ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS
All murals are the original work of the artist in concept, composition, and execution. Artists’ proposals were reviewed by a selection panel determined by the Minnesota State Fair and Forecast Public Art. Decisions by the selection panel are final and not open to negotiation.
The Minnesota State Fair and Forecast Public Art are committed to providing opportunities to people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical ability.
The selection criteria used to consider artist proposals includes how the proposal aligns with the Minnesota State Fair Mission: To educate and involve our guests by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining, and fun.
The Minnesota State Fair strives to:
- Showcase Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art, and industry.
- Present an unparalleled forum for knowledge and ideas.
- Provide outstanding customer service.
- Offer exceptional value.
- Provide a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.
- Create unique experiences.
In addition, the selection committee considers artist proposals in terms of:
- Audience enjoyment (must be family-friendly)
- Diverse representation of genres, cultures, and geography
Each commissioned mural is approximately 8’ x 8’ constructed of wood as part of a three-sided structure. Each artist is assigned one side of the structure for their mural. To complete this mural, the artist will receive a stipend of $4,000. This fee includes materials.
Artists are provided with parking, fair access, and food vouchers.
Artists from outside the metro area and greater Minnesota were encouraged to apply, with travel reimbursements discussed as needed.
Completed mural will remain on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and be owned by the Minnesota State Fair.
Artist retains copyright to the artwork design.