artworks expo high school pastel mural competition 2019
“North Scott students were proud to be part of a community activity that showed their commitment to art. We have proudly posted on twitter the great work that was accomplished on that weekend. Students are also proud to help support their art department with the winnings that goes back to purchasing more pastels to practice and commit to next year's event and paint for their art projects and school murals that we have been working on. With small school budgets every extra amount helps to get those supplies needed. We appreciate all the hard work everyone puts into the pastel weekend to make it happen. The pastel competition is an event all our students get excited about every year to come together and plan out ideas. The art students work as a team and get to meet other art students and see their ideas come to life. There are so many wonderful outcomes to this event. My students and I hope to participate it in for many years to come.” - Michelle Mess, North Scott art teacher
Open to all high schools within a 90-mile radius of the Quad Cities, 63 participants from nine area high schools competed in the annual challenge for high school student teams who completed an eight by eight-foot pastel mural during one day. Each team that competed received a cash award to fund and improve education in the participants’ art departments. We thank Eastern Iowa Community Colleges for hosting the pastel competition day since Bucktown was closed due to the spring flood.
The 2019 juror was Zaiga Thorson, art professor and assistant to the chair in Communication and Fine Arts at Black Hawk College, where she has taught since 1999. Participating schools received over $2,300 in awards, an increase from 2018:
First Place: North Scott High School (pictured above and below)
Second Place: Davenport North High School
Third Place: Davenport Central High School
Six Honorable Mentions: Alleman High School, Assumption High School, Moline High School, Rock Island High School, Pleasant Valley High School, West High School.
People’s Choice Award: North Scott High School
Funding was generously provided by the Rock Island Art Guild. Drawing supplies were provided by Blick Art Materials and friends of the Left Bank Art League. The Home Depot discounted drawing boards.