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:


2017 Book Art Biennal

2017 Book Art Biennal

The 2017 Book Art Biennial, Shout Out: Community Intervention, Independent Publishing, and Alternative Distribution, features programming that encourages people of all disciplines and skill levels to amplify individual and collective voice through grassroots artistic practice. The centerpiece of the Book Art Biennial is the presentation of the MCBA Prize, a unique award that showcases and honors the best artists’ books in the world. The winner will be announced at a gala and awards ceremony the evening of Saturday, July 22. Learn more at our Biennial page.

MCBA Prize Frontpage

MCBA Prize Frontpage

Submit your work for the 2017 MCBA Prize competition!

Visit our website to read more about the awards, this year’s jurors, the submission guidelines and more at

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 May 5, 2017.

To view the gallery of amazing submissions to The MCBA Prize 2015 competition, visit

Current exhibitions frontpage

Current exhibitions frontpage

Upcoming exhibitions:


Asemic Writing: Offline & In the Gallery

On display March 10, 2017 – May 28, 2017


Asemic writing is a wordless semantic form that often has the appearance of abstract calligraphy. It allows writers to present visual narratives that move beyond language and are open to interpretation, relying on the viewer for context and meaning.


Take Words with You: In Our Home and In Our Ways

On display March 30, 2017 – May 28, 2017


An exhibition featuring calligraphy, papercutting and scribe work by three local text-based artists. Planned in association with Sabes Jewish Community Center.