Fifth-annual art contest brings in largest number of submissions yet

Professional and non-professional artists 18 and older and youth eight 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 1,150 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 Ill., Brenda Benson of Monroe City and Seth Steinman, Hannah Donoho and AVA Goldworks, all of Hannibal, in the Adult Division; and Rachel Phillips, of Hannibal, in the Youth Division.

The contest was created by the Hannibal Arts Council in partnership with Lamar Outdoor Advertising 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.