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NOTE: The following exhibitions will be shown at the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex (2nd Floor).


Holly Wilson

A View from Within

Freeman Health Systems Main Gallery

January 7 – March 4, 2023

Opening Reception: January 6, 5:30-7:30pm

Artist Talk: January 14, 11am-Noon

Multi-media artist Holly Wilson creates figures that serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, vulnerabilities, and strengths. The stories are, at one time, both representations of family history as well as personal experiences. Wilson’s work reaches a broad audience allowing the viewer the opportunity to see their personal connection. Wilson works in various media, including bronze, paint, encaustic, photography, glass, and clay.

Wilson has received recognition for her work through her inclusion in exhibitions, most recently, Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now, Crystal Bridges Museum of Art Bentonville, Arkansas, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia, these were both traveling exhibitions. She recently completed a residency at The Momentary at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, working on large-scale paintings. In spring 2023 she will do a residency focusing on glass casting and large-scale bronze and aluminum casting at IAIA in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Holly Wilson of Delaware Nation and Cherokee Nation is now based in Mustang, Oklahoma. In 2001, she graduated with an MFA in sculpture, and in 1994, she earned an MA in ceramics from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas; she received a BFA in ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1992.




The Third Grade Collaboration

Jo Mueller Reserve Gallery

January 17 – February 28, 2023


The annual Third Grade Field Trip brings in over 1,800 area students into our galleries every year to learn about and create collaborative artworks. The 2023 field trips will take place at our brand new building, the Cornell Complex, and will feature Main Gallery artist Holly Wilson, along with lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton.

Over the course of January and February, 2023, these students will transform our Jo Mueller Reserve Gallery into a surprise installation that reflects what they’ve learned from their Spiva experience.



PhotoSpiva 2023

Freeman Health System Main Gallery

March 18 – May 13, 2023

Reception: March 17, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Celebrating its 47th year, PhotoSpiva 2023 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Juror, and nationally renowned concept photographer, Jennifer Thoreson, will make a careful selection of work from a competition that spans all fifty states. Every year, this competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media. This year will be PhotoSpiva’s premiere exhibit in Spiva’s galleries at the state-of-the-art Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex. For more information, or to enter, go to photospiva.org.
Associated events:
Juror Portfolio Reviews
March 18 | 10am – 3pm
Juror’s Lecture and Awards Ceremony
March 18 | 7pm





Jo Mueller Small Works Auction

Freeman Health System Main Gallery

March 18 – May 12, 2023

Reception: March 17, 5:30 – 7:30pm

From March 18 – May 12, 2022, the Four States Gallery will overflow with dazzling, original art by Spiva member artists that will be available for live and online bidding.

SMALL WORKS silent auction is open to creative Spiva members of all ages, to enter artwork for exhibit and auction. It is understood that the art submitted by any member is given as a donation with all proceeds to benefit George A. Spiva Center for the Arts.

Each member is allowed to submit one work of any medium on a 6×6, 9×12, or 12×12-inch board provided by Spiva.





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