Joplin Arts News (Mar. 14–20)

Missouri Southern State University to Host French Film Festival

Logo_FACE_Foundation200A joint effort between the Honors Program and Spiva Library has resulted in a grant through the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation to stage a French film festival on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.

The university has received a $2,200 grant to become part of the Tournées Film Festival, a program of the FACE Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. The program, now in its 20th year, has partnered with more than 450 universities to bring French cinema to campuses in the United States.

Its mission is to help colleges and universities in the United States create a yearly French film series that might one day become self-sustaining, and to promote French culture. “It’s a prestigious grant awarded every year to select universities across the country,” said Dr. Michael Howarth, director of the Honors Program. “I spoke with Amber Carr, marketing and outreach librarian, and we thought this would be a great opportunity for Missouri Southern, especially with our international mission.” They submitted the grant application in May and recently received word that Missouri Southern received funding to host the film festival.


Les contes de la nuit (Tales of the Night)

“The funding covers the distribution costs for each of the movies,” said Howarth. “They give you a list of movies that you can choose from. You have to show at least six films within a four-week period. We’ll start the week after spring break in 2016.”

The selections available include classics, featured tiles and alternative choices. Howarth said that stipulations of the grant say that the festival must include a film from the classic category and five from the other two. At least one of the films shown during Missouri Southern’s festival will be an animated title, he said.

The first film to be shown will be Les femmes du 6e étage (The Women on the 6th Floor) on Wednesday March 30, 3–5pm in the Billingsly Student Center’s Phelps Theater. A coffee and pastry reception will be hosted on the same day before the film at 2:30pm in the Billingsly Student Center’s Room 309. Dr. Jordan Wilson (Voice, Music) will perform Maurice Ravel’s Don Quichotte. All films are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of films included in the festival, CLICK HEREFor more information, contact Dr. Shannon Connolly (French, Modern Languages) at or 417-625-9590. Copy courtesy MSSU. 

Local Photographers Recognized in PhotoSpiva 2016


“Field of Gold” by Mark Cole

Two local photographers were among award winners in the 40th annual PhotoSpiva – the national photography competition and exhibition hosted by Joplin’s Spiva Center for the Arts. The winners were announced Friday during the PhotoSpiva Juror’s Lecture by Sean Kernan – educator, writer and filmmaker. Kernan was responsible for reviewing the more than 660 competition entries and narrowing them to 100 that would comprise an exhibit of photographic excellence. Entries were submitted by 151 amateur and professional photographers from 23 states.

Night Traveler

“Night Traveler” by James M. Alumbaugh

First place honors went to Gloria Baker Feinstein, Kansas City, MO, for “Banana Leaf”. She received a $1,000 cash prize. Robert Moran, Ben Harbor, ME, received second place for body of work with “Daughter of a Slave” and “Earl”. Third place was awarded to Paul Arno Rose, Hillsboro, NM, for “Manifestation of My Dreams.”

Local winners were James M. Alumbaugh, Carl Junction, who received an Honorable Mention for a digital archival print, “Night Traveler,” and Mark Cole, Carl Junction, who received the People’s Choice Award for a digital archival print, “Fields of Gold.

Merit awards went to Andrea Land and Sarah-Marie Land, St. Louis, “Untitled, Salaryman #1”; Steven Benjamin Romeo, Birmingham, AL, “Capable”; and Jason Fowler, Vernon Hills, IL, “Daily Grind”. Other honorable mention designations were awarded to Sandra Chen Weinstein, Lake Forest, CA, “Molly”; and Michael Callahan, San Francisco, CA, “fatalistic soberness which eventually loses its power through undiluted repetition. Mr.”.

PhotoSpiva 2016, which runs through May 1, is sponsored by Freeman Health System with additional financial assistance from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Freeman R. Johnson Trust, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. 

Sign Up Now for the Eighth Annual 1000 Words Event

1k words flier

While we’re on the subject of PhotoSpiva 2016, let’s talk about 1000 Words! It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and over 100 photographs in this year’s PhotoSpiva exhibit will serve as inspiration for writers in the eighth annual 1000 Words event. Authors are invited to pick one or two exhibition photos to use as springboards for poems or prose. Readings will be recorded and linked to their exhibition photos via QR codes after the event. Participants must sign up at Spiva Center for the Arts by April 10. The reading of these written works will take place on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30pm. Participation and admission is free and open to the public. Contact Shaun Conroy at, call 417.623.0183, or visit the “Spiva Center for the Arts” Facebook page for more info. Note to authors: Poems and essays do not need to be a thousand words in length! 

Upcoming Favorite – “Art In The Park” Day at George Washington Carver National Monument

Art in Park Flyer 2016We can hardly wait for “Art In The Park” Day! No, it’s not technically in the City of Joplin…but we consider George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, MO part of the Joplin arts and cultural family. This year, “Art In the Park” Day will be Saturday, April 23 from 10am–3pm.

Celebrating George Washington Carver’s love for art, this event features local artists at work across park grounds. Visitors may participate in hands-on demonstrations and instructional workshops with pastels, natural dyes, watercolors, clay, pencil and more. There will also be art activities for children and plein air artists painting around the grounds. Free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Curtis Gregory (park ranger) at or call the park at 417-325-4151. 

New Class Sessions Begin Next Week at Crackpot Pottery & Art Studio

Crackpot Pottery will be begin their next session of classes starting the week of March 21. Are you ready to get messy and have fun? Sessions run for eight weeks. Instruction, glazes and firings are all included in the listed price (clay is extra). Tool kits also available for purchase. Call Crackpot Pottery at (417) 623-1455 for more info and to register.

  • Tuesday: 11am–2pm & 6–9pm ($225)
  • Wednesday: 10am–noon ($165) & 6–9pm ($225)
  • Thursday: 10am–1pm ($225) & 6–8pm (Watch for announced special workshops with pre-planned projects | $30)
  • Saturday: Drop In Class! 10am–noon $30 each Saturday (plus clay). This is the perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty without the eight week commitment.

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