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.
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Current and upcoming events at MCBA:


MCBA’s Summer Camp season is here!

MCBA’s Summer Camp season is here!

MCBA’s Summer Camp season has begun!

MCBA is proud to offer a variety of engaging summer daycamp opportunities for youth, in partnership with other Twin Cities arts and cultural organizations. These unique partnerships give your child the opportunity to expand their creativity and explore many different art forms hands-on, from papermaking, printing and bookbinding to music, theatre, dance, creative writing, clay, textiles, video, baking, and much more! Check out the complete schedule…

MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash

MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash

Get hip to MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash!

Saturday, July 19; 7-10pm

Take a trip to the tropics for a cool, casual party with a nod to the summer patio get-togethers of yesteryear — MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash is a benefit with a luau twist!

MCBA’s studios will transform into a tropical hideaway complete with sunsets and grass huts, where you can groove to live music, enjoy pu pu platter delicacies, umbrella-adorned cocktails and delectable wines, and mix and mingle with artists and art lovers while you do some shopping at the Art Mart, featuring donated work by local, national and international artists. Read more…

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

MCBA / Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships Series XII

September 26 – November 30, 2014

Open Book Cowles Literary Commons
Opening reception
Tuesday, September 30; 6-9pm

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…