The Minnesota State Fair’s 2021 Commemorative Art was unveiled at the State Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 20, by Minneapolis cartoonist and illustrator Kevin Cannon. Surrounded by State Fair enthusiasts, he presented his highly detailed watercolor rendition fairgrounds map publicly for the first time. Originally commissioned for the 2020 Minnesota State Fair, the piece was modified for 2021 after the previous year’s fair was canceled due to the pandemic. Cannon’s 22 ½-inch by 30-inch painting will be on display in the Fine Arts Center during the 2021 Great Minnesota Get-Together, Aug. 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 6.
The 2021 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art is the 17th in a series of artwork created annually by Minnesota artists for the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Introducing the 2021 State Fair Commemorative Artist
Kevin Cannon is best known for his detailed cartoon maps in the Star Tribune as well as his humorous all-ages graphic novel, “The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy.” Born and raised in St. Louis Park, Minn., his art career began at a very early age, drawing with Mr. Sketch markers on scraps of foam core from his uncle’s photography studio. He went on to study studio art at Grinnell College in Iowa and resettled in Minneapolis after short stints living in London and Manhattan. The last decade has found him splitting his time between drawing children’s books and creating illustrations for clients such as Apple, Harvard and the United States Naval Academy, and publications including The Village Voice, Minnesota Monthly and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Kevin lives in Mounds View with his wife, Maggie, their son, Ulysses, and cat, Cottleston Pie. Read more about the 2021 commemorative artist.
Commemorative Art Posters and Merchandise
Posters and other merchandise can be purchased through the State FairWear Online Shop.
Posters are also available during the twelve days of the fair at the State FairWear Gift Shops, Fine Arts Center, J.V. Bailey House and Blue Ribbon Bargain Book Carts located around the fairgrounds.
Limited Edition Prints -SOLD OUT-
The hand-signed print for the 2021 State Fair measures 17 7/8″ x 24″. Limited availability- only 100 printed.
2021 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art Limited Edition Prints are now sold out.
There is an additional shipping charge of $35. 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. or during the fair between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for no additional charge.