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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO


August 3 – September 28, 2019

72nd Membership Show

Sponsored by Liberty Utilities


This year Spiva’s annual showcase of members’ work is celebrating 72 years! The Membership Show is not only a celebration for the longevity of Spiva as a community arts center, but also a celebration of all the talented and passionate artists that live in and around Joplin. Visitors from outside the area are constantly surprised and delighted by the diversity and quality of what is on display.

Sponsored by longtime partner Liberty Utilities, this 72nd annual exhibit brings together members, friends, and artists who gather together on opening night to toast art, family, and friendship. Again, this year, Friends of St. Avips will both provide and serve delicious appetizers.

Nearly 100 area artists provide artwork in several 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.

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. Awards in all categories will presented at the opening at 6:30pm on opening night Friday, October 11th.


Natalie Wiseman – 1st Place 2-D
Melody Knowles – 1st Place 3-D
Taylor Kubicek – 2nd Place 2-D
Angel Brame – 2nd Place 3-D
Jim Bray – 3rd Place 2-D
Linda Ellard-Brown – 3rd Place 3-D
Andrew Batcheller – Merit Award 2-D
Maxwell Persson – Merit Award 3-D
John Van Beekum – Honorable Mention 2-D
Margie Moss – Honorable Mention 2-D
Mary Thornton – Honorable Mention 3-D
Christina Lorenzen – Honorable Mention 3-D
Jade Henning – Juror’s Recognition Award 2-D
Jim Jackson – Juror’s Recognition Award 3-D






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