MSSU Senior Show – Temporary Phenomenon
Monday–Friday | April 23–27
At MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)
Reception: Monday, April 23 | 5:00–7:00pm

This exhibition, connected by a shared interest in the world of graphic design, features work by Bachelor of Fine Art candidates Sarah Aggus, Ellen Smith, and Hunter Mills. Sarah Aggus’ exhibit explores how colors, music, meditation, and designs can improve our health and well-being. Euphoria is an app designed to assist people in alleviating daily stress and help achieve their own euphoria. “Stress is not something we can easily turn off, and this made me wonder, “how can designers help reduce stress?” Our fast paced lifestyles make it difficult to slow down and take the time to recharge for the next day. I began researching a means to help people take a step back, and restore our sense of peace. This exhibit is the result of my research and design process.” Ellen Smith will be exhibiting Toepos: a collection of sock designs that focus on the way geometric abstraction can capture the essence of a National Park. “My decision to place these designs on socks was to reference the physical and kinetic aspect of exploring nature, and the amusement that those explorations bring. Nature is bursting with contrasts of form and color. I have created this body of work to reflect what I see in our National Parks: grand organic and geometric forms. Nature is complex, yet simply beautiful. These designs focus fully on the National Parks and not the politics that encircle them, but welcome the discussions about their survival. This exhibit emulates the spirit of nature on the practical and active canvas that socks provide.” Hunter Mills will be exhibiting the visual identity he created for a fictional professional football team that is based in St. Louis, Missouri. The team’s logo, uniforms and promotional material will be featured on display. “I chose this to be the basis for my senior show because one day I plan to have a job where I will design logos for sports teams and design athletic uniforms. By going through the process of designing a sports team from the ground up, it will prepare me for what I could possibly do later in my career.” The annual show features works by graduating seniors as part of their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design requirements. For more information, call 417.625.9563.

Brazed and Welded Sculptures by Jim Jackson
April 20 – July 10, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Brazed and Welded Sculptures, a show comprised of welded abstractions by local artist Jim Jackson, is on exhibit in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing inside Joplin Public Library. After retiring from spending 40 years as a professor, Jackson decided to revisit his youthful experiences by creating brazed and welded sculptures. Through his sculptures, he liberates communication with words and embraces visual expression. A reception will be held at the library for the artist on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 6:00–7:30pm. Brazed and Welded Sculptures is sponsored by Praxair of Joplin, Missouri. The artist’s reception is sponsored in part by Cottage Small Coffee Roasters of Carthage, Missouri.

Thoughts and Stories by Amber Mintert
April 1 – May 31, 2018
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St)

Amber Mintert, assistant professor of art at Missouri Southern State University and creator of Thoughts and Stories will be showing her work through May in the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Mintert states “This work has been created using my favorite ingredients of mixed media, thought provoking combinations, and a subtle humor. Each piece represents a thought that has grown in my mind, or experience that has touched my life.”

“Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Eggs)” by Carolyn Trout
April 3 – June 30, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

For 40 years, Trout has developed fine, detailed techniques that breathes life into otherwise plain and perhaps forgotten egg shells. Many cultures have egg decorating traditions, but in the Ukraine this became more than a tradition – it became an art that defines national identity. For thousands of years, the art of dyeing eggs has been passed down through generations of Ukrainian families. Each region of the Ukraine has its own designs and special color combinations. No two eggs are exactly alike, each holding its own special beauty and identity.  For more information, call Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041.

Beauties of the Prairie: Wildflower Photography by Ann Butts
April 10 – June 30, 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

As a Missouri Master Naturalist and a member of Missouri Prairie Foundation, Ann has the tools and the know-how to enhance public knowledge of Missouri’s natural areas and reasons to keep them healthy. All photographs in this exhibit were taken on local prairies and are accompanied by the common name of the flower, a small detail, and each flower’s location. “Beauties of the Prairie” will show in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. An artist’s reception will be in the gallery on Saturday, May 12th, from 2pm-4pm. For more information, call Jill Sullivan at 417-623-7953 x1041.

The Peace Canoe
April 9 – May 31, 2018
Joplin Public Library ( 1901 E 20th St)

“The Peace Canoe” is a third grade collaborative project on loan from Spiva Center for the Arts. Over 1,800 third graders visited Spiva during their recent Native American Contemporary exhibit. During their visit, students explored the exhibit and learned about The Peacemaker, a story passed down through generations about a man who showed up in a white stone canoe, bringing a message of peace to the tribal nations. The canoe is covered with a collaborative collage of the children’s own stories of peace. Each student contributed an image based on something that makes them feel peaceful. 

Joplin K-12 Art Show
April 3 – 16, 2018
Joplin High School Performing Arts Center (2104 N Indiana Ave)

The Joplin K-12 Art Show will feature student artwork from every school within in the Joplin school district. Reception: Tuesday, April 3, 5:30pm. For more information, call 417.625.5238.

A House Divided – 153rd Anniversary of the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
April 3 – 24, 2018
Joplin Historical & Mineral Museum (504 Schifferdecker Ave)

Newly acquired artifacts from the Lincoln assassination are now on display at Joplin’s Museum Complex. A local historian says they offer one more perspective to one of America’s definitive moments in history. There’s a picture of Abraham Lincoln giving a speech for his second inauguration as president. Right above him on a balcony is John Wilkes Booth. Below Lincoln, in a crowd, ended up being co-conspirators in Lincoln’s murder just a few days later. Shirley is also showing artifacts endorses by Christie’s Auction House. A sliver of a piece of hair belongs to Mary Surratt, the first and last woman to be hanged for capital punishment. It may surprise you to also see small pieces of hair from Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward along with many other interesting pieces. For more information, call 417.623.1180.

PhotoSpiva TweensPhotoSpiva Tweens Exhibit
April 7 – 28, 2018
Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Participants ages 11-14 had the opportunity to work with a professional photographer at Spiva to produce work for this excellent addition to the PhotoSpiva 2018 exhibitions.

Cryptids, Critters, & Sprites by Steven Coleman
April 1 – 30, 2018
Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (206 S Joplin Ave)

Coleman’s paintings will be on display for the whole month of April. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

Shooting in the Dark by Michael Louthan
April 1 – 30, 2018
Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

Michael Louthan is a photographer out of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. His show consists of night shots he’s captured throughout his career. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

Debbie Reed & Paula Giltner
April 2018 | Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 W Riviera Rd)

The work of two artists is on display through the month of April at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center – Debbie Reed & Paula Giltner. Debbie Reed has shown her work nationally and internationally, including in juried competitions. She is a signature member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and is active at Spiva Center for the Arts, the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and artCentral. Watercolors and oils are favorite mediums, but she also enjoys mixed media projects, including watercolor collages with unusual texture and creative themes. Her work can be seen at Mosaics Art Gallery (1009 E 20th) and Cherry’s Gallery (311 S Main, Carthage). Paula Giltner began her creative experience in Joplin by illustrating books and book covers for College Press Publishing. She later spent six years creating architectural renderings for Goodman Church Builders and other architects and property developers. Portraits, murals, graphic design, theater scenery, and fine art also captured her talents. Her paintings have been in numerous local arts shows and have won many competitive awards. She currently shows her work at Local Color Art Gallery & Studio (1027 S Main St).

PhotoSpiva 2018
March 17 – May 12, 2018 
Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Celebrating its 42nd year, PhotoSpiva 2018 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country.  Competitors both amateur and professional present all types of photographic processes, including traditional, digital and photo-based mixed media. Ninety images will be exhibited, chosen by juror Henry Horenstein. Sponsored by Freeman Health System and The Freeman R. Johnson Trust. 

20th Annual Small Works Auction
March 17 – May 12, 2018 
Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Good things do come in small packages! In this exhibit, you’ll find those treasures measure 6″x 6″, 9″x 12″, or 12″x 12″. More than 90 Spiva member artists have created works of art that include collage, sculpture, painting, jewelry and much more. Each work of art is donated in an auction benefiting Spiva Center for the Arts. The exhibit wraps up in a not-to-miss closing bid party from 6 – 9, on Friday, May 11Sponsored by Steve and Diana Graddy.