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MCA hosts award-winning youth art exhibit throughout March

March 21, 2019

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WINONA, Minn. — Throughout March, Youth Art Month, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) has filled the walls of the Valéncia Arts Center at 1164 W. Howard St. with Minnesota winners of the 2019 MN PTA Reflections arts program. Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are displaying artwork for the show titled “Heroes Around Us.”

For 50 years, the National PTA Reflections arts program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. PTA Reflections is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in photography, literature, visual arts, music, dance, film, and special artist categories.

Out of hundreds of entries from throughout the state, 37 winners were selected. Eight winning entries from Winona include:

  • Winona Middle School students Adele Jacobsen (Outstanding Interpretation in Visual Arts), Clay Cottrel and Lacey Kimmerle (Awards of Merit in Visual Arts);
  • Washington-Kosciusko Elementary students Cael Hoarn (Outstanding Interpretation in Photography), Annie Colon (Award of Merit in Literature), Lindsey Langowski, and Kali Thompson (Awards of Merit in Visual Arts); and
  • North Star Unit student Seamus Schwaba (Outstanding Interpretation in Literature).

Outstanding Interpretation entries have advanced to the National PTA competition in Alexandria, Va., for national level judging which is currently underway. The Minnesota PTA Reflections arts program is chaired by Lori Ortega of Winona.

This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public throughout March during office hours and while classes are in session. For more information about the National PTA Reflections program and Minnesota PTA, visit Learn more about MCA at

Photo caption: Artwork of Adele Jacobson, seventh-grader from Winona, Minn., who was awarded first place in Outstanding Interpretation in Visual Arts and is going on to compete at the national level.