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:


Exhibitions frontpage

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.

AF 15 frontpage

AF 15 frontpage

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Multiplicity frontpage

Multiplicity frontpage

In the Cowles Literary Commons:


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


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.