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Current and Upcoming Exhibits

  • Off the Wall: Wearable Art!: Area Artists' Challenge 6 - Sep 19 thru Nov 01 - Main Gallery - Learn More
  • 2015 Small Works Auction: sponsored by Choice Marketing - Sep 19 thru Oct 23 - Regional Gallery - Learn More
  • Midwest Clay Artists:: Stories in Clay - Sep 01 thru Sep 29 - 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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