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