Spiva Center for the Arts to Host Watercolor USA in 2025

(Joplin, MO)George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is excited to announce they will host Watercolor USA August through October 2025 during Springfield Art Museum’s temporary closure for construction.

“Since 1962, Watercolor USA has introduced watermedia artists — both local and those from across the nation and U.S. territories – to our Southwest Missouri region. The breadth and depth of subject matter and the highest artistic quality has ensured the exhibition’s popularity for decades,” said Museum Director Nick Nelson. “As the Museum board and staff made plans for the Museum’s temporary closure, we knew we had to find a way for Watercolor USA to continue. And we’re pleased to announce that during site construction, our colleagues at Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin will host Watercolor USA starting in 2025.”

“George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is honored to host next year’s Watercolor USA,” adds Heather Lesmeister, executive director. “We are incredibly grateful to our friends at Springfield Art Museum for entrusting Spiva with this prestigious exhibit. We look forward to working with the artists and Watercolor USA Honor Society and welcoming them to the Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex (home of Spiva Center for the Arts) in 2025.”

The Spiva staff and board invites our friends and patrons to join the Spiva team at the Springfield Art Museum’s opening reception for the 63rd annual Watercolor USA on Friday, June 7, 2024, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Museum lobby and galleries. People of all ages are invited to this free event during which attendees can meet many of the local and national artists selected for this popular juried exhibition, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and visit the five other exhibitions currently on view. This year’s Watercolor USA features 80 works by 80 artists representing 31 states. Of the 80 artists in the exhibition, thirteen are from Missouri.

Following the opening reception on June 7, Watercolor USA remains on view from June 8 through September 1, 2024. Lead support for Watercolor USA 2024 is provided by Edward Jones. Major support is provided by Traditional Fine Arts Organization and Southwest Missouri Museum Associates. The Springfield Art Museum’s 2024 Exhibition Season is presented by the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum. Admission and on-site parking are always free.

About George A. Spiva Center for the Arts: 

Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W 3rd St., Joplin, Missouri, was established in 1947 and celebrates the creative experience through community outreach, in-house classes for all ages, and by showcasing both regional and national artists in revolving exhibitions. For more information about the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, please go to www.spivaarts.org.


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