Join the MCBA Artist Co-op!
Co-op membership applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by current co-op members and MCBA staff. For more information or to apply, download the full membership guidelines and application forms below. If you have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-215-2520.
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
- 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.
Current 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, 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.”
“The content I engage with revolves around women’s identities, women’s work, beauty and mortality. I select women’s abandoned, antique needleworks as the substrate or the content of a book, partly because of my exposure to needlework in my childhood and partly because they are visually rich and rich in meaning. I plumb these needleworks for metaphors, contradictions, erroneous assumptions, and alternative explanations as I develop a theme for a book.Presently I am working with a dozen other artists and poets on the Quilt, Not Quilt project. We are deconstructing 10 tattered quilts. We are making new art from some of the cloth and making paper for new art from the rest of the cloth.”
“Marbling paper is my primary focus as an artisan. I love working with patterns and color and building my technical abilities. Having spent my primary earning career focused on the content of books; this is a major change.
My motivations are to create things that I believe are beautiful, to explore the art form by building both my creative imagination and my technique, and to introduce this art form to more and more people.
I am a product of MCBA’s nurturing. I first saw marbling at an open house and began taking workshops early in the 2000s. Over the years I have benefited from some excellent teaching! For a long time marbling and making things with the papers I produced was just a hobby bounded by work requirements and commitments, my ability to get space for the process, and living generally. Now I’ve entered a new phase of my artisan life and marbling has become a larger part of my life.
As a member of the MCBA artist co-op I am constantly presenting with learning opportunities as well as a support network for new endeavors. I also get access to a place where I can marble away from my two cats, Palmer and Smokey.”
To learn more about Sally’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.
“My work is immersive for all the senses; it’s designed to transport the viewer into stories older
than memory as well as those not yet written. Some of my books may give tangible evidence of
an age of exploration or represent the secrets in an ancient, recently-unearthed tome, while
others are blank with possibility.”
“I am a bookbinder, but I also work with leather, textiles, paper marbling and metals. My work
combines traditional leather binding techniques with hardware into fully-functional works of
art. I choose materials based on their appeal to all the senses, and build books to weather time
and adventure with grace.”
“I’ve encountered diverse mentors across disciplines; all of them are notable for their
commitment to simultaneously pass on what they know and stay receptive to new lessons. It is
in this spirit that I’m honored to do my work in the bindery at MCBA and participate in this
teaching and learning cycle as a co-op member.”
To learn more about Emily’s work, visit her website.
Additional Co-op members: