Hannibal, MO – Professional and non-professional artists 18 and older and youth 8 to 17 who live within a 50-mile radius of Hannibal were invited to submit images of original works for the fifth annual ART IN THE OPEN billboard art competition. 101 entries were submitted this year by area artists, artisans, craftsmen and photographers in the Adult Division and 45 in the Youth Division. This was the largest number of submissions since the contest began in 2014.
The selection committee chose the Youth Division winner, one automatic winner in the Adult Division and then asked the general public to choose the final four winning images from six finalists via a Facebook contest. Over 1150 votes were cast online. The four images receiving the most votes were selected as the final four winners.
Artists to be featured on area billboards are: Elizabeth Mannhardt of Hull IL, Brenda Benson of Monroe City and Seth Steinman, Hannah Donoho and AVA Goldworks all of Hannibal in the Adult Division and Rachel Phillips of Barry IL in the Youth Division.
The contest was created by the Hannibal Arts Council in partnership with Lamar Outdoor Advertising of Hannibal and Independent’s Service Company. ART IN THE OPEN winners will each have a billboard of their winning work printed by Independent’s Service Company and displayed on Lamar Outdoor Advertising billboards around the area in the coming months and will also be featured on digital billboards in Hannibal and Quincy.