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:


MCBA celebrates 30 years with “This is book art” series

MCBA celebrates 30 years with “This is book art” series

MCBA celebrates our 30th Anniversary with an exciting series of free Roundtable artist’s talks and reduced-cost workshops: This is book art!

The series kicked off with two sold-out workshops by master artists Jody Williams and Jana Pullman, and continues with:

Objectifying the Book Object

with Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling of Indulgence Press

Handmade Paper in Three Dimensions

with paper and textile artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Message and Medium: Connected Content through the Book Arts

with Regula Russelle of Cedar Fence Press

View our This Is Book Art page for more details, including class descriptions and registration info.

MCBA Prize Frontpage

MCBA Prize Frontpage

Time is running out to submit your work for the 2015 MCBA Prize competition!

Visit our website to read more about the awards, this year’s jurors, the submission guidelines and more at

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Established in 2009, the MCBA Prize is the first honor to recognize book art from across the field and around the world. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2015.

To view the gallery of amazing submissions to The MCBA Prize 2013 competition (winner Clifton Meador pictured above), visit

InsideOUT frontpage

InsideOUT frontpage

The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book

Opening reception Friday, May 8; 6-9pm

On display through July 26, 2015

At the most fundamental level, a book is a contained narrative. This exhibition brings definition to the artist’s book by focusing on such varied practices as “Bound and Unbound,” “The Virtual Book,” “Book as Environment” and more.

Also opening on May 8:
Reader’s Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected

For more information, visit our Current Exhibitions page.