Annual Lou-Platte art conference and competition to be held at Hastings College

Hastings College will be hosting the annual Lou-Platte Art Conference and Art Competition starting the afternoon of March 16 through March 21 in the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center (700 East 12th Street). Students from 10 schools will submit about 250 pieces of art and have the opportunity to attend workshops.

Pieces submitted as part of the competition will be on exhibition in a JDAC gallery Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m and Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Participating schools include:

  • Arcadia
  • Central City
  • Centura
  • Doniphan
  • Trumbull
  • Gibbon
  • Loup City
  • Ord
  • Ravenna
  • St. Paul
  • Wood River

Workshops for participating students will be held at the Grey Center (1100 North Elm Avenue) beginning March 21 at 10:00 a.m. Both workshops are an hour long and feature guest clinicians Carl Duda and Megan Danner.

Duda resides in Grand Island, Nebraska, and has been commissioned for murals, tattoos and t-shirt designs.

Danner taught high school art for 10 years in Columbus, Nebraska, and currently teaches elementary art at Cavett Elementary in Lincoln. She will cover cold wax and oil painting techniques.

Hastings College will hold an awards ceremony for the competition at the French Memorial Chapel (800 N. Turner Avenue) on Saturday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public.

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad and a two-week study abroad experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at

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