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.

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Winter Book 2015 frontpage

Winter Book 2015 frontpage

MCBA’s twenty-fifth Winter Book

From the Center: On Community and the Process of Making

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Free and open to the public

Publication Reception; 6:00pm

Peruse the book, meet the artists and production team, and enjoy tea and light refreshments.

Reading by several contributors; 7:00pm

Enjoy readings from several Winter Book contributors on what it means to work in a community.

Book signing and desserts to follow

In celebration of MCBA’s thirtieth anniversary, our twenty-fifth Winter Book features writing by members of MCBA’s artist community for the first time in its history. In a collection of short essays and poems, contributors reflect on what it means to work in a community and practice book arts processes such as binding, letterpress printing, and papermaking. .

AF 15 frontpage

AF 15 frontpage

With you at the center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts has reached new heights during our 30th anniversary year. It is a pleasure to share the good work that continues at MCBA.


As we reflect back on our accomplishments, take special note: you are in the numbers! By taking a class, attending an exhibition opening, becoming a member, and more, you have kept MCBA strong and thriving.


Visit our donate page for a special view of what your support has made possible!

Exhibitions frontpage

Exhibitions frontpage

In MCBA’s Main Gallery:

MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series V

On display through February 19, 2016

The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline. This exhibition represents the culmination of a year-long mentorship and study of new artistic disciplines and one-on-one work with master artist mentors.


In the Cowles Literary Commons:

Exceptional: Handmade Paper Beyond Substrate

On display through February 7, 2016

Paper is often thought of as just the material art is created on. “Exceptional” explores handmade paper itself as a powerful messaging device.