Book Art Biennial




Book Art Biennial 2015
Save the Date: July 25-26, 2015

2015 marks not only the next convening of Book Art Biennial, but MCBA’s 30th Anniversary as well. Celebrate this milestone by joining us for this very special series of events.

Through workshops, lectures, panel conversations, screenings, exhibitions and a gala celebration and awards ceremony, MCBA’s Book Art Biennial invites artists, educators, curators and scholars to explore current issues in contemporary artists’ books.

The centerpiece of Book Art Biennial is the awarding of The MCBA Prize, a unique international award that showcases and honors the best artists’ books in the world. The Prize winner will be announced at the 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration on the evening of Saturday, July 25. Submission guidelines for The MCBA Prize 2015 will be released in early 2015; to receive notification when the submission period opens, please email


Book Art Biennial 2013

Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, 2013

Book Art Biennial 2013 explored in depth the common threads between book art and film. Historically as well as in contemporary practice, artists blur and perforate the boundaries between these two disciplines, both of which are time-based and grounded in sequential visual communication. From examinations of contemporary innovations in visual narrative to the influence of classic filmmaking on mid-century book design, the Book Art Biennial 2013 Symposium continues a tradition of stimulating critical thinking and dialogue.

Sandra Kroupa, “The Genuine Article: Reading Artists’ Books”
Buzz Spector, “Matter of Time: Duration, Reading, and the Book Object”
Sarah Bodman, “Appropriation and Creation: Artists’ Books and Extant Narrative”
Jeff Rathermel, “Director’s Cut: Manipulating the Viewer/Reader”

Panel discussions:
“For Your Consideration” with curator Eric Crosby, artists Will Dinski and Barbara Tetenbaum, and historian and curator Dr. Betty Bright
“Teaching the Book Arts” moderated by Jeff Rathermel

Performances and Screenings:
Render, Render, Thomas Lux and Angella Kassube
Old Time Film, Barbara Tetenbaum and Marilyn Zornado
Conduct of Life, John Akre

At the centerpiece of Book Art Biennial 2013 were three dynamic coordinated exhibitions, which exemplified the wonderfully diverse world of book arts. Directed: The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative illustrated the Biennial’s main theme through static, kinetic and performative works that defy categorization. The Literary Commons hosted Flip-Off, a competition and exhibition of contemporary flip books — perhaps the ultimate manifestation of sequential narrative in book arts. Last but certainly not least, the work of the 2013 MCBA Prize winner and finalists were showcased.

Book Art Biennial and MCBA Prize 2013 sponsors:
Rob Rulon-Miller, Rulon-Miller Books
Pamela Johnson
Diane Katsiaficas and Norman Gilbertson
James P. and Susan Lenfestey
Cathy Ryan and Doris Engibous
Joseph G. Sitter