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

Entry is now open for The MCBA Prize 2015 competition!

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

Lineamientos en español:

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

Closing soon:
· InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books

· Greg Campbell Fine Binding

On display through March 28

· Plainly Spoken: Guild of Book Workers Midwest Chapter

On display through April 26

Opening soon:
· The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book
· Readers Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected

Opening reception Friday, May 8; 6-9pm

For more information, visit our Upcoming Exhibitions page.