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About PhotoSpiva

PhotoSpiva is a national competition hosted annually by Spiva Center for the Arts. Founded in 1977, PhotoSpiva has become the longest-running photographic competition of its kind in the U.S. As stated by the founders, the objective of PhotoSpiva is to “present an exhibition of excellence in photography, celebrating the scope and vigorous activity of today’s contemporary photographers.”

Co-Founder Jim Mueller stated, “We have intentionally avoided any categorization of either photographers or their work in setting forth the criteria for this competitive.” PhotoSpiva welcomes any photographic process as long as it is original artwork and has not been previously exhibited at Spiva Center for the Arts. This philosophy has created an unbiased forum for exhibiting and educating photographers. The PhotoSpiva prospectus, promotional materials and exhibition brochures are distributed to professional photographers, emerging artists, educators, students, and amateur photography enthusiasts throughout the United States.

Learn more at photospiva.org




PhotoSpiva 2020 Artists

Richard Aardsma, Grandville, MI

Robin Bailey, Rolling Meadows, IL

David Bartlett, Farmington Hills, MI

Claude Beller, New York, NY

Gregory Benne, Springfield, MO

Natalea Bonjour, Kansas City, MO

Becky Brinkley, Olathe, KS

Jeff Burk, Kansas City, MO

Tara Buxton, Joplin, MO

Patrick Carr, Evanston, IL

David Clarkson, Monterey, CA

Michael Darough, Waco, TX

Chuck Davis, Rogers, AR

Bill Davis, Kalamazoo, MI

Scott Dornberg, Springdale, AR

Paul Dwyer, Joplin, MO

Ashley Eriksen, Joplin, MO

Ron Erwin, Joplin, MO

Bryan Florentin, Dallas, TX

John Fraser, Geneva, IL

Madison Frazier, Frontenac, KS

David Gardner, San Francisco, CA

Victoria Gaytan, Joplin, MO

Robert Gordon, Fayetteville, AR

Alex Gourlay, Pittsburg, KS

Dave Hanson, Price, UT

Heather Heitler, Buffalo, WY

Sarah Hoskins, Libertyville, IL

Michael Hower, Enola, PA

Rion Huffman, Pittsburg, KS

Peter Hui, Redmond, WA

Madison Hulett, Joplin, MO

Don Jacobson, Portland, OR

Matt Jones, Independence, MO

Vikesh Kapoor, Los Angeles, CA

R.J. Kern, Minneapolis, MN

Ken Konchel, St. Louis, MO

Eric Kunsman, Rochester, NY

J.K. Lavin, Venice, CA

Joshua Littlefield, Baltimore, MD

Justin Martin, Martin, TN

J. Fredric May, Bermuda Dunes, CA

Donald  McKenna, Kirkwood, MO

Cherie Morfe, Mequon, WI

Bruce Morton, Bowen, IL

Robert Mossack, Joplin, MO

Janice Myers, Joplin, MO

Stone Peng, Grand Rapids, MI

Ruby Reddecliff, Springfield, MO

Marian  Rubin, Montclair, NJ

Jeffrey Saldinger, Astoria, NY

Emily Sloan, Kansas City, MO

Whitney Toutenhoofd, Boulder, CO

Kevin Wilkerson, Rogers, AR

Stephen Wilson, Groveland, IL

Jym Wilson, Springfield, MO

Molly Wood, Des Moines, IA

Rebecca Youssef, Santa Monica, CA



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