MN Original


The Minnesota State Fair is a destination for nearly two million visitors every summer on the St. Paul/Falcon Heights campus. Some go for the food, some for the animals and some for the art, seed and fine.

The Fine Arts Center, located on the Northeast side of the fairgrounds, houses the largest juried art show in state boasting thousands of submissions. In 2018, 2,600 pieces were submitted for consideration and only 324 works were selected. Awards are then given in the following eight categories:

  • Oil/Acrylic/Mixed Media
  • Sculpture
  • Watercolor/Gouache/Casein/Tempera
  • Drawings/Pastel
  • Prints
  • Ceramics/Glass
  • Textiles/Fiber
  • Photography

Many MN Original alums are among the featured and award-winning artists in the 2018 juried art exhibit. To learn more about them and their work, check out short videos about each:

In addition to the juried exhibit, the Fine Arts Center hosts a working artist demonstrating their process, or a current project, as a part of their “Studio: Here” exhibit. A different artist is featured each day for a twelve-hour shift. Five MN Original alums are among the featured working artists this year. Learn more about their work and process in these MN Original segments:

State Fair-Goer attempts to find all 50 hidden images of the State Fair in Kristi Abbott’s 2018 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art.

Collage artist and MN Original alum Kristi Abbott created the 2018 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art. Her piece is said to contain more than 50 hidden images of the State Fair. Fairgoers study her work in amazement, trying to identify all the hidden gems.

Thus, if you find yourself at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, stop by the Fine Arts Center and celebrate the talented visual arts community of our state.

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Jim Clark