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PhotoSpiva 2021

Main Gallery

March 20 – May 15, 2021

Celebrating its 45th year, PhotoSpiva 2021 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country, being the longest-running competition of its kind. A selection of images will be chosen by juror Adam Finkelston from a national call for entry. The week of the exhibit opening, Finkelston will blind judge the work, having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as emerging or professionals, and no categories to distinguish photographic processes. This will result in an awards presentation on March 20th in which the top photographers will receive up to $2,500 in cash awards.

The competition is open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed
media – is eligible, as long as it results in a two-dimensional print that has never been shown at Spiva.

Adam Finkelston is the owner, publisher and co-editor of The Hand Magazine: A Magazine For Reproduction-based Arts, an internationally-recognized quarterly art magazineHe has juried and co-curated (with The Hand Magazine co-editor, James Meara) several exhibitions throughout the United States, featuring an international roster of artists. As an artist, Mr. Finkelston has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and received several awards for his work. His photographs have been featured in several publications, including recent titles by Christina Z. Anderson and Jill Enfield. Mr. Finkelston holds an MA in Photography from the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC), a BFA in Photography from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a BA in Art Education from UMKC.



2021 Small Works Auction

Regional Gallery

March 20 – May 7, 2021

Good things do come in small packages! At Spiva Center for the Arts, those small packages will measure 12”x12”, 9”x12” or 6”x6” during the 23rd annual Small Works Auction. In this exhibit and auction, more than 70 Spiva member artists create works from jewelry to collage, which they donate for auctioning. The exhibit is a great way not only to raise money to fund Spiva operations, but also to offer exposure for the participating artists. This not-to-miss event includes a closing party with fast and furious bidding set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7.

Especially anticipated every year are the Rainmaker entries. Rainmakers
are artists whose works have sold for $300 or more during previous
Small Works auctions. With an opening bid of $300, these works hold a
place of honor in the exhibit. All other works start their bidding at $35. For all entries, there is a “Buy It Now” option for those who don’t want to risk losing a piece in a last-minute bidding war. Artists set their own “Buy It Now” prices, but the minimum is $125. Rainmakers’ minimum “Buy It Now” price is $500.

Works may be viewed and bids may be placed online at http://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit and until 3
p.m. on Thursday, May 6. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute. With the exposure for artists comes the potential bragging rights for recognition for creating the best entries: Juror’s Choice; Best 3-D; Best Mixed Media; Best Photography; Best Still Life or Floral; and Best Landscape or Plein Air. Exhibition visitors will determine the People’s Choice award. The juror will be announced on opening night.



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