Minnesota State Fair unveils 2011 commemorative art

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The Minnesota State Fair’s official commemorative art for 2011, by Steve Thomas

The Minnesota State Fair unveiled this year’s commemorative art today, which will grace posters, postcards, pins and prints for those looking to memorialize the 12 day event.

Artist Steve Thomas of Lino Lakes says the piece is essentially a snapshot of his own fair experience.

The look of this year’s piece marks a return to the sharp lines and iconic images that were typical of the state fair’s earlier marketing posters.

The original acrylic will be on display in the Fine Arts Center during the fairʼs

12-day run.

This year’s artwork is also the result of a change in the selection process. Last year fair officials switched from nominating an artist to putting out an open call for submissions.

By all accounts, it appears the new method is a success.

  • Pamela Balabuszko-Reay

    I love that there was a call for artists to submit their work. This poster is beautifully done. Great style.

    BUT….

    The Minnesota State Fair brings out EVERYONE in Minnesota. Everyone in this poster is white.

    I am not happy to see a poster representing the State Fair not representing the richness of diversity in our State.

    Just a thought for next year.

  • Marianne Combs

    Pamela – very good point. Thanks for bringing it up.