June 2020 Upcoming Arts and Cultural Exhibits

In light of COVID-19, please confirm any events listed below are still occurring with the respective organization before attending. 

This content is prepared by Connect2Culture and will be available online on 6/1/20 at connect2culture.org/june2020

All Month: Joplin High School Virtual Art Show. Although their physical art show was cancelled, Joplin High School’s artists’ work can still be admired through a virtual showcase. Take your virtual tour today and celebrate the hard work and talent of these young, local artists! Take your virtual tour today at https://bit.ly/2LSRPnq. Free and open to the public. More information: Seth Wolfshorndl, sethwolfshorndl@joplinschools.org.

June 1 – June 30: MSSU Senior Capstone Exhibit on Missouri Southern State University’s website. With the campus closed mid-semester, Missouri Southern State University’s graduating art majors were unable to exhibit the projects they had spent months or years completing. Although the campus gallery remains closed, MSSU’s Art Department is proud to exhibit the capstone projects of senior art majors online at seniorartexhibitions.mssu.edu. More information: Frank Pishkur, pishkur-f@mssu.edu, 417.625.9735.

May 18 – June 6: Highway to the Stars at The Joplin Museum Complex (504 S Schifferdecker Ave). Local history enthusiasts William and Doris Martin present an educational exhibit illustrating the lives and contributions of four great scientists with connections to Route 66. U.S. Route 66 was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System. Aside from supporting communities through which it passed, Route 66 was the beginning of a lifelong journey for four Missouri scientists who were born near the Mother Road: astronaut Janet Kavandi, scientist George Washington Carver, astronomer Harlow Shapley, and astronomer Edwin Hubble. These great minds all pushed the boundaries of knowledge on the Highway to the Stars. More information: Christopher Wiseman, joplinmuseum@sbcglobal.net, 417.623.1180.

March 21 – July 10: Small Works Auction at Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St). 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 22nd 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. Bidding available online at spivaarts.org/small-works-auction/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.

March 21 – July 18: PhotoSpiva at Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St). Celebrating its 44th year, PhotoSpiva 2020 delivers an exhibit of photographic excellence from artists across the country. Images were selected by juror April M. Watson, Ph.D. The week of the exhibit opening, Watson 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. View this highly anticipated exhibit at spivaarts.org/7689-2/. More information: Jade Henning, jhenning@spivaarts.org, 417.623.0183.


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