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DeAnna Skedel, Dino Fear, displayed on the East-facing billboards

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Phil Shafer, Agreed, displayed on the West-facing billboards

The Missouri Bank’s Crossroads location, at 125 Southwest Boulevard, KCMO, will debut four new large-scale commissioned images by Kansas City artists DeAnna Skedel and Phil Shafer as part of its ongoing “Artboards” series in time for First Friday, December 4, 2015. Installed on the exterior, double-sided billboards rising above the bank, the “Artboards” are visible to the public all hours of the day, and will remain on view for three months.


DeAnna Skedel has been a Kansas City based artist and professor since 2002. While completing her BFA in Metalsmithing at The University of Akron Ohio, she began exhibiting her work at the Ohio Craft Museum. She received her MFA with a concentration in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and worked in theater on the side creating set designs and prop mastery. Her MFA focus on sculpture led to residencies with US/UK Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture Project in England and Overflow/Fluids (LA Art Girls) at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. DeAnna was a Kansas City Avenue of the Arts recipient, has been a part of Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project, and was featured in the book, “The Sixth Surface; Steven Holl Lights The Nelson-Atkins Museum”. She was recently honored by her peers at Metropolitan Community College – Blue River with the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Phil Shafer lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a 2000 graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute with a major in photography and new media. Phil channels his artistic energy in many ways. When he’s not working as a designer for the Kansas Life Science Research Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Phil runs his own art business under the name of Sike Style Industries and creates 2-D designs on walls and in-print graphics for clients. His love for street art and graffiti has led to several mural projects within the Kansas City community. He aims to transform indistinctive or vandalized surfaces with colorful, positive, and uplifting imagery that the Kansas City community can be proud of.

For more information about the Artboards series – click here.

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