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:


The Shop spring sale frontpage

The Shop spring sale frontpage

Visit The Shop at MCBA for our biggest Spring sale ever!

Friday and Saturday, March 6-7; 9:30am to 6:30pm

Sunday, March 8; noon to 5pm


The spring sale will feature hundreds of items at 50% off — cards, journals, art supplies, kids’ merch, bags, quirky gift items, and much more.

Remember: MCBA has recently expanded our hours to offer greater access and convenience to shoppers and gallery visitors. Our new hours are listed at the bottom left of the page.

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

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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

InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books

Greg Campbell Fine Binding

Plainly Spoken: Guild of Book Workers Midwest Chapter

MCBA kicks off its yearlong 30th Anniversary celebration with three concurrent exhibitions that celebrate the art of book binding, featuring nearly a hundred unique works of contemporary fine binding by over 70 artists from the U.S., Canada and Europe.

For more information, visit our Current Exhibitions page.