MCAD at the MN State Fair

As part of the celebration of the college's 125th anniversary, the work of MCAD alumni and faculty can be seen in several places at this year's Minnesota State Fair:

  • A massive sculpture by Raina Belleau ’11 is featured outside the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) building. The work, Union, represents an eight-point buck with a pair of herons nesting in its antlers. Belleau created the sculpture from garbage and metal scrap removed from the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.
  • This year's Fine Arts Exhibition features an exhibition catalog, created by MCAD and designed by Joseph D.R. OLeary ’92, and an 8'x20' black-and-white illustration by Tuesday Bassen ’11. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to color and decorate the mural on the two Mondays of the Fair: August 29 and September 5.
  • Paintings and illustrations of visiting faculty member Allen Brewer are featured prominently in the makeover of Ye Old Mill, the Fair's oldest-running ride.
  • Linda Christensen ’72 is marking her 40th year as the sculptor of the Princess Kay of the Milky Way butter sculptures.


The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually.

Moving the Sculpture