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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.
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:
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 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.
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.