Sponsored by EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, ArtWorkers: Creativity and America may be the most unusual and exciting exhibition Spiva has ever tackled, and its success may well depend on your willingness to add to it!

Simply stated, ArtWorkers examines how Americans view themselves and the country they live in – through art. Combining an exhibition with performances and hands-on activities in Spiva’s first floor galleries, Kansas City artist Hugh Merrill is setting out to create a dialogue about America, inviting many, many voices to the conversation.


Keep up with ArtWorkers:

Participating Visual Arts

Gene Arehart
Sandra Conrad
Hugh Merrill
Josie Mai
Kyle McKenzie
Jacque Moody-McDonald
Jason Stamper
Michael Steddum
Michael Strahan


Did you have your photo taken by Lady Liberty or with a “diversity mask”? Visit here:
ArtWorkers Flickr Page


Musician Stacey Barelos’ “Wheels on the Bus”
Join Barelos for two ArtWorkers events June 22 & 30. More information available on the right.


ArtWorkers and The Lincoln Room are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional financial assistance: Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.


Hang out with Hugh
Saturdays, 11am-2pm
June 15 – Bring Your Past and Have a Blast
June 22 – Lincoln Collages & Drawings
June 29 – ArtWorkers Celebration Gallery Talk

Music, Dance and More!
Yoga in the Gallery with Connelaine Gustad
Tuesday, June 18 & 25, 5:30-6:30pm

Senior Storytelling
Wednesday, June 19, 2pm

“Create with Cage!” Stacey Barelos performs John Cage’s “Sonatas and Interludes” for prepared piano; audience members create art from scraps of destroyed pianos
Saturday, June 22, 2pm

Allen Shirley: Finding Lincoln
Historical documents and enganging stories about our 16th President
Sunday, June 23, 2pm

Al Cade: History Alive
Personal stories of personal travels with his grandmother with perspective on the Civil Rights era. | Sunday, June 23, 3pm

Zumba with Ruth Stamper
Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-7:30pm

“Compose Yourself!” Barelos leads her audience through simple ways to compose; no music experience required! – 2pm, Sunday, June 30

Musician Tom Polett and dancers David Ollington and Susan Rieger present “The Well,” improvisational contemporary dance – 4pm, Sunday, June 30