Former MCAD student Joe Heffron of St. Paul has been chosen to create the Official 2012 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art. For the second year, the State Fair put out a call for submissions asking Minnesota artists to apply to create the commemorative art. Heffron was selected as one of five finalists from nearly fifty submissions and was just named the official artist. Other finalists were Christine Dyrud, Keith Grove, Michael Jacobsen and Bruce Nygren. Heffron's final piece will be unveiled at the State Fairgrounds in June 2012.