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 Arts Fest frontpage

Book Arts Fest frontpage

LOVE LOCAL: MCBA’s annual Book Arts Festival and Holiday Sale!

Saturday, November 22; 10am to 5pm
at The Shop at MCBA and throughout Open Book
 

2014 marks the thirteenth big year of this exciting annual event, offering the most unique holiday shopping in town! This year’s theme, Love Local, celebrates the rich craft traditions of the Twin Cities and broadens the offerings to include artists working in other mediums. Browse hundreds of unique handmade gifts, and find the perfect item for everyone on your list
 

View our Book Arts Festival page for more details.

Winter Book 2014 frontpage

Winter Book 2014 frontpage

MCBA is proud to announce the 2014 Winter Book, The War Between the Water and the Road by National Book Award-winning Minnesota author William Alexander.
 

Join us on Saturday, December 13 for a celebratory reading and reception at Open Book. Reading at 6:30pm, reception and signing to follow; free and open to the public.
 

The twenty-fourth in MCBA’s perennial Winter Book series celebrating the handmade book, The War Between the Water and the Road is a modern parable regarding justice through the eyes of a young boy, full of cautionary tales, humor and elements of fantasy. For more information, visit our Winter Book page.

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

On display through November 30, 2014

Open Book Cowles Literary Commons and Lobby
 

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…