Joplin Arts News | January 2018

New Poster Design Competition for College Students

Literally Design is a new juried typographic poster design competition for college and university students in Missouri. This competition challenges students to consider their personal interpretation of a specific text and how it influences their design choices. A small group of select finalists will be featured in an exhibit at Post Art Library (located inside the Joplin Public Library). This semiannual competition is sponsored by the Missouri Southern State University student design club (39FIFTY) and the Post Art Library. Selected finalists will have their posters printed free of charge and prepared for display. There is no entry fee for this competition and students are limited to one poster per entry. The source text for the Spring 2018 Literally Design competition is William Faulkner’s 1950 acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The deadline to enter Literally Design is January 26, 2018. Click here to download the prospectus. Click here for an entry form. A copy of the rules and entry form can also be retrieved at the Missouri Southern State University Art Department or Post Art Library.

Artwork by Literally Design finalists will be exhibited in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room gallery during February and March of 2018. A reception will be held in the gallery on Saturday, February 24, 2:00–4:00pm to honor the finalists.

C2C Arts Roundtable Aims to Connect Arts & Cultural Community

Connect2Culture will host its second annual Speed Networking with Joplin’s Arts & Cultural Community on Tuesday, February 20, 6:00–8:00pm at the 200 Block Commons Building (212 S Joplin Ave). Are you a member of Joplin’s arts and cultural community? Do you desire to put names to new faces and make meaningful connections? Those that attend will have the chance to meet nearly everyone in the room at this Connect2Culture Arts Roundtable. Come prepared to tell your story and brainstorm potential collaborations. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. Sincere thanks to NGC, LLC for hosting Connect2Culture’s event inside their newly retrofitted historic building. Public parking can be found to the North of the building, at the old Joplin Public Library building lot, or along the street. Let Connect2Culture know you are coming by marking yourself as “going” on the Facebook event page or by emailing Include your name and affiliation (organization name, local artist, etc.). Do not miss this chance to connect with your arts and cultural community members!

C2C Arts Roundtables are an annual series of professional development programs that aim to educate, empower, and connect the Joplin Arts community. All leaders, supporters, and advocates of the Joplin Arts are welcome to attend these roundtables. Feel free to invite interested staff and board members. These Roundtables are a great time to learn, share, network, and establish connections.

Busy Times At Spiva Center for the Arts

What’s up at Spiva Center for the Arts? A lot! New exhibits, a new series of classes called “Spiva Art Lab,” Third Grade Field Trips, and even an Artist In Residence!

In the Main Gallery, Native American Contemporary (January 6–March 3) features current, regional artwork from 18 artists representing the tribes of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Chitimacha, Choctaw, Delaware, Eastern Shawnee, Mescalero Apache, Mohawk, Muskogee Creek, Osage, Sac and Fox, Seminole, and Wyandotte. The first exhibit of its kind to spotlight the Native American experience through the artwork of Native Americans, this exhibit examines contemporary works of art that showcase the dynamic nature of modern American Indian art. In the Regional Gallery, Paper Vernacular: Stories by Regional Cartoonists (January 6–March 10) 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.

Richard Zane Smith | Current Artist in Residence at Spiva

Third graders from the surrounding area have already began descending upon Spiva to immerse themselves in these exhibits during the annual Third Grade Field Trips. 1,500 students will visit the Main Gallery to explore/learn and then head upstairs for a hands-on art-making experience. Native American Contemporary will serve as inspiration for the third graders’ work in the classroom, where they will create an individual, take-home piece and contribute to a larger group project in the Upstairs Gallery…or should we say, “The Secret Room.”

In addition to experiencing this ground-breaking exhibit, third graders will learn from current Artist in Residence, Richard Zane Smith of Wyandotte, OK. Smith will be at Spiva for the duration of the field trips, telling stories, working on ceramics, teaching, and speaking in the gallery. What are you waiting for? Visit Spiva today.

Joplin Arts Fest Makes A Big Move

Joplin Arts Fest has decided to shake it up a bit for the fourth installment of the festival in 2018. Joplin Arts Fest celebrates the rich variety of arts the Four State area has to offer by organizing a juried fine art festival full of talented artists displaying and selling their work. An assortment of performing artists entertain the crowds throughout the day, while arts and cultural organizations educate the public about their respective missions in the “Community Arts Corner.” All activities are family friendly and children’s art opportunities are abundant. All proceeds from the Joplin Arts Fest benefit the Kiwanis Club of Joplin’s efforts to provide financial assistance to youth oriented programs supported and organized by the club in the Joplin area.

Come September you won’t find Joplin Arts Fest on Main Street in Downtown Joplin. Through much deliberation, the festival committee has decided to relocate the festival to the new Mercy Park at 3002 St Johns Blvd. “The committee wanted the festival to be in a location that was uniquely different then any other event here in Joplin, and after much discussion among ourselves and with different groups within the city government, Mercy Park was chosen,” said Steve Doerr, Joplin Arts Fest Co-Chair. “We will be working closely with the Parks Department and other groups and organizations in our community to truly make Joplin Arts Fest a destination activity for Joplin.” With the move comes the addition of an evening event on Friday, September 14 from 5:00–9:00pm. The second day of the festival will take place Saturday, September 15 from 9:00am–4:00pm. 

Have You Taken A Scroll Down Memory Lane?

If you haven’t scrolled through Connect2Culture’s year-end review of 2017LOOKING BACK… Most Memorable Joplin Arts Moments In 2017 – what are you waiting for? Seize the day! We have a lot to be proud of in Joplin’s arts and cultural community. Onward to 2018!

Musical Performances Coming Up In February 2018

Connect2Culture, Pro Musica, Thomas Jefferson, and the Coda Concert House have you covered when it comes to musical experiences in February. There’s something for everyone in the family! Take a look at what’s in store (and buy tickets, if needed, today!)…

1. Pro Musica presents Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio
    Friday, February 9 | 7:00pm at College Heights Christian Church
    Click here for a sample of their music!

2. TJ Concert Hall presents Tonic Sol-Fa
    Friday, February 9 | 7:00pm at the TJ Concert Hall
    Click here for a sample of their music!

3. Connect2Culture presents the Annie Moses Band’s “The Art of the Love Song” 
    Saturday, February 10 | 7:30pm (doors open 6:30pm) at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center
    Click here for a sample of their music! | Purchase Tickets

4. The Coda Concert House presents the Ben Miller Band
    Sunday, February 11 | 5:30pm (doors open 5:00pm)
    Click here for a sample of their music!