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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

Curator’s Statement

Curating art exhibits is about creating a vision, about putting pieces next to one another that could and should stand alone, but presented in a fresh mix become powerful and tell a new story.

Spiva is starting another chapter in its 69th year. I have the honor of being the new Executive Director, and felt it pertinent to comb through the Permanent Collection and choose pieces that honor where we’ve been, illustrate the excitement and energy of this present moment, and present the possibility of depth and breadth in the future.

Plowed fields.

Working women.

Actual Spiva floor plans.

Shiny spectacular architecture.

Vibrating and colorful abstractions.

Found objects representing the tools that build.

Reverberations of movement, pattern, and energy.

Can you feel it in the air? Can you see that in the art work?


Josie Mai                    October 4th, 2016

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