This is book art.

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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MCBA Prize winner frontpage

MCBA Prize winner frontpage

Congratulations to the winner of The MCBA Prize 2015:

Ken Botnick, “Diderot Project”

“I believe we make books in order to discover our subjects,” Botnick remarks in his artist statement for the winning work. “Diderot Project” was inspired by a five-year-long investigation of the “Encyclopédie ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers” — a 150-page visual and textual narrative; a meditation on the nature of craft, the hand, work, tools, machines, dreams, the senses and the imagination. The book is letterpress printed in five colors and incorporates six different papers, including handmade and watermarked paper made by Botnick at Dieu Donne paper studio in New York.

View the book and learn more at The MCBA Prize website.

Exhibitions frontpage

Exhibitions frontpage

Opening soon:
 Parts of a Whole 3: New Work from MCBA’s Artist Community

August 14 – October 25, 2015

Opening reception Friday, August 14; 6-9pm

MCBA is proud to present Parts of a Whole 3, an exhibition of new work by over 70 members of our artist community — faculty, Artist Co-op members, recent artists-in-residence, fellowship and mentorship recipients, Book Arts Certificate graduates, staff, and board members, among others — curated by the MCBA Artist Co-op. Through artists’ books, broadsides, prints, installation work, and other bookish artistic endeavours, this vibrant and eclectic group of artists demonstrates a breadth of innovative approaches, creative skills, and diversity of styles.

For more information, visit our Exhibitions page.