“The Barn Artist” creates new murals at Newcomerstown High Gym

NEWCOMERSTOWN – Scott Hagan, aka “The Barn Artist,” notes that there are a lot of messages in the “Newcomerstown Trojans.”

This is important to Hagan, best known in Ohio as the barn painter for the 2003 Ohio Bicentennial Barns project that featured large murals on barns across the state. Hagan got his start as an Ohio Bicentennial illustrator after being profiled in an article by Pamela McCourt in The Barnesville Enterprise in 1997 and has appeared in numerous national publications since.

His most recent project is graffiti on three walls in the gymnasium at Newcomerstown High School, including a 100-foot-wide mural with the word “Trojans” in 14-foot-tall letters.

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Scott Hagan, aka "Barn artist" She painted a mural at Newcomerstown High School that features letters 14 feet high and spans 100 feet.

Superintendent Jason Peoples said the project is part of a much-needed upgrade to school facilities.

“The high school gym is our main indoor venue,” he said. “It’s being used by high school and middle school teams and was in need of an upgrade, so Chad Elliott, our director of athletics, called Scott…to start planning. Scott, who also designed and completed the mural at Lee Field House, worked with us in planning all of it.” Project Details. Scott is a professional who takes pride in his work. We hope our student-athletes, parents, and fans will enjoy the new look for years to come.”

Scott Hagan, known as "Barn artist" He signs his name to a mural he painted at Newcomerstown High School.

How did Scott Hagan get involved in the project?

“The workload is huge, as always,” said Hagan, who is from Jerusalem, Ohio. “Here at Newcomerstown High School, I’ve worked on four different projects, including the cafeteria, the wrestling room, the amazing new Lee Field House, and now the gym.” The school has seen my work in other schools, and that’s how this works for me.”

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