About the MCBA Artist Co-op
The MCBA Artist Cooperative is a welcoming community of artists dedicated to the book arts. Co-op membership is open to artists with demonstrated interest in papermaking, binding, letterpress, relief printmaking and/or screenprinting; membership offers extended access to a wide range of equipment in MCBA’s studios. The Co-op is a great environment in which to receive feedback on work in progress, get help troubleshooting a project, spark new collaborations and enjoy fellowship. Co-op members can also take part in exhibition opportunities, skill-sharing workshops, class tuition discounts and more.
Co-op member benefits:
- 24-hour access to the MCBA printing, binding and papermaking studios
- 70/30 consignment split on work for sale in The Shop (typical split is 60/40)
- 50% discount on MCBA class tuition (subject to class enrollment)
- On-site secure artist storage
- Preferred press access on Open Studio nights
- Exhibition opportunities
- Study, teaching, and mentor opportunities
- Participation in an active community of working artists
- Opportunities to participate in MCBA special events
Co-op membership dues are $165/month, with a minimum six month commitment. Volunteer opportunities are available to reduce dues to as low as $110 per month. A limited number of short-term memberships (three to five month commitment) may be available, based on studio capacity. Short-term membership dues are $195 per month. Short-term membership dues may not be reduced by volunteering.
For more details about applying to the MCBA Artist Co-op, see the application material links at the left.
Meet the MCBA Artist Co-op members:
Laura Andrews is a painter who lives and works in Minneapolis. She currently teaches painting and drawing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, as well as at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN. She received her M.F.A. from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work deals with landscape and the relationship between people and the natural world.
To learn more about Laura’s work, visit her website.
To learn more about Nate’s work, visit his website.
To learn more about Wendy’s work, visit her website.
To learn more about TJ’s work, visit her website.
Georgia A. Greeley
To learn more about Georgia’s work, visit her website.
“I have been a member of the MCBA Coop since January, 2011, where I enjoy the community of artists, their support and the sharing of ideas. I am a retired teacher. When not working on my own projects, I volunteer as a tour guide at the Walker Art Center and at MCBA. I live with my family in South Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“When I consider the book, I think about process, materials, images and ideas contained in a small package to be shared with and enjoyed by others. Whether concrete or abstract, the entire process is personal and very tangible, putting me in touch with others both past and present, here and no longer. I am the author, the artist, as well as the printer and the binder. I take great pleasure in seeing my books emerge complete from conception. A gift, the book can please in many ways, offer ideas for discussion and possibly bring about change. It keeps us in touch with others and so becomes critical to community and traditions, communication and connections, critical components in our culture today. For me, bookmaking is a delight, one hundred percent.”
To learn more about Marvel’s work, visit her profile page on MNartists.org.
To learn more about Lilla’s work, visit her website.
To learn more about Frances’s work, visit her profile page on MNartists.org.
To learn more about Regula’s work, visit her website.
“My work is about the threads that connect us: connections to the land, to our past, and to each other. In divided times these are fibers that link us together. As we struggle with why our neighbor voted this way, why someone we love is hated, we remember that we all want the same outcome; prosperity, happiness, success, longevity. Not just for individuals but our communities, our county, our world.
“I am a printmaker and book artist. I create small edition books and one of a kind works of art, combining text, imagery, and nontraditional housing. Everything is comfortable to the hand, a pleasure to the eye and a sense of heart for the soul. In making artist books, I am able to use the intimacy, flexibility, the movement thru time, and inter-activeness of the book structure.
“A book held in one’s hands creates an intimate bond with the viewer. It allows the content to be integrated with their past and their present, creating that “Ah, hah!” moment, leading to a new understanding, new perception, new experience — creating something that will add to the perception of being connected to those around them.”
To learn more about CB’s work, visit her website.
Jes Lee Shimek
To learn more about Jes’s work, visit her website.
To learn more about Richard’s work, visit his website.
To learn more about Annie’s work, visit her website.