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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO


October 20 – December 15, 2018

71st Annual Membership Show

Sponsored by Empire District Electric Company

Exhibit Description:

This year Spiva’s annual showcase of members’ work is celebrating 71 years! This is remarkable. What an honor to host and participate this long-running proclamation of our members’ hearts, minds, skills, and passions. That is what is on display. It is brave to share original art with the general public. So this exhibit is honorable, acknowledging ideas, vision, chronicled by time spent and materials purchased. It will surely be a thrill to experience 2018’s reflection of our culture, time, and interests.

Sponsored by longtime partner Liberty Utilities – Empire District, this 71st annual exhibit brings together members, friends, and artists who gather over libations on opening night to toast art, family, and friendship. Again this year, the lovely and generous Friends of St. Avips will both provide and serve delicious bites.

Nearly 100 area artists will provide pieces of 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.

In addition to the cash awards, an artist will receive the Barrie Hunt Memorial Award for an Emerging Artist in Water Media, and his or her name will join previous award winners on a perpetual plaque in the Spiva lobby. 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 19th.





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