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 seventh annual ART IN THE OPEN billboard art competition. There were 160 entries submitted this year, including 122 entries in the Adult Division and 38 in the Youth Division.
Artists with winning images to be featured on area billboards in 2021 are Lisa Delcour of Payson IL, Angi Mulhatten of Palmyra MO and Jay Yates of Monroe City MO in the Adult Division and Elaina Dyke of Hannibal MO in the Youth Division.
The selection committee chose the winner of the Youth Division and two of the three winning images in the Adult Division. To determine the third winning image the public voted on their favorite image from a field of four semi-finalists via a Facebook contest. Over 500 votes were cast in the contest.
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.