Rendered by Jonathan Hils
February 5 – March 2, 2018
MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (3959 Newman Rd)

Rendered is an exploration of both digital and manual drawing within space, drawing on the visual aesthetics of code, meshes, point clouds, information translations, and path oriented fabrication.This body of work is a series of interpretations of drawing in the digital age and how it’s impacting the visual understanding of the current and future culture through new forms of fabricating existence. Jonathan Hils has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and completed numerous sculpture commissions domestically & globally including sites in Malaysia, China, Abu Dhabi, Australia, and Japan. The recipient of numerous exhibition awards and a Kohler Artist Residency, he’s also received the Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition Fellowship in Oklahoma City where he has also completed a number of large-scale public commissions. His work infuses a variety of fabricating methods in steel, plastic, wax, and acrylics in a variety of scales. Jonathan Hils is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Oklahoma where he oversee’s the OU School of Visual Art’s Digital Fabrication Lab and teaches courses related to CAD, CNC, and 3D printing. He received his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and he maintains a studio in Norman, Oklahoma. 

Art Speaks by Joplin Regional Artists Coalition
February 2 – March 18, 2018
artCentral (1110 E Thirteenth St, Carthage, MO)

This Joplin Regional Artists Coalition exhibit consists of mixed media artwork from Joplin Regional Artist Coalition members. For more information, email

Mardi Gras Spirit World by Alice & David Greenwood-Mathe
February 1 – 28, 2018
Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

This exhibit features works of Haitian culture, Voodoo, White Magic, and Love Potions. For more information, call 417.438.5931. 

Face of the City by Tamara Geisert
February – April, 2018
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce (320 E 4th St)

JRAC member Tamara Geisert’s inspiration for her Face Of The City series came from being among city dwellers going about their everyday tasks. A unique effect was achieved by painting the subject in full color, while putting the city background in muted sepia tones. 

Love Letters
February 1 – 28, 2018
At Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

Love Letters features works by Sandra Conrad, Mary Datum, Andrew Batcheller, Christina Lorenzen, Linda Teeter, Mike Ritzman, April Davis, Mary Parks, and several others. Best of Show prize is sponsored by M&M Bistro and The Wild Flower. Reception TBA. For more information, call 417.438.5931.

Hopi Kachina Dolls and Native American Baskets
January 22–March 31 | Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Post Art Library presents a collection of Hopi Kachina Dolls and Native American Baskets. Kachina dolls are typically carved from cottonwood root, involving both tradition and artistry. They represent spiritual beings and deities related to Hopi religious life, acting as messengers between humans and the spirit world. This collection of Kachina Dolls is from the permanent collection of George A. Spiva Center for the Arts. Accompanying the Kachina Dolls is a collection of Native American Baskets, including those made by Hopi, Navajo, and Cherokee. 

Native American Contemporary
January 6–March 4 | Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 5:30–7:30pm 

A mixed-media, current, regional Native art exhibit including artwork from 18 tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Chitimacha, Choctaw, Delaware, Eastern Shawnee, Mescalero Apache, Mohawk, Muskogee Creek, Osage, Sac and Fox, Seminole, and Wyandotte. The exhibit examines contemporary works of art that showcase the dynamic nature of modern American Indian art. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit 

Paper Vernacular: Stories by Regional Cartoonists
January 6–March 10 | Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 5:30–7:30pm 

This exhibit highlights comics that are reflective of or influenced by the Midwest area in which the artists live. Emi Gennis and Josh Cotter both work in ink on paper or graphite on paper. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit 

Southwest Missouri Third Graders Collaboration
January 6–February 24 | Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery (222 W 3rd St)

Students from throughout southwest Missouri will visit the Spiva Center for the Arts exhibit, then participate in an individual and collaborative art project influenced by the works. The students’ collaborative project may be viewed in the Upstairs Gallery at Spiva during January and February. For more information, call 417.623.0183 or visit

Colorful Tapestries: Oil Paintings by Brad Mace
January 4–March 2018
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)
Artist Reception: Thursday, February 8, 6:00–7:30pm

Post Art Library presents Brad Mace’s Colorful Tapestries: Oil Paintings of the United States in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery inside Joplin Public Library. Colorful Tapestries is comprised of vibrant oil paintings inspired by Mace’s experiences with nature. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design, capturing modern man interacting with nature has been the focus of his work. By painting colorful, peaceful scenes, such as haystacks, the southwest, kayaking, and more, he is able to create a balance to his computer generated artwork for the visual effects industry, which usually features dangerous and harsh environments. Some artists who influence his work are Norman Rockwell, John Singer Sargent, and Claude Monet.

Artwork by Andrea Luliak and Brenda Sageng
January–February |
Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center (201 Riviera Dr)

Andrea Luliak is self-taught fiber artist whose work has been exhibited in the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the A.E. Backus Gallery in Ft. Pierce, Fla., Gallery 14 in Vero Beach, Fla., and the Mancuso World Quilt Show in Palm Beach, Fla.  The juried FAO Fiberworks exhibit included her work in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa galleries.  Recently she had two pieces accepted in Kansas City as part of Studio Art Quilt Associate’s Our Changing Landscape exhibit. She is currently a member of Fiber Artists of Oklahoma as well as Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and is currently living in Wyandotte, Okla. Brenda Sageng moved to the Carthage area in 1998 and received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from MSSU in 2004 and a master’s degree in painting from Pittsburg State University in 2006. She is currently an adjunct art instructor at MSSU. Local and national venues have shown her work. Sageng has won many awards, and her solo show, “In the Living Green,” opened the Carthage artCentral season of exhibits. She was active in the formation of the Joplin Regional Artist’s Coalition (JRAC), and is currently serving on the board for artCentral in Carthage and is a member of JRAC, Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Missouri Watercolor Society. For more information, call 417.437.5380.