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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

Art and the Animal

Main Gallery

June 30 – August 4, 2018

Presented by David J. Wagner, LLC and David J. Wagner, PH.D., Curator/Tour Director

Sponsored by Harry and Erin Cornell, and Lance and Sharon Beshore


Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wines, The Wild Flower


Friday, June 29, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5


The Society of Animal Artists is an organization of artists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America who produce the best animal art in the world. Spiva will exhibit a selection of works from the society’s Annual Exhibition that premiered at Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, New York City, as part of the society’s 57th anniversary.

Following the premiere of the Annual Exhibition in New York, a selection of 45 flatworks and 15 sculptures from the exhibit is traveling to prestigious venues that include National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque, Iowa; the Brookgreen Gardens Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Ariz.; and Spiva.

Art and the Animal refers to both the SAA Annual Exhibition and the Traveling Exhibition and Tour that was generated from it.  It is a juried competition open only to members of SAA.

Founded in 1960, the mission of the society is to promote excellence in the portrayal of animals, domestic and/or wild, in art.


 Charlotte Street Foundation

Regional Gallery

June 30 – August 11, 2018

Curated by Patrick Alexander, Programming and Studio Residency Manager

Sponsored by Freeman Women’s Physician Group


Charlotte Street’s Curatorial Residency Program launched in 2012 with the mission to engage outstanding, emerging curators from around the country with the Kansas City region and its artists. This exhibit pushes Spiva’s traditional regional boundary and features three current resident artists of CSF: Ruben Castillo, Glyneisha Johnson, and Rebekah Pech Moguel. Spiva hopes our own local artists will learn about and be inspired by the possibilities of an artist residency, with Charlotte Street Foundation or elsewhere.

Glyneisha Johnson is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Painting department. She has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in Kansas City, including Undergrads Underground at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. Through collage, painting, and drawing, Glyneisha Johnson’s work echoes nodes of black culture and her experience of being raised in the South. The work also acknowledges the importance of Black domestic spaces within a society that often overlooks these spaces and the people who inhabit them. She uses the language of collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated, collaged nature of Black history due to colonialism.

Ruben Bryan Castillo is a visual artist born in Dallas, TX and currently lives and works in Kansas City, MO. He received his B.F.A. in Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 and his M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of Kansas in 2017. His work addresses themes of intimacy, queerness, place, and the body through autobiographical narratives using drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and video.

Rebeka Peck Moguel is a Kansas City based visual artist. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Photography and Art History in 2017. Her work bases itself on a photographic practice but uses different mediums to create a multi-dimensional experience. Her work deals with culture identity and is specific to her experience growing up in a Mexican household in Midwest America. Through her work, she invokes the spaces of culture that we all have a close familiarity to.

The curator and artists will give a talk on Saturday, June 30 at 11am.

 Water Works by Don and Ruth Snider

Regional Gallery

July 3 – July 28, 2018

Dynamic Duo Ruth and Don Snider will present a collection of their watercolor paintings depicting architecture and nature that are inspired from their European travels.


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