The annual Hastings College Mural Competition is a day of artistic creation, collaboration and competition for high school students in the beautiful Jackson Dinsdale Art Center (JDAC).

The seventh annual event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2023.

Each school’s art team can consist of 2 to 6 most promising art students who will compete against other schools by painting a 36” x 60” vinyl mural according to the theme announced at the beginning of the competition.

Registration is due September 22! Only one team per school — and 35 schools maximum. So register early!

Overview of the Mural Competition

In addition to the competition portion of the day, Hastings College provides lunch and tours of the JDAC with the opportunity to see Hastings College students at work on projects throughout the building. The day concludes with our judge’s comments and a short awards ceremony.

Hastings College provides – Blick acrylic paint in primary colors, black and white; cups for paint; breakfast and lunch; the vinyl banner to paint; plastic to protect the concrete.

What schools should bring – brushes, containers for water, sketch paper/pencils; paper towels; extension cords (power bar) and hair dryers if needed to speed drying time; colors of latex/acrylic paint not provided; chair for teacher; umbrellas to block the sun/sunscreen/hats; creative brains!

Tentative Schedule of Events

9:30-9:45 am: Register/check in at the JDAC
10:00 am: Welcome, introductions, rules and theme announcement (drum roll please!)
10:30 am: Start painting!
12:00-12:30 pm: Lunch provided by Hastings College
2:30 pm: Paintings completed (turn in for judges to post, clean up area)
3:00 pm: View murals, judges comments; awards and scholarships
3:15-3:40 pm: Optional tour and demonstrations at the JDAC


  • 1st Place — $150 Gift Card 
  • 2nd Place — $100 Gift Card
  • 3rd Place — $75 Gift Card

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

Do you have a talented high school senior who may major or minor in art and would like to be considered for a Hastings College Art scholarship? Please have them apply to Hastings College — and submit their art portfolio for review online after completing their application. There is no obligation if they apply or receive a scholarship.