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.
MCBA and The Shop will be closed Monday, January 16th in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen Tuesday with our normal hours.
Current and upcoming events at MCBA:
MCBA’s twenty-sixth Winter Book
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Free and open to the public
Reading by Heid E. Erdrich; 7:00pm
Followed by a book signing and public reception with light refreshments in MCBA’s Studios and Gallery.
The twenty-sixth Winter Book features poetry and prose exploring the complex conversations between artists and viewers. every-blest-thing-seeing-eye imagines the varied experiences of viewing artworks in a gallery. Curation is meant to direct viewers, but every viewer comes to each artwork in a physically distinct manner– from myriad intellectual, emotional, and spiritual starting points.
At MCBA, we celebrate creativity, community, and inclusion.
Your support connects our community of artists, students, and booklovers of all ages with programs that celebrate the art of the book. Your generosity keeps our exhibitions free, our studios world-class, and our doors open to the public seven days a week.
Invest in a future of diverse voices, experiences, and creative discovery. Please consider making a year-end gift by December 31st to provide creative opportunities and inspiration in the coming year. Thank you!
In the Main Gallery:
MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XIII
On display November 8, 2016 – February 19, 2017
Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines — including printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, essayists and others — create projects ranging from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes to documented performances to one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.
In the Cowles Literary Commons:
Heartland: A Portfolio of Poems and Prints
On display November 1, 2016 – January 8, 2016
Thirty-one award winning American and Canadian poets and printmakers come together to create a unique marriage of words and images.