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NOVEMBER 12 – DECEMBER 31

69TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SHOW

Sponsored by Empire District Electric Company

SHOW OFF AND SHINE

Joplin is bursting with high-quality visual art. The last few years the Joplin arts scene has witnessed art fests, first and third Thursdays, new galleries, regional fairs, collaborations, murals and more. Our local artists are BUSY, but they still choose to crank out their best work for Spiva’s annual showcase of members’ work.

Sponsored by Empire District Electric Company, this 69th annual exhibit brings together members, friends and artists who gather over fine wine and hors d’oeuvres on opening night to celebrate art and each other as patrons purchase original art from regional artists who are members of Spiva.

This year, nearly 100 area artists provided pieces from all mediums, including ceramics, watercolor, wood, oils, metal, photography and mixed media. Pieces entered in the adult competitive categories are eligible for cash awards totaling $2,400, once again generously provided by Dr. John and Mrs. Barbara Windle. Awards are given for both 2-D and 3-D works.

In addition to the cash awards, an artist will receive the Barrie Hunt Memorial Award for an Emerging Artist in Water Media, and his or her name will join previous award winners on a perpetual plaque in the Spiva lobby. The youth divisions will honor the winners of the Donna Gilbreth Memorial Children’s and Youth Awards with prizes totaling $600, courtesy of the Windles.

The 2016 juror for the adult competition is Sean Lyman, Associate Professor of Art at Missouri State University. Children/youth division juror is Karalee McDonald, art educator in the Joplin Schools.

The 69TH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SHOW is sponsored by Empire District Electric Company.

 

 

 

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