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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Current and upcoming events at MCBA:


Book Art Biennial 2015 frontpage

Book Art Biennial 2015 frontpage

Book Art Biennial 2015

July 23-26, 2015

2015 marks not only the next convening of Book Art Biennial, but MCBA’s 30th Anniversary as well! Celebrate this milestone by joining us for this very special series of events.

Through workshops, lectures, panel conversations, exhibitions, and a gala celebration and awards ceremony, Book Art Biennial invites artists, educators, curators and scholars to explore current trends in contemporary artists’ books.

Learn more about all the festivities — our Pre-Biennial workshops, downtown Minneapolis Book Arts Art Crawl, Biennial Symposium, and MCBA’s 30th Anniversary Gala — on our Biennial page.

Symposium registration and Gala tickets are now available for purchase online!

MCBA celebrates 30 years with “This is book art” series

MCBA celebrates 30 years with “This is book art” series

MCBA celebrates our 30th Anniversary with an exciting series of free Roundtable artist’s talks and reduced-cost workshops: This is book art!

The series continues with:

Handmade Paper in Three Dimensions

with paper and textile artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Free Artist’s Talk: Friday, May 15; 7pm

Workshop: Two Saturdays, May 16 and 23; 10am–5pm

Message and Medium: Connected Content through the Book Arts

with Regula Russelle of Cedar Fence Press

Free Artist’s Talk: Friday, June 12; 7pm

Workshop: Saturday and Sunday, June 13–14; 10am–5pm

View our This Is Book Art page for more details, including class descriptions and registration info.

Exhibitions Opening Soon frontpage

Exhibitions Opening Soon frontpage

The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book

Opening reception Friday, May 8; 6-9pm

On display through July 26, 2015

At the most fundamental level, a book is a contained narrative. This exhibition brings definition to the artist’s book by focusing on such varied practices as “Bound and Unbound,” “The Virtual Book,” “Book as Environment” and more.

Also opening on May 8:
Reader’s Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected

For more information, visit our Current Exhibitions page.