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Current and Upcoming Exhibits

  • Artists of St. Avips Ball: St. Avips Invitational - Aug 01 thru Aug 31 - Upstairs Gallery - Learn More
  • Studio Art Quild Associates: Wild Fabrications - Jul 16 thru Sep 04 - Main Gallery - Learn More
  • Jessie Montes: Out of the Box - Jul 16 thru Sep 04 - Regional Gallery - Learn More
  • Jim Bray: The Magnificent Diagonal - Jul 01 thru Jul 31 - Upstairs Gallery - Learn More

Spiva Center for the Arts

Spiva Center for the Arts has provided visual arts experiences for the four-state region since 1947. The Center has journeyed to three locations over time: the Zelleken House at 4th & Sergeant, the campus of Missouri Southern State University, and the historic Cosgrove Building in downtown Joplin. Learn More About Spiva »


PhotoSpiva is a national competition hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts. Founded in 1977, PhotoSpiva has become the longest-running photographic competition of its kind in the U.S. As stated by the founders, the objective of PhotoSpiva is to "present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today's contemporary photographers."

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