Save Our Murals
Billings Senior High murals are a tradition at Senior since 1947, initiated by art teacher, Earl Bailey. Dolores Keller's mural from 1947, the earliest mural, still graces the 3rd floor SW corner. Over the years, over 100 murals have been added to the walls of Senior.
Save Our Murals Committee:
A small volunteer committee with roots from 2008 has taken on the project of preserving the murals, because gradually many murals have been painted over or covered. Many murals need cleaning, repair and/or lighting.
The 2014-2016 volunteer committee consisted of: Kristeen Keup, Sally McIntosh, Lyn McKinney, Linda Meyer, Bob Nolte, Susan Nybo, Nancy McManus, and Bruce and Marilee Ryniker. Senior student, Hannah Lose, joined the committee to work on her senior 2014 Platinum Project until her 2015 graduation in May. Our 75th commemorative muralists, Senior High students Paul Haesemeyer and Morgan Legare, joined the committee in 2015. Morgan is a 2016 graduate; Paul continues as a committee member.
Les Heins and Leo Olson, former art teachers, have shared expertise.
Jim Heins offered brochure assistance.
Karen Tanner designed our mural poster.
Professional photos have been taken by Senior High photography teacher, Houston Harmon, of over 110 murals still in existence. Harmon's photos and bios, completed by members of the committee, are featured in a 144 page commemorative book, If the Walls Could Speak, published by Billings printer, Artcraft Printers, in November, 2015.
If Walls Could Speak:
Books may be ordered @ $45 (they charge a $3.50 processing fee) through PaySchools on the Billings Senior High website.
Caramel Cookie Waffle (check with Judy Boogman) has copies for sale. $45.
Yellowstone Art Museum (check with Jet Holoubek) has books for sale. $45.
Proceeds from the book sale and other fundraisers benefit preservation and lighting for the murals.
Donate to the Save Our Murals project.
Members of the committee have been attending reunions and art walks to sell books and to advertise the project. Reunions have been very generous donors to the project.
Two Open Houses have celebrated the book and have shared the amazing art with our community. A mural map was created for self-guided tours and is available in the main office. The book is also designed to be used as a tour guide.
The November 2015 Open House featured our book launch and an art auction, with proceeds donated to the mural project.
Local media has been exceptionally supportive.
Facebook page: Billings Senior High Save Our Murals Supporters
Kristeen Keup wrote and received a $1000 grant from community supporter, Billings Community Foundation in partnership with the Matthews-Dousman Memorial Endowment, to create and install signage for the murals.