Celebrating the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships Series

October 11, 2018

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XIV. On view from November 3rd, 2018 – January 27th, 2019 in MCBA’s Main Gallery, this exhibition features exciting new work from this year’s MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship recipients: printmaker and book artist Cathy Ryan; artist Ioana Stoian; paper maker and social practice artist Peng Wu; and installation artist Jammo Xu. The opening reception for MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XIV will take place on Friday, November 9 from 6-8pm. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Continue reading “Celebrating the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships Series”

New Exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts Explores the Storytelling Power of Quilts

September 17, 2018

Quilt, Not Quilt: The Afterlife is a new exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), on view from October 12th ­­­- December 2nd in the Open Book Cowles Literary Commons. This exhibition features art that repurposes old, tattered quilts into new forms while still preserving the quilts’ heritage, craftsmanship, and legacy. The opening reception for Quilt, Not Quilt will take place on Wednesday, October 17 from 6-8pm. The reception includes an artist talk and poetry reading from 7-8pm in the Target Performance Hall on the second floor of Open Book, as well as a meet and greet with the artists and poets. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Continue reading “New Exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts Explores the Storytelling Power of Quilts”

Exhibition inspired by Sigmund Freud to open at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

June 20, 2018

Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book, a new exhibition featuring book works inspired by the psychoanalytical concepts of Sigmund Freud, will travel to Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) from July 20-September 30, 2018. Freud on the Couch features works by nearly 30 international artists that either directly or indirectly draw from Freudian concepts, theories, and themes. This provocative exhibition asks viewers to find parallels between the ways that visual art and psychoanalysis act as frameworks for the collective unconscious. MCBA will host an opening reception on Thursday, July 26 from 6-8 pm in the Open Book Cowles Literary Commons. Continue reading “Exhibition inspired by Sigmund Freud to open at Minnesota Center for Book Arts”

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 (and a brief artist talk at 7). 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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