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 Prize Frontpage

MCBA Prize Frontpage

Entry is now open for The MCBA Prize 2015 competition!

Visit our website to read more about the awards, this year’s jurors, the submission guidelines and more at

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Established in 2009, the MCBA Prize is the first honor to recognize book art from across the field and around the world. The deadline for entries is April 30, 2015.

To view the gallery of amazing submissions to The MCBA Prize 2013 competition (winner Clifton Meador pictured above), visit

The Shop holiday shopping frontpage

The Shop holiday shopping frontpage

Stop in for our big New Year’s sale! All Christmas and holiday merchandise is 50% off!

Welcome to our new Shop! The Shop at MCBA has relocated to just inside the entrance of Open Book, and our new larger space offers you an even broader selection of wonderful artwork, gifts and art supplies.

Browse the region’s largest selection of unique artist’s books, prints, broadsides, boxes and journals hand-crafted by local, national and international artists. And right now, enjoy huge discounts on our enormous variety of holiday cards, decorative paper and accessories!

Give an experience — treat someone to a class this year! Or give a gift membership, the gift that keeps on giving with 10% discounts all year long. The Shop at MCBA is open seven days a week for your convenience.

Visit our Shop page for more details, or to purchase a gift certificate online.

InsideOUT frontpage

InsideOUT frontpage

InsideOUT: Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books

Greg Campbell Fine Binding

Plainly Spoken: Guild of Book Workers Midwest Chapter

MCBA kicks off its yearlong 30th Anniversary celebration with three concurrent exhibitions that celebrate the art of book binding, featuring nearly a hundred unique works of contemporary fine binding by over 70 artists from the U.S., Canada and Europe.

For more information, visit our Current Exhibitions page.