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.
The MCBA Prize
The MCBA Prize is the first honor to celebrate the diversity of book art and recognize work from across the field and around the world. A jury of three distinguished leaders in the field will review all submissions and choose five finalists. These five works will be on display at MCBA during the Biennial. From these works, the jury will select the recipient of the 2017 MCBA Prize. Integrity and the unity of form, materials, and content will determine the winner. Over $9,000 will be awarded. For more information please visit mcbaprize.org.
Four unique workshops will be offered prior to the Book Art Biennial:
- Alternative Printmaking with Rubber Stamps
- Papermaking in the Islamic World
- Innovative Books from Head to Tail: Ideas – Content – Making
- Approachable Metalworking for Book Artists
Each is designed to inspire participants and demonstrate the intersection of historical craft with contemporary content. Participants of all skill levels are welcome!
Tuition for each is $250 ($225 for MCBA members) plus a $55 supply fee. Follow the links above or call 612 215 2520 to register.
An unprecedented number of exhibitions provide an exciting backdrop for the 2017 Book Art Biennial. Join us for a free, public reception for these exhibitions on Friday, July 21, 6-9pm! Visit our Facebook event to RSVP.
- Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.’s democratic and collaborative project, Open Book Takeover, features 5,000 community-made prints that cover the 55,000 square foot Open Book Building.
- An interactive zine reading lounge, Free for All is in MCBA’s Main Gallery, organized by Twin Cities Zine Fest.
- Guest curator Heid E. Erdrich has gathered Native American voices in the exhibition (About that) Water is Life in MCBA’s Main Gallery.
- Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift, a juried exhibition of artists’ books exploring the politics of control and alternative methods of public discourse, is on view in Open Book’s Cowles Literary Commons.
- End of Times 2, a portfolio of broadsides by 41 letterpress printers organized by Mary Bruno, is on view in the Lerner Bindery Gallery.
- Stamp of Disapproval showcases counter-culture work from MCBA’s S. Helmes and W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive.
- Meander, new work by environmental artist Alyssa Baguss, is on view in the Outlook Gallery.
Become a Sponsor
Sponsorships have now closed. For information on sponsoring other MCBA programs or events, please contact Amanda Kaler, at email@example.com / 612-215-2531.
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