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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:
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 and the Minnesota Book Awards are proud to announce that the 2015 Minnesota Book Artist Award goes to the collaborative team of Harriet Bart, Jill Jevne and Philip Gallo, for the artist’s book Ghost Maps.
Please join us for a reception and presentation celebrating the work of the winners on Thursday, January 15, from 5:30-7:30pm in Open Book’s Cowles Literary Commons and Target Performance Hall. An exhibition of Bart’s collaborative works with Gallo and Jevne will be on display from December 13 through January 25, 2014.
For more information, visit the exhibition page.
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…