Arts & Displays

The State Fair art scene is a bustling place! From youth art to professional art competitions, there is something for everyone. Don’t miss all of the amazing art pieces at the fair.

Autism, Arts and Animals

They go by the names of Cactus Cat, Pig Pig, and Charlie the Roller-Skating Cheetah. These and many other imaginative and illustrative animals will be on exhibit during Autism, Art, and Animals in the lobby of the Expo Center from August 1 - 4. All work was created by students ages 8 - 18 enrolled in Islands of Brilliance, a Milwaukee nonprofit working to enrich the lives of children and young adults living with autism.

Cow-Temporary Art Walk

Back for its second year, the cow-temporary art walk features traditional favorites and new artistic creations in our outdoor gallery. Mooo-ve from one art stop to the next and take in all the inspirational pieces made of steel, wood, plant matter, traditional art, and so much more to earn a special ribbon. Pick up your Cow-Temporary punch card at the Young People’s Art Exhibit located in the lobby of the Exposition Center.

Plein Air at the Fair

On Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6, see how artists capture the State Fair on canvas. Plus, on Tuesday, stop by Exploratory Park where artists will be creating their quick paint, a mini masterpiece in under three hours. Starting Tuesday afternoon, artwork will be available for purchase at the Plein Air Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the Exposition Center. Pick up a piece to add to your Fair-inspired art collection at home!

Wisconsin State Fair History Display

As you wander the paths of Exploratory Park, relax a little in the south building and dive into 168 years' worth of Wisconsin State Fair history. Featured items will include the 1919 State Fair, previous locations of the State Fair, and mounted police history. Before you leave, test your State Fair history knowledge with the history quiz.

Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Art Competition

The Wisconsin State Fairtastic Poster Art Competition is a way to celebrate and engage local and statewide artisan talent. This year's winning piece was created by James Steeno of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and can be purchased during the Fair at all Official FairWear locations.

Young People’s Art Exhibit

“Sowing Creativity” continues to grow strong in the Young People’s Art Exhibit after 51 years, with a record number of inspiring pieces created by youth, grades 6 – 12, from across the state. Stroll through the lobby of the Exposition Center to check out all the colorful artwork and the free make-it-take-it art area.

Youth Expo Hall & Stage

The Youth Expo Hall, located on Fifth Street and Grandstand Avenue, showcases Wisconsin youth through music and drama performances, demonstrations, style revues, activity stations, project exhibits and organizational displays. The stage will feature special performances by 4-H Drama Company and the State FFA Honors Band & Chorus.