art education from the University ofKansas and a MFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has taughtart to urban and suburban high school students in Kansas City area publicschools and not-for-profit organizations such as Studio 150 and Chameleon, addition to teaching at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy in Springfield.

Mai’s first official day at Spiva will be Monday, May 2. “Iam extremely honored and thrilled to be selected to lead Spiva, the arts championin the Joplin region,” quoted Mai.

PhotoSpiva 2016

Posted: 3/5/2016 12:00:00 AM






Celebrating its 40th year, PhotoSpiva 2016 once again delivers an exhibit of photographicexcellence from artists across the country. One hundred images will beexhibited, chosen by juror Sean Kernan. It was a blind judging; Kernan had noknowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals, nocategories to distinguish photographic processes.
Kernan viewed over 660 images submitted by 151 photographersfrom 23 states via the competition’s website, The competitionwas open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – fromtraditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as itresulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva..
On March 11, Kernan will choose winners, and present cashprizes during the awards presentation and Juror’s Lection at 7pm that evening.There is a suggested donation of $10 for the event. Kernan will also conductone-on-one portfolio reviews that day from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. thatday. There is a cost of $15??? For Spiva members, and $25 for nonmembers.Contact Spiva for more information, or to schedule your appointment.
The Upstairs Gallery will feature the next generation ofphotographers with PhotoSpiva Kids inMarch, and PhotoSpiva Tweens inApril. Viewers will delight in this representation of the world through the eyesof the young artists.
PhotoSpiva 2016 issponsored by Freeman Health System. Additional support is provided by FreemanR. Johnson Trust, Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the MissouriArts Council, a state agency. PhotoSpivaKids is sponsored by Gay Cragin Currence, and PhotoSpiva Tweens is sponsored by Hideout Harley Davidson. 

Robin Cook: Close to Home

Posted: 3/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

Robyn Cook: Close to Home

Sponsored by Harry & Erin Cornell

Regional Gallery | March 5– May 1

Artists’ Reception & Members Reception: Friday, March 4,5:30-7:30pm


Horses, dogs, cowboys and farm life depicted in pencil willstrike a familiar chord with audiences during Close to Home


Cookgrew up on a small farm in Ozark, Missouri. She first took interestin drawing when she was a young girl, sketching portraits of her family’shorses and ponies. Cook’s skill continued to grow as she practiced in her highschool art classes and on her own, perfecting her hand in anatomy and wildlife.


Today,her attention to detail and her ability to capture movement in still portraitshas garnered great attention. Cook has been commissioned to create artwork forcollectors nation-wide, and several of her pieces have been purchased forprivate collections. Cook was the recipient of the John Steven Jones PurchaseAward and the Silver Medal Award

inDrawing at the 26th Annual Bosque Art Classic for her work, “Spring Time at Hale’s.”Her portrait, “Bad Idea, Both Times” won Best of Show at the Annual WesternSpirit Art Show and Sale at the Cheyenne FrontierDays OldWest Museumin Cheyenne, Wyoming. Cook also won the Juror’sRecognition Award at Spiva’s 68th Membership Show in November, 2015with her pencil drawing “Mama’s Little Angel”.


Cooklives amongst horses and stock dogs on a farm in Pierce City, Missouri,where she spends her time capturing her husband, Matt, a working cowboy, andhis coworkers in her art.


RobynCook: Close to Home is sponsored by Harry & Erin Cornell, withadditional assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.


PhotoSpiva Kids 2016

Posted: 3/5/2016 12:00:00 AM

PhotoSpiva Kids 2016 

Sponsored by Gay Cragin Currence

Upstairs Gallery | March 1 – 31

Artists’ Reception & Awards: Sunday, March 6, 2pm in theRachel Salzer Library


Fourteen young shutterbugs ages 4-8 participated in theannual PhotoSpiva Kids program in January taught by local artist TriciaCourtney, learning basic photography principles and skills on cameras providedby the Bettie Mueller Memorial Fund. They were then sent out into the world tocapture a kids-eye view, and the resulting photos will be featured during themonth of March in the Upstairs Gallery.


Curated by local artist/photographer Mark Norris, theexhibit will feature at least two images captured by the kids. Framed printsare available for $25, and unframed prints are $10. The young artists willreceive 60% of the proceeds from the sale of their work.

Participants will be available for interviews and autographsat the reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, March 6 at 2pm. Come supportthe next generation of shutterbugs – you may be rubbing elbows with a futurePhotoSpiva award-winning photographer!

PhotoSpiva Tweens 2016

Posted: 3/1/2016 12:00:00 AM

PhotoSpiva Tweens 2016 

Sponsored by Hideout Harley Davidson

April 1– May 1 | Upstairs Gallery

Reception & Awards: Sunday, April 9, 2pm in the RachelSalzer Library


A hip and edgy view of the world will be presented in theUpstairs Gallery during the month of April during the annual PhotoSpiva Tweensexhibit. In February, 16 tweens ages 9- 13 participated in the PhotoSpivaTweens program taught by Mark Neuenschwander of 9Art Photography. The firstsession gave instruction on advanced photographic techniques, and the secondsession saw the shutterbugs on the road to sponsor location Hideout HarleyDavidson to begin capturing images featured in the exhibit.


Local artist/photographer Mark Norris will choose at leasttwo images from each photographer will be on display during the month of Aprilin the Upstairs Gallery. Framed prints are available for $25, and unframedprints are available for $10, with the young artists receiving 60% of theproceeds from the sale of their work.


To meet these emerging artists, join us in the Rachel SalzerLibrary on Sunday, April 9 at 2pm for the reception and awards ceremony. Comesee a preview of the future of photography through the eyes of these creativephotogs!

Third Graders Field Trip

Posted: 1/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

Each year, approximately 1300 students accompany their teachers on a field trip to Spiva. This year, students are learning about the artistic techniques illustrated in the work of Stewart Nachmias.


St. Avips Invitational  
January 16 - February 21, 2016

Posted: 1/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Works by artists whose talent is matched by their generosity: Each contributed 75-100% of the proceeds from the sale of their works at the annual St. Avips Ball to benefit Spiva. Gratitude is expressed with this spotlight exhibition. 

Pulp Icons: Cast Paper and Prints by Stewart Nachmias
January 16 - February 21, 2016

Posted: 1/16/2016 12:00:00 AM

Pulp Icons: Cast Paper & Prints by Stewart Nachmias is an exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates, with additional assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a State of Missouri agency.

Nachmias creates cast paper woodcuts that celebrate the energy of urban life in expressionist images drawn from his own experiences as a musician, performer and artist.
Nachmias was born in 1958 in the borough of Queens in New York City, and grew up in Franklin Square, Long Island. As a child he began developing his interest in art along with ventriloquism.Introduced to etching in high school, Nachmias went on to major in printmaking at the State University of New York at New Paltz. After studying at New York University,he worked in Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop, where he met a wide range of artists. He then helped establish Studio 827, a printmaking atelier, located on Union Square in New York.

The cast paper woodcuts of this exhibit reflect aspects of the artist’s life,transformed into bold, graphic images. The prints show him performing in puppet shows, playing in a rock band, and working as a printmaker.

In Nachmias’s vibrantly colored woodcuts there is a range of emotions: the intensity of trumpeter making a joyful noise, the thrill of a Coney Island roller coaster, the grind of work day-to-day. Pulp Icons, with its colorful cartoon-like characters,strong linear patterns and the sculptural quality of cast paper woodcuts, is a celebration of big-city life and urban architecture.