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COCA News: Winners selected for City's Winter Festival

For more than 25 years, the Council on Culture & Arts has partnered with the City of Tallahassee’s Parks and Recreation Department to present two annual art exhibitions in conjunction with City's Winter Festival.


The 2018 Winter Festival Youth Art exhibition is on display through Jan. 28, 2019 at the City Hall Art Gallery. It showcases youthful talent through more than 70 pieces of K-12 student artwork.


COCA congratulates all of the artists selected to exhibit their work in the show and we're pleased to announce the award winners.

Mayor's Award: Untitled by Meghana Kavarthapu, Chiles High School, Grade 11. (Photo: Special to the Democrat)

2018 Winter Festival Youth Art Exhibition Award Winners


Meghana Kavarthapu, Grade 11, Chiles High School

First Place
Karen Morris, Grade 8, Raa Middle School

Second Place
Rebecca Hillman, Grade 7, Fairview Middle School

Third Place
Laxmi McGuire, Grade 7, Fairview Middle School

Honorable Mention
Mary Katherine (MK) Brady, Grade 7, Maclay School
Nicole Kelly, Grade 8, Deerlake Middle School
Conner Matthews, Grade 8, Montford Middle School 

First Place
Kira Valdes, Grade 11, Leon High School

Second Place
Novak Lukomski, Grade 11, SAIL High School

Third Place
Nori Gammons, Grade 11, Florida State University School

Honorable Mention
Alexandra Blackney, Grade 10, Chiles High School
Lauren Fleischer, Grade 11, Maclay School
Grace Kurowski, Grade 12, Chiles High School