Hastings College mural competition features more than 200 students from 36 high schools

Students outside painting a mural.
Students working on their mural at the 2018 Hastings College Jackson Dinsdale Art Center Mural Day.

Hastings College will host more than 200 high school students from 36 schools across Nebraska for the fourth annual Jackson Dinsdale Art Center Mural Competition on Wednesday, September 11.

Working as teams, high school students will create 46 x 76 inch vinyl murals using paint, which will then be judged by Hastings College senior art majors. The creative theme is kept a secret from the teams until just before they begin work. It’s a challenging and fun event for the students — and their art teachers!

Students with the top mural will be offered their own gallery show at the JDAC on campus and receive a custom glass trophy created in the JDAC’s world-class glass studio that can be placed at their school. Second and third place mural teams will also receive a custom glass trophy created in the JDAC.

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 11
Time: 10:00am-3:30pm; painting is 10:30am to 2:00pm (the best time for photos/video/interviews is 12:30 to 2:00pm); awards are at 3:00pm.
Where: Jackson Dinsdale Art Center, 700 E. 12th St., Hastings, NE 68901 (additional parking at Lynn Farrell Arena)
Why: 200+ students from 36 high schools will compete in a mural painting competition

High schools participating:

  • Adams Central High School
  • Ainsworth Community Schools
  • Beatrice High School
  • Bellevue East High School
  • Bellevue West High School
  • Blue Hill High School
  • Brady Public Schools
  • Broken Bow Public School
  • Columbus High School
  • Crete High School
  • Doniphan-Trumbull High School
  • Elm Creek Public Schools
  • Elwood High School
  • Exeter-Milligan High School
  • Gibbon High School
  • Giltner High School
  • Grand Island Senior High
  • Hampton Public School
  • Hastings High School
  • Hershey Public School
  • Kearney High School
  • Kenesaw High School
  • Lawrence/ Nelson Schools
  • Lincoln North Star High School
  • Minden High School
  • Northwest High School
  • Omaha Burke High School
  • Ord High School
  • Overton High School
  • Sandy Creek High School
  • Shelby-Rising City Public School
  • Silver Lake High School
  • Southern High School
  • St. Cecilia High School
  • St. Paul High School
  • Thayer Central High School

Nebraska’s premier private college, Hastings College is a four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. 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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