MSSU Archives & Special Collections Exhibits: Spiva Center for the Arts Collection

Digital exhibits created by the MSSU Archives and Special Collections department.

Spiva Center for the Arts is an art gallery based in Joplin, Missouri. The gallery was located on the campus of Missouri Southern State College, now Missouri Southern State University, when the university first opened at its current location in 1967. The gallery has exhibited multiple popular exhibitions and has fostered a strong relationship with the community and MSSU throughout the years. This exhibit will explore the gallery’s exhibitions from the early 1980s all the way to as late as 2010. Additionally, it will look at the special events and celebrations held at the gallery from the early 1970s to the early 2000s that helped to create their strong relationship with the Joplin area residents as well as looking at the events and exhibitions held in conjunction with MSSC from the early 1980s to the mid 1990s.

Exhibit curated by Hannah Provin, with the assistance of Whitney Hamm, 2024-05.

All images are the property of Missouri Southern State University and Spiva Center for the Arts. Contact for reproduction and use rights.

Spiva Center for the Arts Popular Exhibits
Spiva Center for the Arts Special Events and Celebrations
Spiva Center for the Arts Community Outreach
Spiva Gallery and Missouri Southern

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