Weekend Showcase: Find Local Artists at the Minnesota State Fair Art Show
There are more than 2400 entries in the Minnesota State Fair Art Show, and the show’s superintendent Jim Clark says there’s no shortage of local artists from the northwest suburbs.
But this year, you can come see all the artwork on display live and in person in the Fine Arts Building.
“It’s a bounce back year for entries. Last year we were down a little bit. About 1700 which was understandable given the conditions,” said Jim Clark, Superintendent of the Fine Arts Building at the Minnesota State Fair.
I found no shortage of talent from the northwest metro.
“This year we had over 2400 entries,” said Clark.
And from those 2400 plus entries that were submitted, 321 were accepted for display from eight classes of competition.
All of the artists have their respective cities next to their names.
“We have a great representation of artists in that northwest area. In fact right behind you is a work by Rachael Arenson. It’s a mosaic and she’s from Maple Grove,” said Clark.
It is really an interesting cross section of the state. You’ll see everything from the sublimely beautiful, to the questioningly quizzical, to the truly bizarre.
“It runs the full spectrum of materiality and subject matter,” said Clark.
The amount of work it takes to sift through the submission process, then accept and hang the selections is monumental. The hours put in by Jim and his staff at the fine arts building are considerable. But the result is a show that reflects the best of the art world from across the state of Minnesota.