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 goes On The Road

MCBA goes On The Road

MCBA hits the road this summer to bring book arts across Minnesota — register today!
St. Cloud: September 20-21
Mankato: September 27 and October 4
Grand Marais: October 18-19
 

Working in partnership with local arts organizations throughout the state, MCBA On The Road shares the creativity and versatility of book arts with communities across Minnesota. Join us for this series of engaging hands-on classes designed for adults at all skill levels, and take your finished projects home with you to inspire future projects! Classes are only $20, and all supplies and materials are included.
 

View our On The Road page for class descriptions, sample photos, and details on how to register.

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Mentorships — applications due September 1!

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Mentorships — applications due September 1!

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Mentorships

Applications accepted through Monday, September 1
 

The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline — visual arts, literary arts, music, film, dance, theatre and others. Recipients receive a year-long immersion in the book arts, opportunities to work with a mentor master artist, $2,000 to produce new work, and recognition in a culminating exhibition.
 

Learn more about eligibility and the application guidelines on our Mentorships page.

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

September 26 – November 30, 2014

Open Book Cowles Literary Commons
Opening reception
Tuesday, September 30; 6-9pm
 

Since 1985 the Jerome Foundation has helped MCBA help artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts, by supporting the creation of new book works. This exhibition marks the culmination of the twelfth series of MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships, through which Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines — printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, essayists and others — have created projects that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content. Read more…