The Minnesota State Fair's 2014 Commemorative Art was unveiled on Wednesday, June 4 by artist Emily L. Taylor of St. Paul. Surrounded by State Fair fans, art enthusiasts and media, she presented her original watercolor piece to the public for the first time at the J.V. Bailey House on the State Fairgrounds. The artwork will be on display at the Fine Arts Center during the fairʼs 12-day run.
With a quirky perspective and playful representations of Minnesota’s people, crops, animals and landmarks, she illustrates the stories of those who gather for the annual State Fair. Living just blocks away from the fairgrounds, Taylor has developed a strong sense of tradition surrounding the Great Minnesota Get-Together, which helped her capture the essence of the fair’s place in our state’s culture.
“This has been an amazing experience,” Taylor said. “Having the opportunity to work with such a great group of people in an effort to help preserve the State Fair we know and love is a privilege. I can only hope that this painting will capture for the public what I feel is the essence of the Great Minnesota Get-Together’s community and spirit.”
Taylor was born in Minneapolis and graduated from South High School. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has created work for a series of watercolor paintings titled “A Place In Time,” which includes works such as “The BBQ” owned by the Cooperstown Graduate Program and “A Highland Ball,” a depiction of St. Paul’s Highland Park Little League Fields. She has also completed several large-scale latex and acrylic paintings for an interactive exhibit at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.; a mural for the children’s wing of Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in South Minneapolis; and a traveling mural for the City of Eden Prairie. Taylor recently started her own arts education business named Artfulu. Visit emilyltaylor.com for more information.
Commemorative art posters and a limited number of signed giclee prints featuring Taylor’s art are available for purchase year-round at msffoundation.org. During the fair, posters may also be purchased at State FairWear Gift Shops and Bargain Book and State Fair Poster Carts on the fairgrounds. Sizes and pricing are as follows: posters (18" x 24") $10; and signed giclee prints (19.75" x 26") $100. Proceeds from commemorative art merchandise support the Minnesota State Fair Foundation 501(c)(3) mission to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, grounds and educational experiences.
The 2014 Official Commemorative Art is the 11th in a series of annual artwork created exclusively for the State Fair. In previous years, Minnesota State Fair artists have included: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (2004), Mary GrandPré (2005), Nancy Carlson (2006), Michael Birawer (2007), Edie Abnet (2008), Leo Stans (2009), Deborah Voyda Rogers (2010), Steve Thomas (2011), Joe Heffron (2012) and Marie Olofsdotter (2013). A gallery of past artwork is available here.
The 2014 Commemorative Art contains an abundance of colorful elements that represent the culture and history of the Minnesota State Fair and our great state. See how many you can find!
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