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:


2016 Mentorship Frontpage

2016 Mentorship Frontpage

Applications now being accepted for Book Arts Mentorship program!

Application deadline: September 1, 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. There are many reasons to explore book arts as a new artistic medium. As a highly malleable and versatile form of expression, book arts extend the possibilities of other art forms.

Current exhibitions frontpage

Current exhibitions frontpage

In the Main Gallery:

It’s Alive!

On display August 5, 2016 – October 31, 2016

From works inspired by campy B movies to those addressing contemporary psychological fear, It’s Alive! explores the many approaches that book, paper, and print artists use to express horror.


In the Cowles Literary Commons:

Collected Voices: 30 Years of Quatrefoil Library

On display June 24, 2016 – October 16, 2016


Collected Voices highlights literature and local publications housed at Quatrefoil Library, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the country’s second-largest LGBTQ+ lending library.

Fine Wine Fine Books frontpage

Fine Wine Fine Books frontpage

Save the Date: Fine Wine Fine Books


Friday, October 7, 2016; 6pm to 9pm

Free and open to the public

Our eleventh annual Evening of Fine Wine and Fine Books will be dedicated to fostering the collection of artist’s books. In one evening, guests will 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. The event offers something for everyone, from the most seasoned collector to the newest enthusiast, with items at a wide variety of prices.