Art by Morgan Dyrdal, third grade student at Goodview Elementary.

MCA hosts student art
 exhibit throughout April


Art by Sophia Gricis, third grade student at Goodview Elementary.
Art by Sophia Gricis, third grade student at Goodview Elementary.

Artwork created by local students is now on display in Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), 1164 West Howard Street. The artwork was created by students of Jeff Morgan, kindergarten through 12th-grade art educator and artist, who has taught all levels of public school and post-secondary students since 1998 for Winona Area Public Schools.

This April exhibit is an extension of Youth Art Month, featuring the work of students in kindergarten through grade four at Jefferson Elementary and Goodview Elementary.

The art on display is the culmination of applied learning of art skills and knowledge, based on Minnesota academic standards in the visual arts. Morgan has seen incredible growth in his art classes, offering evidence that art engages and makes connections within the participant’s whole brain, as well as developing hand-eye skills, extended vocabulary, task management skills, perceptual awareness and synthesis, and an increased appreciation for the expressive contributions of other human beings.

Students enjoy a wide variety of 2D and 3D art experiences in Morgan’s classes, and he is proud to offer a small sample of their accomplishments in this exhibit. Feel free to leave a comment or offer further lesson ideas with Morgan at

The public is invited to visit Galleria Valéncia at no cost during regular business hours on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit community arts school offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information about MCA or Galleria Valéncia visit, email, or call 507-453-5500.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,600 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis, Minn., but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at


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