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Spiva Center for the Arts Joplin MO

PhotoSpiva 2018

Main Gallery

March 17 – May 12, 2018

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

Hosts: Macadoodles Fine Wines, The Wild Flower and the Spiva Board of Directors


Friday, March 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Suggested Contribution for Non-Member Guests: $5


Celebrating its 42nd year, PhotoSpiva 2018 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country.

Sixty-three images will be exhibited, chosen by juror Henry Horenstein. It was a blind judging with Horenstein having no knowledge of the entrants or their status as amateurs or professionals and no categories to distinguish photographic processes.

Horenstein viewed over 547 images submitted by 97 photographers via the competition’s website, photospiva.org. The competition was open to all US photographers, and any type of photographic process – from traditional to digital to photo-based mixed media – was eligible, as long as it resulted in a two-dimensional print that had never been shown at Spiva.

Entrants represented 19 states, and the Four-State Area made a proud showing of 109 accepted entries; 56 entries were from the Show Me state.

On March 17, Horenstein will choose winners and present cash prizes, sponsored by the Freeman R. Johnson Trust, during an awards presentation at 7 p.m. The Juror’s Lecture will immediately follow. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the event.

Horenstein will also conduct one-on-one portfolio reviews from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. that day. Cost is $15 for Spiva members and $25 for non-members. Contact Spiva for more information or to schedule a review.



2018 Small Works Auction

Regional Gallery

Mar 16- May 12, 2018

Sponsored by Steve and Diana Graddy

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 20th 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 artists.

This not-to-miss event includes a closing party for bidding, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11. New for this year’s closing party will be Art on Tap with beer, food, music, 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 http://spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/ from the opening of the exhibit and until 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. 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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