Last updated: 3/29/2012
Joplin, Missouri
Street Address
222 W 3rd St
Joplin, MO 64801
Mailing Address
222 W 3rd St
Joplin, MO 64801
phone: 417-623-0183
fax: 417-623-3805
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Monday11:59 PM - 11:59 PM
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
Jo Mueller, Executive Director

piva Center for the Arts provides year round programming, changing exhibits, educational classes for adults and children, artists talks, and special events—based on a theme. (There are some exceptions, such as the annual Spiva Membership Show, PhotoSpiva, and 12x12 Auction.)

Spiva offers three venues for exhibition:

The Main Gallery presents work by artists who have achieved national or international recognition.

The Regional Gallery is designated for artists residing within 100 miles of Joplin, Missouri.

The Spiva Rental Gallery is available for a fee according to schedule availability.

Artists who wish to be considered for Spiva’s Main and Regional Galleries are encouraged to refer to the 2011-2012 exhibit schedule (and proposed themes for the future) to determine if their work relates to upcoming shows at Spiva. (Artists interested in displaying work in Spiva Rental Gallery need not meet such criteria.)


Spiva Originally incorporated as the Ozark Artists Guild, George A. Spiva Center for the Arts has presented visual arts experiences to the four-state region since 1947.

George A. Spiva—businessman, philanthropist, and lover of the arts—helped establish Joplin’s first art center in 1958. Founded on the belief that opportunities in the arts should be available to all, the Center continues to flourish through the generosity of members and friends who share that vision.

First located in the Zelleken House at 4th & Sergeant, Spiva moved to the campus of Missouri Southern State University before relocating to its current home in the historic Cosgrove Building at 3rd and Wall in downtown Joplin.


Wheelchair Accessible


Gallery Gift Shop

Fine art and finely crafted hand made items! Located just off the first floor lobby, the Gift Shop features original, one-of-a-kind work by talented regional artists. Beautiful, fun, useful, eclectic... Your source for the unique and exceptional!


You’re invited to join an energetic and enthusiastic member-volunteer base. Work on special projects, interact with children in the classroom, or schedule a few hours a month to learn about the exhibits and greet our visitors. Use your time, talents, and energy sharing the gift of art with an appreciative audience.

Gift Shop

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