During the month of March, which also happens to be Youth Art Month, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is featuring the Minnesota state winners of the visual arts division from the 2017 PTA Reflections program.
Since 1969, the National PTA Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film, and special artist categories.
This year’s theme was “What’s Your Story?” and the artwork displayed is from students in kindergarten through grade 12. Out of hundreds of entries, 50 winners were selected between the different divisions. Outstanding-level entries have advanced to the National PTA competition in Washington, D.C.; winners will be announced in April.
Award-winning pieces are displayed at Galleria Valéncia including nine Winona-area students: Bluffview Montessori student, Julia Windley Daoust (third place, photography, middle school); Washington-Kosciusko Elementary students, Salome Tovaisas (third place, literature, intermediate), Mya Brand (second place, photography, intermediate), Sawyer Lopsch (third place, photography, intermediate), and Pippa Serleth (third place, visual arts, intermediate); Goodview Elementary students, Harper Klug (first place, visual arts, primary) and Delainee Gilligan (third place, visual arts, primary); and Winona Senior High students, Grace Going (first place, visual arts, high school), and Irene Guillen (second place, visual arts, high school). Additionally, other entries from Winona-area students in both the visual arts and photography divisions are on display for all to enjoy.
This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public through March 31 during office hours and while classes are in session. A special reception for area Reflection artists and their families will be held Thursday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the MCA Recital Hall. MCA is located inside the Valéncia Arts Center at 1164 West Howard Street. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guestbook, so that the young artists know who attended the show. For more information, visit www.mnpta.org. For more information about MCA, visit smumn.edu/mca.