Call for Chronicled in Clay: Ceramics and the Art of the Story Submissions

June 15, 2018

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) seeks art for inclusion in Chronicled in Clay: Ceramics and the Art of the Story, a juried exhibition that examines how contemporary artists express narratives in clay through text, imagery, multiples, and sequence. Chronicled in Clay is presented in conjunction with Claytopia, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ (NCECA) 53rd Annual Conference, which explores “the human imagination as a vehicle of restless yearning for a more livable, just, and meaningful world.” Storytelling through visual art develops understanding, sensitivity, and empathy — qualities that contribute to more compassionate and just communities. Chronicled in Clay speaks to Claytopia’s restless yearning by placing artist and viewer in a dialogue that reimagines how we listen, grow, and learn from each other. In bringing together ceramics and contemporary book arts, this exhibition will provoke new perspectives and challenge existing traditions. Continue reading “Call for Chronicled in Clay: Ceramics and the Art of the Story Submissions”

Redpath and Company Donates Computers to MCBA

May 23, 2018

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is excited to announce that Twin Cities-based CPA firm Redpath and Company, Ltd. (Redpath) has donated new computers to its administrative offices. Redpath Managing Partner Mark Gibbs and Not-For-Profit Team Leader Cathy Lydon personally brought the computers to MCBA. Both organizations expressed the positive impact this donation will have on their individual missions. Continue reading “Redpath and Company Donates Computers to MCBA”

Guild of Book Workers Formation Exhibition Begins Two Year National Tour at MCBA

May 1, 2018

Formation: A Juried Exhibition of the Guild of Book Workers, featuring 51 works from 46 Guild members, is set to begin its U.S. tour at Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) this June. The jury-selected artists were asked to consider how the act of formation, defined by Merriam-Webster as “an act of giving form or shape to something,” informs their artistic process. The resulting exhibition both honors the Guild’s legacy and celebrates contemporary forms of book art. Works presented in the exhibition include artist’s books, fine bindings, fine press printing, calligraphy, and sculptural books. Formation will run from June 15-October 21 in MCBA’s main gallery, with an opening reception on June 22 from 6-8 pm. Continue reading “Guild of Book Workers Formation Exhibition Begins Two Year National Tour at MCBA”

Minnesota Center for Book Arts to open new exhibition with the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

March 8, 2018

Manuscripts Meet the World: Handwritten Books from Around the World is the culmination of a months-long partnership between Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML). This exhibition—which complements HMML’s ongoing lecture series at MCBA exploring the history of the book—showcases manuscript samples from HMML’s extensive collections. The manuscripts in the exhibition hail from around the globe and throughout history, but their purpose is the same: to highlight the universality of handwriting as an inextricable part of human life and creativity. The manuscripts on display will include codices, scrolls, and other book styles from European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and African cultures.
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Minnesota Center for Book Arts opening new exhibition focused on fly-fishing and bookbinding

February 21, 2018

The Bibliophile as Bookbinder:  The Angling Bindings of S.A. Neff, Jr., a new exhibit exploring one man’s passion for the natural world and the world of books, will open with a reception on Friday, February 23 from 6-9pm at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.  The show will continue for two months, and a comprehensive retrospective catalogue and forty-seven minute documentary will accompany the exhibition.
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Erica Spitzer Rasmussen Wins the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award

December 21, 2017

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announces Erica Spitzer Rasmussen as the winner of the 2018 Minnesota Book Artist Award for her work entitled The Love Affair. Sponsored by Lerner Publishing Group, this annual award is presented as part of the Minnesota Book Awards with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), and recognizes a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for excellence of a new artistic work. Winners also show demonstrated proficiency and quality in the book arts through three pieces of supporting previous work, as well as an ongoing commitment and significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community.
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Announcing the departure of long-time Executive Director, Jeff Rathermel

June 16, 2017

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) Board of Directors announces the departure of Jeff Rathermel, long-time Executive Director. Jeff will be assuming the role of Director and Curator of Carleton College’s Perlman Teaching Museum in Northfield, MN on July 1.
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