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)

A special “THANK YOU!” to our amazing Sponsors!

  • IMPORTANT DATES:             
    • Release (pick up) – 10 a.m. -3 p.m.                                                                         Wednesday, September 7, 2022

2022 Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Competition Accepted List

2022 Fine Arts Placings


2022 Fine Arts Special & Sponsored Awards

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Have you had a dream where it felt as if it was real? Do you feel the earth guide you to something that feels right? Have you felt a portal of some distant reality exist alongside of us?

Art has been a portal to channel my indigenous ancestors, where I slip under an emotional spinning vortex of creation. The makers of my blood flow through me. I channel the artisans, craft-makers, mud-dwellers, star-makers, dream-weavers and earth-brothers and sisters — the ones who paved the way and forged the path. My work carries spirit and my truth is in everything I create.


I grew up in Colorado, my mother was adopted and my father not quite in the picture. I have roots that bridge India and the natives of this land. I find myself exploring parallels between my hybrid identities found in myth, religion, and ritual.

I work within clay and sculpture through ancient traditional processes. Visit me during Art District on Santa Fe’s First Friday Art Walks–My studio is located at Recreative Denver.

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Dagny McKinley is the Executive Director of the Colorado New Play Festival. Prior to that, she served for four years as Director of Development and Communications for Steamboat Creates. She is an author and photographer with five books to her credit. Her photography has been published across the United States. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University.


Dagny currently serves on the Mineral Springs of Steamboat Springs Protection Committee with the Tread of Pioneers Museum, is on the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts advocacy committee, and is determined to see a performing art center in Steamboat Springs come to fruition. Dagny believes that anything can happen when you believe the impossible is possible.