Professional and non-professional artists 18 and older and youth 8 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. There were 128 entries submitted this year submitted, including 84 entries in the Adult Division and 44 in the Youth Division.

The selection committee chose two of the three winning images in the Adult Division and asked the public to choose the third winning image from a field of four finalists via a Facebook contest. The committee also chose to conduct another Facebook contest for the public to choose the winning image from a field of four finalists in the Youth Division. Over 1105 votes were cast online.

Artists with winning images to be featured on area billboards in 2020 are: Kelly Eddington of Monroe City MO,

 

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Rachel Loyd of Quincy IL

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and Victoria Taylor of Quincy IL in the Adult Division

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and Josie Zeiger of New London MO in the Youth Division

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