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.

We invite you to experience all that MCBA has to offer.
Explore our artist programs, education offerings, and community programming through the menus above.

Current and upcoming events at MCBA:


The Shop holiday shopping frontpage

The Shop holiday shopping frontpage

Welcome to our new Shop!

The Shop at MCBA has relocated to just inside the entrance of Open Book, and our new larger space offers you an even broader selection of wonderful artwork, gifts and art supplies!

Revel in our enormous variety of holiday cards, decorative paper and wrap, and of course the region’s largest selection of unique artist’s books, prints, broadsides, boxes and journals hand-crafted by local, national and international artists.

Give an experience — treat someone to a class this year! Or give a gift membership, the gift that keeps on giving with 10% discounts all year long. The Shop at MCBA is open seven days a week for your convenience.

Visit our Shop page for more details, or to purchase a gift certificate online.

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InsideOUT frontpage

InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books

Greg Campbell Fine Binding

Plainly Spoken: Guild of Book Workers Midwest Chapter

Three concurrent exhibitions that celebrate the art of book binding, with nearly a hundred unique works of contemporary fine binding.

Friday, January 9
Opening reception and gallery talk with featured artist/publisher Gaylord Schanilec

Friday, February 6
Reception and gallery talk with featured artists Karen Hanmer and Jana Pullman

For more information, visit our Upcoming Exhibitions page.

2015 Minnesota Book Artist Award

2015 Minnesota Book Artist Award

MCBA and the Minnesota Book Awards are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Minnesota Book Artist Award: the collaborative team of Harriet Bart, Jill Jevne and Philip Gallo, for the artist’s book Ghost Maps.

Please join us for a reception and presentation celebrating the work of the winners on Thursday, January 15, from 5:30 to 7:30pm in Open Book’s Cowles Literary Commons and Target Performance Hall. An exhibition of the winners’ collaborative works will be on display from December 13 through January 25, 2014.

For more information, visit the exhibition page.