August 23 - September 2, 2024

The Fine Arts Exhibition is one of the longest-running and finest traditions of the Colorado State Fair. The Fine Arts Exhibition provides an unmatched opportunity for both Emerging Artists and Professional Artists from around the state to participate in a quality exhibition. We strive to meet our mission of “Quality, Quantity, and Diversity.” The Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition serves to offer the arts community a special, annual show that is a direct result of the passion and hard work of many loving employees, students, and volunteers. Thank you! We hope your experience with us is a memorable one.

“And there should be no lagging or hanging back by anybody who has anything worth exhibiting” Pueblo Chieftain, Sept. 15, 1887 (in regard to entering the CSF Fine Arts Exhibition)


Link to Fine Arts page

2024 Fine Arts Important Dates

June 10 Entry Registration Opens
July 17 at 4:00 pm Entry Form & Fee Deadline
July 27, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Entry Drop-Off (Receiving) Fine Arts Building
August 2 at 5:00 pm Accepted/Not Accepted Posted Online
August 9 at 4:00 pm Accepted Electronically Submitted Artwork Drop-off Deadline
August 22, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Public Reception
August 26 at 5:00 pm Judging Results Posted Online
September 4, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and September 7, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Entry Pick Up (Release)

Important Information​

2024 Colorado State Fair - Fine Arts Competition Judges

Heather Oelklaus is the Print Work Shop Supervisor for the Colorado College Art Department. She has based her life around art for the last 30 years. After attending the Kansas City Art Institute, Heather moved to Colorado Springs where she has been creating artworks that incorporate her passion for photography, printmaking, sculpture, painting, fiber, and collage. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums and is held in private collections around the United States. Heather explores the boundaries of photography and experiments with alternative processes and technologies. When she is not creating photographs, she can be found plein air painting, weaving on her loom, and researching new techniques for her art making. 

Hans Droog,  painter, metal sculptor and wood worker,  native of The Netherlands moved to Trinidad Colorado in 2016 from St Louis Missouri. 
Hans’ paintings focus mostly on  the Midwestern culture of farm and animal life.  His detailed and realistic painted scenery brought him commissions from companies like Anheuser Busch,  the St. Louis Zoo, John Deere, History Farm museum of Hermann, MO, Ralston Purina and others.
Moving to Trinidad, inspired by the local culture, Hans created a large metal sculpture of a running horse commissioned by the city.  The horse reflects the spirit of Southern Colorado.
Hans is represented in Trinidad by 221B Gallery. 
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