The Fine Arts Show at the Minnesota State Fair is called the state’s largest juried art exhibit. It typically features 300 or more works among thousands of Minnesota artists.
A little math indicates that a lot of “rejected art” is left behind. Some of these pieces are on display until September 26 as part of the annual “Rejected Exhibition” at the AZ Gallery in Lower Town St. Paul. This year’s exhibition features photographs, paintings and some sculptures.
Organizer Jeff Henningsgaard explains in an email: “It all started when local photographers started posting their rejected images on social media. Amazing images were shared and it was a great way for the community to rally with other artists and provide support. The idea of launching their own show was brought up and Tomas Alvarez and (me) took up the challenge. This year, the show opened to all types of art media, bringing new enthusiasm to the Minnesota arts community. Painting, sculpture, mixed media and, of course, photography are now all included. This is the fifth year of the exhibit, which took a COVID hiatus in 2020.
The rejected exhibition is co-hosted with the Art Bike Show curated by artist Amy Clark, which features classic bikes and artwork that celebrates everything that happens on two wheels.
The AZ gallery is located at 308 Prince Street. The exhibition is open during gallery opening hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For information: theazgallery.org.