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.

MCBA and The Shop will be closed Monday, January 16th in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen Tuesday with our normal hours.

Current and upcoming events at MCBA:


Winter Book 2015 frontpage

Winter Book 2015 frontpage

MCBA’s twenty-sixth Winter Book


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Free and open to the public

Reading by Heid E. Erdrich; 7:00pm

Followed by a book signing and public reception with light refreshments in MCBA’s Studios and Gallery.

The twenty-sixth Winter Book features poetry and prose exploring the complex conversations between artists and viewers. every-blest-thing-seeing-eye imagines the varied experiences of viewing artworks in a gallery. Curation is meant to direct viewers, but every viewer comes to each artwork in a physically distinct manner– from myriad intellectual, emotional, and spiritual starting points.

Appeal 2016

Appeal 2016

At MCBA, we celebrate creativity, community, and inclusion.


Your support connects our community of artists, students, and booklovers of all ages with programs that celebrate the art of the book. Your generosity keeps our exhibitions free, our studios world-class, and our doors open to the public seven days a week.


Invest in a future of diverse voices, experiences, and creative discovery. Please consider making a year-end gift by December 31st to provide creative opportunities and inspiration in the coming year. Thank you!

Current exhibitions frontpage

Current exhibitions frontpage

In the Main Gallery:

MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XIII

On display November 8, 2016 – February 19, 2017

Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines — including printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, essayists and others — create 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.


In the Cowles Literary Commons:

Heartland: A Portfolio of Poems and Prints

On display November 1, 2016 – January 8, 2016


Thirty-one award winning American and Canadian poets and printmakers come together to create a unique marriage of words and images.