Awards presented for Hastings College annual mural competition

Hastings College hosted 32 teams and more than 160 students virtually this year for the fifth annual Hastings College Mural Day on Wednesday, October 7. The event moved online to ensure safety during COVID-19 and allowed schools to avoid travelling yet still participate from their classroom or other space at their school. The top three award winners were announced earlier today.

You can view a video of the awards presentation here. Photos of the top three are below.

Hastings College provided primary paint colors and the mural surface — a 36 x 76” vinyl banner. Each registered school joined a Zoom call for a live presentation from Hastings College campus. During that, the College announced the theme, which was “Just Desserts.”

Art faculty at Hastings College checked in via Zoom with each school during the day for updates. High school teachers shared photos of students’ progress before uploading the final picture of the student’s mural, with those final pictures being used by this year’s judges, members of Kappa Pi, the art honorary, and senior art majors.

First place went to a team from Lincoln North Star High School. Second place was given to the team from Pawnee City Public Schools and third place was the team from Ainsworth Community Schools.

All three winning teams will receive a trophy made from laser cut wood and glass designed by Hastings College art students. Lincoln North Star students will also get an exhibit in one of the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center galleries during the 2021-22 academic year.

High schools that participated are listed below.

  • Adams Central High School
  • Ainsworth Community Schools
  • Amherst Public School
  • Blue Hill Community Schools
  • Brady Public Schools
  • Broken Bow High School
  • Columbus High School
  • Creek Valley High School
  • Crete High School
  • Doniphan-Trumbull High School
  • Freeman Public School
  • Fremont High School
  • Gibbon High School
  • Hampton Public Schools
  • Kearney High School
  • Kenesaw High School
  • Lawrence/ Nelson High School
  • Lincoln North Star High School
  • Millard South High School
  • Northwest High School
  • Ord High School
  • Overton High School
  • Pawnee City Public Schools
  • Perkins County High School
  • Ravenna Public Schools
  • Sandy Creek Public Schools
  • Silver Lake High School
  • Southern School District
  • St. Paul High School
  • Thayer Central Community Schools
  • West Holt Public Schools
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Lincoln North Start High School
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Pawnee City Public Schools
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Ainsworth Community Schools


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