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PhotoSpiva 2019

Main Gallery

March 23 – May 18, 2019

Sponsored by Freeman Health System and the Freeman R. Johnson Trust

Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wines, and The Wild Flower


Friday, March 22, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5

Celebrating its 43rd year, PhotoSpiva 2019 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. The call for entry at photospiva.org closes at midnight on January 1st. Images will be chosen by juror Patty Carroll. The week of the exhibit opening, Carroll 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.

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.

On March 23 at 7pm, Spiva’s Executive Director will present the cash awards sponsored by the Freeman R. Johnson Trust. The Juror’s Lecture will immediately follow. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the event.

Carroll will also conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews from 10am to noon and 1 to 3:30pm on that same Saturday March 23. Cost is $15 for Spiva members and $25 for non-members. Contact Spiva for more information or to schedule a review.






2019 Small Works Auction

Regional Gallery

March 23 – May 10, 2019

Sponsored by Steve and Diana Graddy


Friday, March 22, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5

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 21st annual Small Works Auction.

In this exhibit and auction, more than 100 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 member artists.

This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 5:30-7 pm on Friday, May 10. Come enjoy an evening of wine, food, and fast and furious bidding!

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 https://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit until 3 pm on Thursday, May 9. Online bidders will have to send a proxy the night of live bidding to ensure they bid up to the last minute.

PhotoSpiva Tweens

Upstairs Gallery

April 2 – April 27, 2019

Reception and Awards, April 6, 12-1pm

Rachel Salzer Library

Judged by Mitzi Starkweather

Tweens Workshop, Ages 11-14, Mar 2, 1-3pm

Instructor: Lola Nelson

Exhibit sponsored by the Lemons Trust




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