Concordia University visual arts professor Alonso Sierralta is one of 12 artists featured at the upcoming Minnesota State Fair event named Studio: Here at the Minnesota State Fair. The idea behind the event, which debuted at last year's state fair, is to give viewers a glimpse of the artistic process.
During the 12 days of the fair, 12 different artists will work one full day to create a piece of artwork. A portion of the fair's Fine Arts Building (corner of Cosgrove St. and Randall Ave.) will be turned into a working studio for the featured artists. Sierralta will be showcased on Sunday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sierralta, who teaches sculpture, painting and 3-D design at Concordia University, will be creating a mixed media piece using steel rods, stucco lath and mud. He’s excited about the opportunity the Studio event gives the general public to view the inner-workings of artists, process, techniques, material manipulation and methodology.
“Often people tend to think that art is carelessly made, or doesn’t take much effort, so this is a great opportunity to see the artist engaged and fully engrossed in the process of making art,” Sierralta said.