Artists who live within a 50-mile radius of Hannibal, and who are at least 21 years of age, are invited to participate in a new contest sponsored by Cave Hollow West Winery and the Hannibal Arts CouncilArtists are being asked to contribute artwork for a new wine label, which will commemorate the first bottles of wine bottled (legally) in Hannibal since prohibition.

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According to a press release from the Hannibal Arts Council, "This unique competition celebrates the art of the wine label. For centuries, wine-label design was about as basic and austere as a shipping label. That changed in 1940 when Baron Phillippe de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild began enlisting famous artists, including Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso, to craft a masterpiece for the outside of the bottle that would beautifully convey the work of art inside."

The following bullet points have been issued for the competition:

  • PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHS and other two-dimensional art forms are acceptable as long as they meet the contest guidelines.
  • HANNIBAL-THEMED (Landmarks, River Scenes, Street Scenes, Parks, Mark Twain, etc.).
  • RECTANGULAR (either VERTICAL/PORTRAIT or HORIZONTAL/LANDSCAPE in format/layout).
  • ORIGINAL in concept, idea and creation of the artist.

The official call for entries, and contest rules and guidelines, can be read online. The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 23.