Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Shana Agid is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design in New York, where he teaches artists' books, service design, and collaborative design. During her Spring 2012 residency at MCBA, Shana used the Vandercook SP-25 to print Call a Wrecking Ball to Make a Window, a map-fold book with original text that explores routes taken and spaces made by queer people in New York City from the 1970s through the 2000s.
Amanda Nelsen is a Massachusetts-based artist and teacher who works primarily with the book form. During her Spring 2010 residence at MCBA, Amanda created an editioned pocket-sized artist's book exploring our notions of "fine print" using paper made from pulped fine print inserts of credit card offer junk mail.
Javier Corral (A-I-R Summer 2007) is an accomplished multi-media and graffiti artist who developed his skills in the book arts through MCBA's By Design Teen Artists program.
Chandler O'Leary is a book artist, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and the 2005 Minnesota Book Award winner for fine press. During her three-month residency at MCBA, Chandler printed and bound editions of The Faery Gardener, a tale of modern witchcraft set in a Maine community garden; an overview of pagan spirituality (complete with gardening tips) conveyed through a story of growing kinship with a secret admirer.
Frances Gordon traveled from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to work in the printing studios at MCBA in the winter of 2007.
MCBA's Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is designed to support selected artists by providing financial and community resources, space, and access to equipment to assist in the creation and promotion of their work. Residencies may be from two weeks to three months in duration. Participation in the program is based on the artistic merit of proposed projects as well as the degree to which artists further MCBA's artistic mission: to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form. MCBA envisions a world where book art is created, cultivated, celebrated and understood as a vital and lasting expression of culture. While integrating the elements of papermaking, bookbinding, printing, typography and graphic design, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of the book format.
MCBA typically offers residencies in the Spring (January–April) and Summer (May–August) of each calendar year. Duration of a residency can be from 2 weeks to 3 months and is at the discretion of the artist, but should be based on the scope of their proposal. Applications are now being accepted for three residency periods:
Summer 2014 application deadline: April 15, 2014
Spring 2015 application deadline: November 1, 2014
MCBA houses well-equipped letterpress, binding and papermaking studios. The print studio features nine Vandercook proof presses, two iron hand presses, six platen presses, two etching presses and a sign press. The print studio also has a well-stocked composing room with wood and metal type, a variety of press bases and a photopolymer platemaker. The bindery is outfitted with a variety of cutting equipment and houses a drill press, nipping presses, finishing presses and sewing frames. Two papermaking studios provide space for wet work and include vats, felts, hydraulic presses, and drying systems. Three paper beaters are available for preparing fiber along with basic equipment for Western- and Eastern-style sheet formation. MCBA also has equipment for traditional marbling, hot stamping, leather tooling, wood engraving, screen printing, and alternative photographic techniques. The Shop, MCBA’s retail outlet, also offers a variety of supplies for printmaking, papermaking, and binding.
Selection Process and Criteria
Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by MCBA staff and panelists from the book arts community. A variety of factors will be used to assess residency candidates. Basic criteria are listed below. These elements should be clearly articulated in the candidate's letter of intent, project description, artist statement and resume. They should also be supported by work submitted for visual review.
For further information about Artist Residency opportunities at MCBA, contact Sara R. Parr, MCBA Artist and Adult Programs Director, at 612-215-2526 or email@example.com.
To learn more about Minnesota Center for Book Arts, visit us in person at Open Book in downtown Minneapolis, call us at 612-215-2520, or visit us online at mnbookarts.org.
Melissa Wagner-Lawler (Summer 2012) used handset type and photopolymer plates to create her artist's book Everything You Hear. By printing, overprinting, and using subtleties in ink, she created a visceral, delicate surface on the page enticing the viewer to decipher the message. The prints were then bound using a drum leaf structure and cased into a hard cover.
During his Fall 2009 residency, artist Cole Hoyer-Winfield produced a visual narrative made of dozens of hand-carved woodblock prints, based on the problematic and intriguing history of the Minneapolis mill district.
Dennis Ichiyama, Professor of Art and Design at Purdue University, worked in the printing studio at MCBA. During a two-week residency in the summer of 2006, he used MCBA's large collection of wood type to produce a series of prints. Dennis has been the recipient of NEH, NEA and two Indiana Arts Council Artists grants. In addition, he recently won a Rome Prize, sponsored by the American Academy in Rome, which awarded him a one-year residency.
During his residency at MCBA, Asheville, North Carolina book artist Andy Farkas cut the woodblocks for the illustrations and printed and bound the pages for a book he wrote titled hmmm.... Andy's story is about a bear that tries to become a tree.
In 2006 Paula McCartney used MCBA's photopolymer platemaker, the bindery equipment and the letterpresses to create a series of artists' books that combine photography and letterpress printing. Paula is the recipient of a Women's Studio Workshop Artist's Book Production Grant, a McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship for Photographers, and an Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer's Fellowship Grant.
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