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ROCK ISLAND — On Friday, a closing reception was held for the annual ArtWorks Expo High School Pastel Exhibition, at MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery West, 1629 2nd Ave.

The exhibit of nine murals from area schools will be on display through July 20.

The competition was open to all high schools within a 90-mile radius of the Quad-Cities, and the murals required teamwork and creativity among students. The pastel murals were each completed during one day. Nine teams competed for awards to fund and improve education in the participants’ art departments.

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Alan Campbell hosted the pastel competition day. Jack Wilhoit, Tony Seabolt and Austin Griffiths assisted. Participating schools received over $2,300 in awards, an increase from 2018. The winners are:

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  • First Place: North Scott High School
  • 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, Davenport West High School.

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. Gallery West hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

This project has been supported with funding from the Rock Island Art Guild. Drawing supplies were provided by Blick Art Materials and friends of the Left Bank Art League.

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