The legacy of one of the Joplin area’s most influential artists, the late Darral Dishman, will be celebrated in a new exhibit at Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St.
“Darral Dishman: The Artist as Mentor” will be on display from Saturday through July 20 in the Main Gallery.
Dishman served as art department head for Missouri Southern State University, also directing Spiva Art Center on the college campus from 1966 to 1984. During the course of his career there and in his private studio, Dishman is said to have been passionate about mentoring fellow artists and students of all ages to pursue their own creative paths.
The invitational, curated exhibition incorporates paintings and 3D works by 19 artists in eight states. Their stories about Dishman’s mentoring — compiled for the exhibit by Marilyn Dishman-Horst — reveal memories of a devoted mentor and the insightful lessons that have stayed with them throughout their own careers.
Featured artists are Stan Baden, Gary Bowling, Lana Caywood, Tricia Courtney, Linda Dishman, John Fitzgibbon, Jeffrey Jones, Annette Key, Jeff Kilbane, Kim Kissel, Melody Knowles, Jeff Legg, Dan McWilliams, Elaina Edman Oberzan, Richard Sachan, Ron Seat, Brad Talbott, Andy Thomas and Mark Vanslyke.
Proceeds from the sale of Dishman paintings will be donated to the Missouri Southern Foundation for the annual Darral Dishman Art Scholarship to perpetuate the mentoring tradition.
An opening reception is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the gallery. The reception will also celebrate the opening of the Regional Gallery’s “Family Affair: A Multi-Generational Exhibit.” Guests may attend for a suggested donation of $5.