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:


Love Local Frontpage

Love Local Frontpage

Join us for Love Local – MCBA’s annual holiday sale!

Saturday, November 19; 10am to 5pm
Free and open to the public

Our theme, Love Local, celebrates the rich craft traditions of the Twin Cities and surrounding areas — we’ve broadened the event to include artists working across the wide spectrum of mediums and artforms. Dozens of local and regional artists will be featured, selling handmade paper, artist’s books, blank journals, prints, posters, calendars, woodcraft, pottery, needlecrafts, and all manner of gift items. Browse hundreds of unique items and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list — heck, go ahead and pick up a little something for yourself, too. You deserve it.

Current exhibitions frontpage

Current exhibitions frontpage

In the Main Gallery:

It’s Alive!

On display August 5, 2016 – October 31, 2016

From works inspired by campy B movies to those addressing contemporary psychological fear, It’s Alive! explores the many approaches that book, paper, and print artists use to express horror.


In the Cowles Literary Commons:

Collected Voices: 30 Years of Quatrefoil Library

On display June 24, 2016 – October 16, 2016


Collected Voices highlights literature and local publications housed at Quatrefoil Library, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the country’s second-largest LGBTQ+ lending library.

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Upcoming exhibitions frontpage

Upcoming exhibitions:


MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowship Series XIII

On display November 8, 2016 – February 19, 2016


Since 1985 the Jerome Foundation has helped artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new book works. Through the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships, Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines — including printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, essayists and others — have created projects ranging from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes to documented performances to one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.