MCA State Fair Awards

MCA was the first independent organization to give a cash award to artists at the Minnesota State Fair. “The Great State of Minnesota” award given by MCA honors an artist depicting Minnesota subject matter in a highly skillful way. We choose the winner from participants in the Minnesota State Fair Arts Show. Join us at the Fair!

2018 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner R.J. Kern with Executive Director Sheila Smith.


2017 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner “Minneapolis Midway” by Michael Melman.

DSaathof2016 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner Danny Saathof with Executive Director Sheila Smith.

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2015 MCA State Fair Fine Arts
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2014 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner Lacey Criswell with Fieldworker Ian Vaver

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2012 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner Areca Roe with Executive Director Sheila Smith

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2009 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner Riley Nicholas with Executive Director Sheila Smith

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2008 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner Mary Jo Van Dell with Executive Director Sheila Smith

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2007 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner Tom Olmscheid with Executive Director Sheila Smith

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2006 MCA State Fair Fine Arts Award Winner Faye Passow with Executive Director Sheila Smith