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’s 30th Anniversary Gala

MCBA’s 30th Anniversary Gala

MCBA’s 30th Anniversary Gala

and The MCBA Prize 2015 award ceremony

Saturday, July 25, 2015; 7-10pm

2015 marks not only the fourth convening of Book Art Biennial, but MCBA’s 30th Anniversary as well! Celebrate this milestone in style at the Anniversary Gala.

Begin the evening at 7:00pm in MCBA’s gallery and studios. Enjoy a variety of wines, summery cocktails and other refreshments; hors d’oeuvres and savory bites with a farm-to-table flair; and live music while you mingle with artists and special guests.

The award ceremony convenes at 8:30pm, emceed by Minnesota Public Radio arts host Marianne Combs. Marvel at the five finalist works and witness the announcement of the winner, followed by a champagne toast, artisan coffees, and decadent desserts.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available; the VIP package includes a pre-reception (6:30-7:30pm) with a craft beer and artisan spirits tasting, and a meet-and-greet of finalists and honorees.

Purchase your tickets online at the Book Art Biennial page, or by calling The Shop at MCBA at 612-215-2520.

Book Art Biennial 2015 frontpage

Book Art Biennial 2015 frontpage

Book Art Biennial 2015

July 23-26, 2015

Through workshops, lectures, panel conversations, exhibitions, and a gala celebration and awards ceremony, Book Art Biennial invites artists, educators, curators and scholars to explore current trends in contemporary artists’ books. Learn more at our Biennial page.

New this year is a free citywide Book Arts Art Crawl in celebration of MCBA’s 30th Anniversary; participating venues include MCBA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), the Walker Art Center Library, and Form+Content Gallery.

Symposium registration is now open — grab your spot while you can! Symposium registration includes admission to the daytime presentations, performances, and panel discussions; workshop registration and Gala tickets are sold separately.

Exhibitions Opening Soon frontpage

Exhibitions Opening Soon frontpage

Exhibitions currently on view:

The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book

MCBA Star Tribune Foundation Gallery

At the most fundamental level, a book is a contained narrative. This exhibition brings definition to the artist’s book by focusing on such varied practices as “Bound and Unbound,” “The Virtual Book,” “Book as Environment” and more.

Reader’s Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected

Open Book Cowles Literary Commons

36 artists respond to the notion of “containment,” using found or custom-made containers to support narrative and content.

Both exhibitions are on display through July 26, 2015. Join us for a closing reception on Friday, July 24 as part of downtown Minneapolis’ first ever Book Arts Art Crawl!

For more information, visit our Current Exhibitions page.