Entries are now being accepted for the Fourth Annual ART IN THE OPEN Billboard Art Competition to promote the arts in the Hannibal area.

Entries are now being accepted for the Fourth Annual ART IN THE OPEN Billboard Art Competition to promote the arts in the Hannibal area.

The top winners in the adult and youth divisions will have their images featured on a series of billboards and on digital billboards in Hannibal and Quincy. The contest is being coordinated by the Hannibal Arts Council in partnership with Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Independent’s Service Company.

The contest is open to adults 18 years of age or older and youth 8 to 17 who live within a 50-mile radius of Hannibal. There is an entry fee to participate. The goal of the project is to capture the creative spirit all art forms represented in Northeast Missouri and Western Illinois. Area artists, artisans, craftsmen, photographers, writers, actors, dancers and performers are encouraged to review the guidelines to learn how to participate, as the contest is not just open to visual arts.

The deadline to enter is Friday, Sept. 1. Contest guidelines and instructions on how to enter are available at the Hannibal Arts Council or on the Gallery drop-down menu of hannibalarts.com . Questions regarding the competition should be directed to the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545 or findit@hannibalarts.com .