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.

Please note that MCBA will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

Current and upcoming events at MCBA:


2017 Book Art Biennal

2017 Book Art Biennal

The 2017 Book Art Biennial, Shout Out: Community Intervention, Independent Publishing, and Alternative Distribution, features programming that encourages people of all disciplines and skill levels to amplify individual and collective voice through grassroots artistic practice. The centerpiece of the Book Art Biennial is the presentation of the MCBA Prize, a unique award that showcases and honors the best artists’ books in the world. The winner will be announced at a gala and awards ceremony the evening of Saturday, July 22. Learn more at our Biennial page.

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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.


Make a donation today and support creative opportunities and inspiration for everyone. Thank you!

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Current exhibitions:


Asemic Writing: Offline & In the Gallery

On display March 10, 2017 – May 28, 2017


Asemic writing is a wordless semantic form that often has the appearance of abstract calligraphy. It allows writers to present visual narratives that move beyond language and are open to interpretation, relying on the viewer for context and meaning.


Take Words with You: In Our Home and In Our Ways

On display March 30, 2017 – May 28, 2017


An exhibition featuring calligraphy, papercutting and scribe work by three local text-based artists. Planned in association with Sabes Jewish Community Center.