Plowman receives Ultimate Paragon as Hannibal Arts Council recognizes community arts leadership

2021 Winners Paragon

The 2021 Hannibal Arts Council Paragon Award winners were each presented an original, one-of-a-kind painting by Hannibal artist Greg Celenze. Recognized with awards were, top row from left, Rita Plowman (with Michael Gaines and HAC Board President Ruth Garner), Sandra Cox (Jesse David Cox Memorial Fund), Norman Hare (Fritz Giesendorfer (1882-1980) exhibit and Andrea Campbell/McKenzie Disselhorst (ART: Out of the Box Traffic Box Art Project). Photo Courtesy of Hannibal Arts Council

HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Hannibal Arts Council recently recognized several community members with 2021 Paragon Art Awards. Award winners were presented original, one-of-a-kind award pieces by Hannibal painter Greg Celenze.  

Rita Plowman won the Ultimate Paragon, the highest award presented each year.  Plowman was recognized for her commitment and dedication to the Hannibal Arts Council, long-time involvement in the membership committee and for the countless hours she has spent labeling all mailings coming from the Hannibal Arts Council.  

Also recognized with 2021 Paragon Art Awards were:

Leadership in the Arts (Art Project/Art Program) – Fitz Giesendorfer (1882-1980) exhibit curated by Norman Hare, and Art: Out of the Box Traffic Box Art Project partners Andrea Campbell and McKenzie Disselhorst.

Leadership in the Arts (Individual) – Sandra Cox for the creation of the Jesse David Cox Memorial Fund to honor her late son and provide scholarships for HAC children’s programs.

For more information regarding the Hannibal Arts Council, contact the office at (573) 221-6545 or go to hannibalarts.com

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