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Programs Calendar

“A Benton for the Living Room”

The Populist Lithographs of Thomas Hart Benon

Saturday, February 25, 2pm

In conjunction with the Spiva art exhibition: Thomas Hart Benton: The Complete Editioned Lithographs, State Historical Society of Missouri Art Curator Joan Stack will present a lecture discussing Thomas Hart Benton’s interest both in making artwork that represented everyday Americans, and in creating affordable original artworks available to middle class consumers.
From the 1930s to the 1970s, Benton partnered with the New York based firm Associated American Artists to produce and market lithographs that individual consumers could purchase for prices as low as five dollars! Stack will discuss the lithographic process used to create these artworks, as well as Benton’s compositional techniques and subject matter.

Opening Reception

Main Gallery | PhotoSpiva 2023

Four States Gallery | 2023 Jo Mueller Small Works Auction

Friday, March 17, 5:30-7:30pm

Join Spiva for an evening celebrating new and exciting exhibitions in both the Main and Regional Galleries. Learn more about these upcoming shows here! 

PhotoSpiva 2023 Events

PhotoSpiva 2023 Award Ceremony & Juror Lecture

Saturday, March 18, 7pm

Join Spiva as we present PhotoSpiva 2023 winners with cash awards. The juror’s lecture by Jennifer Thoreson will immediately follow. There is a suggested donation of $10 for this event.Learn more about Jennifer at photospiva.org

Juror Portfolio Reviews

Saturday March 18, 10am-3pm

PhotoSpiva 2023 Juror, Jennifer Thoreson, will conduct individual portfolio reviews with photographers looking to polish their skills. Cost is $15 for Spiva
members and $25 for non-members. To schedule, email us at [email protected]

Spiva in Bloom 2023

Spiva in Bloom: An Exhibition in Flowers

Opens March 23, 5:30pm, Closes March 25, 5pm

Join us in celebrating the art of floral design. Area floral designers are being invited to make stunning arrangements inspired by works from the national photography competition, PhotoSpiva 2023. This 3-day exhibit is a must-see display of art inspired by art.


Spiva in Bloom Luncheon

March 24, 11:30am-1pm, Ages 21+, $50 per person or $350 to reserve a table

Come experience our state-of-the-art galleries in one of the best ways possible. Enjoy a phenomenal catered luncheon by Crabby’s Chef Damien Tiregol while surrounded by the PhotoSpiva 2023 exhibition and the gorgeous floral works from Spiva in Bloom: An Exhibition in Flowers. This will be a buffet-style lunch with a meat or vegetarian option. The Wild Flower’s Justin Thomas will do a live floral demonstration inspired by one of the exhibit photographs. Preregistration is required and seating is limited.




Spiva in Bloom Workshops

March 25, 10:30-11:30am AND 1:30-2:30pm, Ages 21+, $40

One of the most anticipated classes of the year, this workshop allows students to create gorgeous floral arrangements of their own, guided by The Wild Flower’s Justin Thomas. Bring a friend and sip mimosas for a perfect spring Saturday! Preregistration is required.



1,000 Words Poetry Event

Tuesday, April 18, 6pm

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and the many images appearing in our national photography exhibit, PhotoSpiva 2023, will be waiting to inspire writers for the 14th annual 1,000 Words event. Authors are invited to pick one or two exhibition photos to use as springboards for poems or prose to be read on April 18th.Interested in learning more? Contact Shaun Conroy at [email protected]


2023 Small Works Closing Party

Friday, May 12, 5:30-7:30pm

A chance to gather with friends and get final bids on amazing art, this closing party is a celebration of our favorite art auction of the year! Everyone is welcome to attend and bid!





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