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 Bash Frontpage

2016 Bash Frontpage

Join us for this year’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash!

Saturday, July 23; 7-10pm

MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash is a benefit with a backyard barbeque twist!

Groove to live music, enjoy summer grilling staples, craft beer and cocktails, and mix and mingle with artists and art lovers.

Shop the Art Mart, featuring donated work by local, national, and international artists, a “Cover-up” gallery of altered books, and other print treasures.

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River frontpage

In the Main Gallery:

The River: Memory and Metaphor on the Mississippi

On display through July 10, 2016

The River displays a diversity of techniques, methods and approaches as they pertain to book, paper and print, and demonstrates the variety of ways the Mississippi has influenced and guided artists in their creative practice.

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Upcoming exhibitions frontpage

Upcoming exhibitions:


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.


It’s Alive!

On display August 5, 2016 – October 31, 2016


It’s Alive will demonstrate a variety of approaches that book, paper and print artists employ to express “horror.” The theme is deliberately broad with the intention to present a range of works: from those inspired by campy B movies, to works addressing contemporary paranormal activity, urban myths and psychological fe