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.
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Current and upcoming events at MCBA:
Join us for MCBA’s tenth annual
Evening of Fine Wine and Fine Books
Tuesday, October 6, 2015; 6pm to 9pm
Sample a delectable variety of wines and cheeses, and view the latest offerings from outstanding local and international book artists.
Our annual Evening of Fine Wine and Fine Books is dedicated to fostering the collection of artist’s books. In one evening, explore new work from more than 100 artists from around the world, representing the range of contemporary artist’s books from self-published chapbooks to fine press limited editions. This event offers something for everyone, from the most seasoned collector to the newest enthusiast, with items at a wide variety of prices. This event is free and open to the public. For more details, visit the event page.
MCBA is proud to present
Parts of a Whole 3: New Work from MCBA’s Artist Community
On view through October 25, 2015
MCBA is proud to present Parts of a Whole 3, an exhibition of new work by over 70 members of our artist community — faculty, Artist Co-op members, recent artists-in-residence, fellowship and mentorship recipients, Book Arts Certificate graduates, staff, and board members, among others — curated by the MCBA Artist Co-op. Through artists’ books, broadsides, prints, installation work, and other bookish artistic endeavours, this vibrant and eclectic group of artists demonstrates a breadth of innovative approaches, creative skills, and diversity of styles.
For more information, visit the exhibition webpage.
Congratulations to the winner of The MCBA Prize 2015:
Ken Botnick, “Diderot Project”
“I believe we make books in order to discover our subjects,” Botnick remarks in his artist statement for the winning work. “Diderot Project” was inspired by a five-year-long investigation of the “Encyclopédie ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers” — a 150-page visual and textual narrative; a meditation on the nature of craft, the hand, work, tools, machines, dreams, the senses and the imagination. The book is letterpress printed in five colors and incorporates six different papers, including handmade and watermarked paper made by Botnick at Dieu Donne paper studio in New York.
View the book and learn more at The MCBA Prize website.