Hastings College hosting mural competition for high school students

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Hastings College will host more than 130 high school students from across Nebraska for the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center Mural Competition on Wednesday, September 20.

Working as teams, high school students will create 4 ft. x 8 ft. murals using paint, which will then be judged by Hastings College senior art majors. The creative theme of the mural will be shared with students just before they begin work.

Students with the top mural will be offered a gallery show at the JDAC and receive a custom glass art piece created by art professor Tom Kreager. Second and third place mural teams will also receive a custom glass art piece.

At the conclusion of the event, schools will be allowed to take the murals to hang in their high schools.

What: JDAC Mural Competition
When: Wednesday, September 20
Time: 10:00am-3:30pm; painting is 10:30am to 2:00pm (this is the best time for photos/video); awards are at 3:00pm.
Where: Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, 800 E. 12th St., Hastings, NE 68901 (additional parking at Lynn Farrell Arena); directions: hastings.edu/maps
Why: 130+ students from 22 high schools will compete in a mural painting competition judged by Hastings College senior art majors

High schools participating:

  • Bellevue East High School
  • Doniphan-Trumbull High School
  • Elm Creek High School
  • Gibbon High School
  • Gothenburg High School
  • Grand Island Northwest High School
  • Grand Island Senior High
  • Hampton High School
  • Hastings High School
  • Kearney High School
  • Kenesaw High School
  • Lawrence/Nelson High School
  • Lincoln North Star High School
  • Omaha Burke High School
  • Overton High School
  • Saint Cecilia High School
  • Sandy Creek High School
  • Silver Lake High School
  • St. Paul High School
  • Sumner-Eddyville-Miller High School
  • Thayer Central High School
  • York High School


Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With more than 60 majors and 15 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to hastings.edu.

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