Spotlighting the creative abilities of those with developmental disabilities is the focus of the next exhibit at the Hannibal Arts Council. Celebrate the Artist in You with be on display at HAC from May 8 through May 16. The exhibit is in partnership with Hannibal Regional Office (Missouri Department of Mental Health – Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities) in an eight county region surrounding Hannibal. Other are agencies serving consumers with developmental disabilities are also involved.

“The Hannibal Arts Council is so proud to help Hannibal Regional Office host this exhibit each year. It is such a pleasure to work with agency staff to present original works by consumers with developmental disabilities,” said Michael Gaines, HAC director. “We have been on board with this exhibit since its first year and have been so pleased to see the exhibit grow. The most rewarding aspect is seeing the consumers react when they see their work in a gallery setting and when they sell a piece!”

An important part of the exhibit are the People’s Choice Awards. The public is invited to view the exhibit and cast their votes. HAC gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The HAC gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.

There will be an evening opportunity to view the exhibit during Second Saturday Gallery Night from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. The exhibit will end with a Closing Reception and Award Ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. For more information on the current exhibit and other HAC programs contact the Hannibal Arts Council at, 573-221-6545 or visit them on the web at