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.

The Shop at MCBA will be closed April 28 - May 1 for inventory. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Explore our artist programs, education offerings, and community programming through the menus above.

Current and upcoming events at MCBA:


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Multiplicity frontpage

The New/Old Multiplicity:
Introducing the S. Helmes and W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive

Opening Reception


Friday, April 15; 6-8PM

Free and open to the public

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is proud to announce a world-wide first: the establishment of a working rubber stamp archive.


The New/Old Multiplicity exhibition offers a sneak peek of the archive’s holdings as well as examples of contemporary rubber stamp art work ranging from concrete poetry rooted in Dada traditions to Fluxus-inspired mail art and Asemic compositions.

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Tiny books frontpage

Join our largest community project ever!

For every dollar raised through April 30th, MCBA pledges to make one tiny book. If you and members of our community donate $15,000…
…that’s 15,000 tiny books!

Do you remember the first time you plunged a mould and deckle into cold water and paper pulp? Stepped across stones at the source of the Mississippi? Write down your personal memory of water in the notes section of the Donate page. We will add your memory to our not-so-tiny book installation.

Click here to learn more.

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Exhibitions 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.