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2017 MCBA Prize Gala

Gala & Awards Celebration
Saturday, July 22; 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Toast the best new artists’ books in the world at the MCBA Prize Gala on Saturday, July 22 from 7:30-10:30pm.

Join us for an evening of live music, refreshments, and mingling with artists, collectors, and special guests! Attend the evening’s program and witness the live presentation of The MCBA Prize, then celebrate with champagne and a dessert reception.

Get the VIP treatment! VIP ticket holders receive access to an exclusive cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30pm where you can view the MCBA Prize finalists’ works and personally meet the artists.

Additional perk! Each VIP ticket holder will receive a commemorative print created under the direction of printer-in-residence Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

$35 General Admission, $75 VIP

Online registration is now closed but tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Price: $75.00

Date: July 22, 2017

Book Art Biennial Symposium

Book Art Biennial Symposium
Saturday, July 22 - Sunday, July 23

Join us for this special series of talks that explore the broad definition of "book" in contemporary artistic practice.

Saturday, July 22; 8:30am–4:30pm

  • Keynote address by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.;
  • Making Books, presented by Simon Goode, founder and director of the London Centre for Book Arts;
  • The Constellation Metaphor, presented by Karen Kunc, artist, educator, and founder of Constellation Studios;
  • Book Arts in Havana, presented by Steven Daiber, proprietor of Red Trillium Press;
  • We Are What We Do, presented by Angie Butler, letterpress scholar, University of the West of England;
  • Report from the Field: Papermaking as Community Catalyst, presented by Mary Hark, Professor in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison;
  • Medium to Message: Art as Culture-making/Public-making, a panel discussion with artists Sam Gould, Lacey Prpić Hedtke, Regula Russelle, and Elana Schwartzman, and moderated by Monica Edwards Larson.

Sunday, July 23; 10am–noon

We'll conclude the Symposium with Teaching the Book Arts: Making it Matter. In this informal roundtable discussion, facilitated by artist and instructor Rachel Melis, participants will share practical techniques with special emphasis on social engagement, accessibility, and grassroots practice.

Enjoy both days of the Book Art Biennial Symposium for $65. We are also pleased to offer a $30 student rate. Call 612 215 2520 to register, or click the link below.

Online registration is now closed but tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Price: $30.00

Date: July 22, 2017

What a Character (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

What a Character: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 24-28; 9am-12pm
For students ages 9-11

"The writer should know how much change a character has in his pockets." - James Joyce

In this class, the writer will begin in the beginning . . . creating a character. This character will stretch and grow until it steps off the page and into the reader's life . . . and into our class! Students will create the public side [accomplishments, biography, appearance] and the private side [emotions, quirks, fears, strengths] of their new character. This is the human link to the reader! They will flesh out their character by in-class 'flash-writing', sharing work with classmates and short readings by published writers. We will work on the 'telling-detail' and using the important tools - the five senses - will explore the terrain of the character. By the end of the class, the new charismatic characters will be gallivanting around looking for a setting and plot!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 24, 2017

What a Character (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

What a Character: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 24-28; 9am-12pm
For students ages 9-11

"The writer should know how much change a character has in his pockets." - James Joyce

In this class, the writer will begin in the beginning . . . creating a character. This character will stretch and grow until it steps off the page and into the reader's life . . . and into our class! Students will create the public side [accomplishments, biography, appearance] and the private side [emotions, quirks, fears, strengths] of their new character. This is the human link to the reader! They will flesh out their character by in-class 'flash-writing', sharing work with classmates and short readings by published writers. We will work on the 'telling-detail' and using the important tools - the five senses - will explore the terrain of the character. By the end of the class, the new charismatic characters will be gallivanting around looking for a setting and plot!

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 24, 2017

A Day in Your Life (MCBA / Loft combo camp)

A Day in Your Life: An MCBA/Loft Combo Class
Monday-Friday, July 24-28; 1pm-4pm
For students ages 6-8

As a kid, you see the world in a unique way. The things you notice are not what every person notices. The objects, people, and activities that are ordinary *to you* are probably fascinating to someone older, or far away, or a long time from now. In this class, you'll have a chance to make a book of short, vivid pieces that tell the world exactly what *you* notice, sense, and feel in your regular life. We'll learn from some of the great writers of childhood, seeing how Jacqueline Woodson, Kao Kalia Yang, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and others captured "the everyday" of their own childhoods. You'll get to use the same tools these famous writers did to make a series of short pieces that show the world what your life is like, and bind them together in a book that you can give as a gift to a faraway friend or relative, or keep for the future.

$277.50 ($249.75 MCBA or Loft members)
Register online through The Loft Literary Center or call 612-379-8999.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 24, 2017

Introduction to Book Arts- Single Sheet Books for the Classroom

Introduction to Book Arts: Single Sheet Books for the Classroom
Monday, July 24
9am – 12pm
For teachers of grades K-12

Requiring no material preparation- single sheet books are a simple yet powerful way to bring book arts to your classroom.  These books engage K-6 students while they practice fine motor skills, enhance math understanding, and supporting literacy.  High school students can utilize single sheet construction ideas to explore book layout and design concepts that are applicable in zines and self-publishing.  Participants will make several different single sheet book structures that they can immediately apply in their classrooms.

$50, $45 members
$5 Supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 24, 2017

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have

Beyond Perfection: Making Books with What You Have
Monday, July 24
1pm – 4pm
For teachers of grades 6-12

Books come in all shapes, sizes and designs. This is your opportunity to experiment and play as you create a unique a one-of-a-kind book using obsolete material. We will begin with selecting pages from new paper, used paper, envelopes, old calendars, whatever and altering them, considering- color, texture, meaning- function and form. Next, you will create covers from a random assortment of possible materials and binding them together. An array of materials will be available. Feel free to bring materials you would like to work with or to add to the mix. Guaranteed: NO two books will look the same.

$50, $45 members
$5 supply fee

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Price: $45.00

Date: July 24, 2017

Open Studio 7/25/17

Open Studio: Letterpress, Screenprinting, Bookbinding, Papermaking, Paper Beater
Tuesday, July 25; 6-9pm

Letterpress: $35 ($30 members)
Screenprinting: $25 ($20 members)
Binding: $20 ($15 members)
Paper Beater: $20 ($15 members)
Papermaking (B.Y.O. Fibers): $20 ($15 members)

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Price: $20.00

Date: July 25, 2017

Let's Go to the Pet Store!

Let's Go to the Pet Store! with Ellen Ferrari
Tuesday, July 25; 10am-12pm
For families with children ages 2 and up

Celebrate pets with And Here’s to You by David Elliot. Create imaginary pets with shape stamps. Fill a pet store with animal stamps and cookie cutters. Print pet pictures using letters D-O-G, C-A-T, etc. Celebrate running and flying pets with a roller stamp. Celebrate swimming pets by fish printing. Animal crackers for all.

Join Ellen Ferrari for family book arts fun! Each workshop starts off with a story and game to warm up your creativity and then dives into a book arts project. Workshops accommodate a range of developmental levels so that adults and children (or) adult/child teams may choose to work together or side-by-side. Each participant receives supplies to use during the workshop, but may choose to bring one set home if working with his or her partner. Ellen will provide older children with suggestions for extending their learning.

Adult/child pair: $38 ($35 members)
Additional participant (adult or child): $19 ($17.50 members)
Prices include supply fee.

Registration for this class is now closed.

Price: $17.50

Date: July 25, 2017

Books for Biographies

Books for Biographies
Tuesday, July 25
9am - 12pm
For teachers of grades 2-12

Inspire your students with nontraditional books that will showcase their biographical writings.  Participants will make four books particularly well suited to display images, time’s lines and text.  The Portrait Pop-out book shows a pop-out face with pages to support writings, the Full-page Flag book stretches out to create a large picture with lots of room for text, the Four Section Pop-up presents phases of life, and an accordion with a timeline insert  shows a life in context of other events in history.  Four great books to inspire students to show their best.

$50, $45 members
$10 supply fee

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Price: $50.00

Date: July 25, 2017