Sam Fox School to host Art the Vote panel discussion Oct. 7

Since early September, more than 70 billboards featuring original politically themed artworks have gone up throughout the state of Missouri.

Sponsored by Art the Vote, a non-partisan initiative of the Missouri Billboard Project, the billboards were created by a group of eight local and nationally renowned artists and are designed to mobilize young voters in the weeks before the 2008 presidential election.

Art the Vote billboard by Tom Huck, senior lecturer in printmaking, who is internationally known for his provocative woodcuts. This image is reproduced at several locations around the state, including a billboard at the Highway 40/I-64 exit at Vandeventer Avenue.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, Art the Vote and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts will sponsor a panel discussion with four Art the Vote artists. Participants will include Tom Huck, a senior lecturer in printmaking in the Sam Fox School; Annette Lemieux, a Boston-based artist and professor of the practice of studio arts at Harvard University; Peregrine Honig, an artist and gallery owner from Kansas City, Mo.; and May Tveit, associate professor of art & design at the University of Kansas.

In addition to the panel participants, Art the Vote includes works by internationally known artists Mark Newport, Martha Rosler and Willie Cole. The eighth artist, Karen Kay, was selected in an online contest on, which also includes a complete map of all billboard locations. The billboards will remain up through early November.

The panel discussion will run from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., and be immediately followed by a broadcast of the second presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Voter registration also will take place throughout the evening, culminating with the Missouri Midnight Madness Voter Registration from 10 p.m. to midnight. (Oct. 8 is the Missouri deadline for voter registration and changes of name and address.)

All events are free and open to the public and take place in Steinberg Hall.

For more information, call 935-9300 or visit