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Lancaster art museum using billboards to display artwork

LANCASTER - The Lancaster Museum of Art and History's latest art exhibit is going on outdoors - on billboards.

Twenty roadside billboards around the Antelope Valley are showing the work of 10 local artists through Nov. 12.

Offering artists the opportunity "to tell stories about place," #ArtOutdoorAV is a joint campaign between the Museum of Art and History, Lamar Advertising, and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation.

Billboards donated by Lamar Advertising feature the works of artists Nuri Amanatullah, Marthe Aponte, Tina Dille, Julius Eastman, Astin Ferreras, Michael Jones, Stevie Love, Susan Sironi, Jane Szabo and Edwin Vasquez.

The pieces were chosen after museum officials invited artists from Los Angeles County's 5th Supervisorial District to submit their artwork for consideration. To be eligible, artwork must have been created within the past three years and must not have been previously exhibited at the museum or at its MOAH:CEDAR gallery.

Eight of the artists are from the Antelope Valley, and the other two are from elsewhere in the 5th Supervisorial District.

The works are on display around Lancaster as well as throughout the Antelope Valley from Acton to Mojave.

A panel of jurors - consisting of the museum's curatorial staff, the foundation's board of directors, and Lamar Advertising's management team - reviewed the submissions and selected the 20 pieces. The selected artists represent the diversity and spirit of the Antelope Valley and its inhabitants, museum officials said.

Maps to billboard locations are available at the Museum of Art and History, 665 West Lancaster Blvd.; at the MOAH:CEDAR gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., and at

The museum staffers are encouraging community members to participate in this outdoor art experience by sharing photos of the billboards using #ARTOUTDOORAV.

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