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Programs Calendar

Juan Kelly Artist Talk


Cost: Free ($10 suggested donation) February 19, 2pm

Back by popular demand! Join us as Juan Kelly discusses his artistic process and the construction of his pieces.  Topics include composition, expression, intention, perception, intuition and the object. This is a fantastic conversation you won’t want to miss!

Pre-registration is preferred, but not required.


Midwest Regional Ballet Performances 


Cost: free (preregistration is required) January 28 and February 18, 10:00-11:00 am

In conjunction with Spiva’s annual 3rd grade visits, families are invited to attend the Midwest Regional Ballet’s performance in Spiva’s Main Gallery. Pieces are inspired by Juan Kelly’s anthropomorphic paintings on view. Space is limited and preregistration is required to attend performances. Visit our website for details.

Art on Tap

Art Night Out


Join us on Saturday, February 11 from 7-9pm for Art Night Out IN LOVE. Bring your partner, friend, mother, whomever you LOVE to make a seasonal art project while you enjoy wine and dessert in the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of the Main Gallery. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, enjoy a date night, or meet new creative folks. Cost is $25 per participant, and must be 21 or older.

Events Calendar

Third Grade Field Trip

January 17 – February 15, Spiva will be buzzing with the energy of more than 1400 third graders from the surrounding area who come to experience the magic of art for the annual Third Grade Field Trip.

Students visit the Main Gallery and are immersed into gallery exploration. This year we are excited to share the exhibit The Reins: The Paintings of Juan Kelly. Students will view the large, magical oil paintings full of animals and visual metaphor. Then they head up to the art studio for a hands-on art making experience.  Juan Kelly’s work will serve as the inspiration for the students work in the classroom, where they will create an individual, take-home piece and contribute to a large group masterpiece.
Home-schooled children are also welcome to participate.  Please contact Jordan (jmurdock@spivaarts.org) for details.
This program is made possible through the generosity of the General Mills Foundation and local Walmart stores.

Film Spiva

1000 Words

1000 Words is a poetry and prose event held in conjunction with the PhotoSpiva 2017 exhibition (opening on March 4). This event, now in its ninth year, challenges writers to select a photograph from PhotoSpiva as inspiration for a piece of writing.  The writings may be of any type – whether poetry, prose or short story, and they may be of any length; 1000 words is not a requirement.

Authors will read their works at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Main Gallery. Readings will be recorded and linked to their exhibition photo via QR codes. The deadline to select a photo and sign up is Saturday, April 15. For more information, contact Shaun Conroy at 417.623.0183

“Celebrate the creative experience – be a community catalyst.”