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A respected and dedicated champion of the field, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind. We celebrate the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. Our mission is clear: to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.

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2016 Minnesota Book Artist Award frontpage

2016 Minnesota Book Artist Award frontpage

2016 Minnesota Book Artist Award Reception

Works by Wendy Fernstrum


Friday, February 19, 2016

Free and open to the public

This annual award, presented by Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) and the Minnesota Book Awards, and sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group, recognizes a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for excellence of a new artistic work, demonstrated proficiency and quality in the book arts through their body of work, as well as an ongoing commitment and significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community. This years recipient is Wendy Fernstrum for her new piece entitled One Is the Holiest Number (#2) — a meditation on the paradox of one: how each of us as an individual is distinctly one, yet simultaneously part of a unified whole, as one.

AF 15 frontpage

AF 15 frontpage

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Exhibitions frontpage

Exhibitions frontpage

In MCBA’s Main Gallery:

MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series V

On display through February 19, 2016

The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline. This exhibition represents the culmination of a year-long mentorship and study of new artistic disciplines and one-on-one work with master artist mentors.


In the MCBA Bindery:

Light Sensitive: Photogravure Books and Prints

On display through May 1, 2016

Light Sensitive is a exhibition featuring new work from local artists Claudia Danielson, Marvel Gregoire, Carol Inderieden and Paulette Meyers-Rich.