Professional and non-professional artists 18 years of age or older who live within a 50-mile radius of Hannibal were invited to submit images of original works for the second annual ART IN THE OPEN billboard art competition. The contest was created by the Hannibal Arts Council in partnership with Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Independent’s Service Company.

Over one hundred entries were submitted this year by area artists, artisans, craftsmen, photographers, writers, actors, dancers and performers. The jury committee for the project met recently and selected the top five winners to be featured over the next year. Artists to be featured on new billboards are: Laken McDonald, Michelle Huseman, Randy Hurt, Stephen Schisler and Tai Taeoalii.

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.