Remembering D-Day: The 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion
June 6 – August 31, 2019
At Joplin History & Mineral Museum (504 S Schifferdecker Ave)

One of the most amazing events in history is the 1944 landing on the beaches of Normandy. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history against Hitler’s impregnable Atlantic Wall defenses. It seemed a long shot at best. Taking over a year of planning, coordinating 10,440 aircraft, 6,330 ships, 153,110 troops, and 14,000 vehicles, entailing joint timing by land, sea, and air forces, and requiring total secrecy, it seemed destined to fail. But the tides off the Normandy coast would be perfect in the first week of June. The wheels of the invasion were set in motion. The countdown to D-Day had begun. Now if only the weather holds… Admission: $3 per person. More information: Christopher Wiseman,, 417.623.1180.

Darral Dishman: The Artist as Mentor
June 1 – July 20, 2019 
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, May 31, 5:30–7:30pm

Mentors often have a powerful effect on artists and the decisions they make regarding their personal styles. Former Missouri Southern State College professor, Darral Dishman, mentored numerous students during his career. The Artist as Mentor explores the significant impact Dishman had on his students through both his and his former students’ work and reflections. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.

Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit
June 1 – July 27, 2019
At Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, May 31, 5:30–7:30pm

Spanning three generations, four members of the Perry family bring their own unique styles together to create a contemporary exhibit featuring a wide-range of mediums. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.

Buds and Beaches by Helen Kunze
June 1 – 30, 2019
At Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

Experience the award-winning talents of Helen Kunze! Kunze’s control over her chosen medium and her attention to detail allow her to create exquisite oil paintings. More information: Linda Teeter,, 417.438.5931.

Garden Party by Margie Moss
June 1 – 30, 2019
At Club 609 (609 S Main St)

Admire the bright, Impressionistic paintings featured in Margie Moss’ Garden Party. More information: Linda Teeter,, 417.438.5931.

Route 66 – Highway to the Stars (an Edwin Hubble exhibit)
June 1 – July 31, 2019
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

Local history enthusiasts William and Doris Martin present an educational exhibit exploring the aspirations of Edwin Hubble as well as other astronomers, astronauts, and observatories with connections to Route 66. On display in the Genealogy, Local History, and Post Reading Room wing. More information: Jill Sullivan,, 417.623.7953 X1041.

Atmospheric Abstractions by Jaquita Ball
June 3 – 29, 2019
At Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)

Discover Bentonville artist Jaquita Ball’s remarkable, acrylic paintings. More information: Linda Teeter,, 417.438.5931.

Beyond Thunderdome by Danielle Julian NortonBeyond Thunderdome by Danielle Julian Norton
May 20 – June 20, 2019
At Missouri Southern State University,
Spiva Art Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)

This show will feature photography by the Columbus, Ohio based artist – Danielle Julian- Norton. Click here to learn more about Danielle. Artist Talk: Thursday, June 20, 2:00–3:00pm. Reception: Thursday, June 20, 3:00–4:00pm. Gallery hours are 9:00–5:00pm on Monday–Friday. More information: Dr. Christine Bentley, 417-625-9563.

Sculpture Works in Wood by M. Justin Hale
April – September, 2019
At Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

“Sculpture Works in Wood,” a solo exhibition by local artist M. Justin Hale, is on display in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery, the display cases, and the Post Reading Room inside Joplin Public Library. M. Justin Hale sees anatomical references whenever he carves. Most of his professional life has been spent working in prosthetics. Leaving the prosthetics field in 1999, he now devotes his life to his artwork. His work is inspired by the bent and twisting forms found in remnants of trees from a long and well lived life. Finding and releasing the stored energy of the wood into a new life as sculpture is a great experience. “Sculpture Works in Wood” is showing now through June 30, 2019. Library exhibitions and displays are curated by Post Art Library. Their mission is to enrich the community of Joplin by perpetuating Dr. Winfred L. and Elizabeth C. Post’s love of art, architecture, history, and history preservation through public access to arts-related library resources and services, educational programming, events, and exhibits. Visit for more information. More information: Jill Sullivan,, 417.623.7953 X1041.