The City of Joplin, Spiva Center for the Arts and the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau, along with Cleo’s Picture Framing & Design, are taking the opportunity afforded by a remembrance of Thomas Hart Benton’s birthday to hold an aspiring artist exhibit. April 15th, 2014, marks Mr. Benton’s 125th birthday. Beginning this date, and running through May 11th, a collection of works by the Neosho native will be on display in the 1st Floor Exhibit Hall of the Joplin City Hall. The Artist is a world renowned painter and muralist, whose work was at the forefront of a period of American art known as the Regionalist art movement. Additional support provided by Connect2Culture & The Joplin Globe.
In conjunction with the Benton exhibit there will be a collection of art work submitted by 11th & 12th grade students. This will be a juried exhibit and available for viewing April 15 – May 31, 2014.