2019 Commemorative Art

R.J. Kern is an artist whose work explores ideas of home, ancestry and a sense of place through the interaction of people, animals and cultural landscapes. “I love seeing the spirit of competition alive and well today, as demonstrated through the hard work, pride and passion of the exhibitors at the Minnesota State Fair,” Kern said. “Some of the earliest animal contests coincide with the first major exhibition of photography at the 1851 World’s Fair in London. Central to the Minnesota State Fair are livestock competitions. As the first commissioned photographer, I wish to pay homage to this legacy by documenting decisive moments in time and place focused on ‘the best of the best’ in animal contests.”

The handsigned print for the 2019 State Fair measures 13.75" x 17.75".

There is an additional shipping charge of $35. Please contact the Foundation at (651) 288-4323 or info@msffoundation.org if you would like your print shipped. You may also pick up the print from the J.V. Bailey House on the fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for no additional charge.

Please contact the State Fair Foundation about purchasing the print or with any questions regarding commemorative art at (651) 288-4323 or info@msffoundation.org.