The Fine Arts Exhibition at the Minnesota State Fair Is Better Than Ever

Reserve your timed spot before Labor Day

The Minnesota State Fair may be cancelled this year, but the Fine Arts Exhibition of Minnesota lives on. Hundreds of talented artists from across the state participated in the juried show, which features paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media, ceramics, and more.

You can peruse a virtual catalog or scope out the pieces in person during the ticketed gallery show (time slots are still bookable through September 7, but ya gotta hurry). Admission is $10 per person and attendance is limited to 25 percent of the building’s capacity — which, based on our experience at opening day, is divine.

When we arrived at the fairgrounds, we entered through the main gate on Snelling Avenue and parked right outside the Fine Arts Center. Masked workers scanned our tickets and told us we had 90 minutes to enjoy the show. It was amazing to actually see the artwork without jostling a bunch of sweaty fairgoers! If only all Fine Arts Exhibitions were by reservation….

To peep some of our favorite pieces from the 2020 lineup, watch our State Fair IG story and check out the detail shots below….

‘Grandmother and Child’ by Leslie Barlow

‘Gracie’s Annual Corn Meal’ by Judy Sell

‘Here Comes the Sun’ by David J Cunningham

‘#BOXSKY’ by Case J. Cavanaugh

‘George’ by Andrea Canter

‘La Corono’ by Mary Catherine Solberg

‘She Makes Rain’ by Chholing Taha

‘Common Origins Spatial Refraction’ by Martin DeWitt

‘Rendezvous’ by Ryan Decker

‘Homeward’ by Mimi Leminh

‘Little Bird’ by Shelly Mosman

‘My Guernica’ by Laura Hanson

‘Two Dancers’ by Tom E. Tyler

‘Sweetland’ by David Holmes

‘Geometric Metamorphosis of a Wolf’ by Shane Anderson

‘Snow at the Canada House’ by Walli White