In 1921, Vinnorma Shaw designed a poster to commemorate the Missouri Centennial and advertise the Missouri Centennial Exposition at the Missouri State Fair. One hundred years later, what should a Missouri Bicentennial poster look like?

In 2020, Missouri students helped the Missouri Bicentennial Commission commemorate the state's 200th anniversary by submitting design concepts for a Missouri Bicentennial poster. Four concepts were chosen, with each winner receiving $200 and a certificate acknowledging his/her achievement, as well as an invitation to attend the poster unveiling. 



The judging committee has select two winning design concepts from both the elementary and secondary levels. The committee will include members of the Missouri Bicentennial Commission and arts professionals. Judges will evaluate entries based on the following criteria:

  • Interpretation of the contest theme: Sharing Missouri’s stories— past, present, and future.
  • The originality of the submission.
  • Consideration of geographic and cultural diversity.
  • Aesthetic quality; i.e. the art submission should be appealing to the eye.
  • Overall artistic ability; i.e. degree of creativity and skill for its age group.
  • Ability to translate the concept into a final poster design.


The contest was open to elementary school students (grades 3–6) and secondary school students (grades 7–12) within Missouri’s 114 counties, as well as the independent City of St. Louis. A student’s grade level for the 2019–2020 school year determined his/her eligibility and judging category.

  • Entries were ask to interpret the theme: Sharing Missouri’s stories—past, present, and future.

  • Students were asked to use two-dimensional art media (i.e. paints, crayons, colored pencils or collage) and ensure the media will transfer to a poster format.

Additionally, the Commission accepted two entries per judging category per eligible sponsoring institution, which included nonprofit arts agencies, cultural heritage and educational institutions (e.g. museums and historical societies, 4-H clubs, private and public schools, homeschool networks, etc.), and public libraries.