Mural Day competition to bring more than 200 students from 37 high schools to Hastings College 

After going virtual for last year’s competition, Hastings College will host more than 200 high school students from 37 schools across Nebraska in-person for the sixth annual Jackson Dinsdale Art Center Mural Competition on Wednesday, September 8.

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Students from the 2019 Mural Day competition at Hastings College.

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

Teams design and create their artwork outdoors in the parking lot between the JDAC and Gray Center.

Students with the top mural will be offered their own gallery show at the JDAC on campus and receive a custom trophy created in the JDAC’s world-class studios that can be placed at their school. Second and third place mural teams will also receive a custom 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: Hastings College Mural Competition
When: Wednesday, September 8
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, Nebraska
Why: 200+ students from 37 high schools will compete in a mural painting competition

High schools participating include:

  • Adams Central High School
  • Ainsworth Community Schools
  • Alma High School
  • Bellevue East High School
  • Bellevue West High School
  • Blue Hill High School
  • Brady Public Schools
  • Columbus High School
  • Crete High School
  • Doniphan-Trumbull High School
  • Elm Creek High Schools
  • Elwood High School
  • Freeman High School
  • Giltner High School
  • Grand Island Northwest High School
  • Grand Island Senior High
  • Hampton High School
  • Hastings Public High School
  • Heartland Public Schools
  • Kearney High School
  • Kenesaw High School
  • Lawrence-Nelson Schools
  • Logan View High School
  • Millard South High School
  • Minden High School
  • Omaha Burke High School
  • Ord High School
  • Overton High School
  • Palmer High School
  • Perkins County High School
  • Ravenna High School
  • Sandhills High School
  • Sandy Creek High School
  • South Platte High School
  • Southwest High School
  • St. Cecilia High School
  • St. Paul High School

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