From Start to Here: 25 Years of Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Wilber H. "Chip" Schilling
Robyn Stoller Awend
Diane von Arx
Artists were selected to represent long-standing relationships with MCBA throughout its existence, including former and current staff, artist cooperative members, instructors, artists-in-residence and community collaborators -- a number of whom have been active at MCBA since its very beginning. The portfolio will also include an MCBA history chapbook, with essays written by Dr. Betty Bright and Jeff Rathermel, respectively MCBA’s first and current artistic directors. Select materials generously donated through Wet Paint by Canson and Graphic Products, and by Campbell-Logan Bindery, Minneapolis.
Produced in an extremely limited edition, only 25 copies of the commemorative print portfolio will be available for purchase. Pre-publication price is $625 (orders before July 25, 2010); publication price is $750. Pre-publication reservations are accepted, but must be paid in full by July 25. To receive a copy of the prospectus or to reserve your copy of the portfolio, email Jeff Rathermel. To pay for your pre-publication copy online, visit the MCBA page on GiveMN and enter the cost ($625) into the "Other" field, then enter your credit card information and complete the transaction.
A HUGE Thank You to everyone who helped us celebrate our 25th Anniversary!
MCBA 25th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit Art Mart
Thank you to the Anniversary Celebration's generous sponsors:
Target presents A Day To Discover:
Special thanks to the sponsor of MCBA's A Day To Discover community open house:
Since the day Target opened its doors in 1962, the company has dedicated five percent of its income to partnering with organizations to make positive changes in the community through education, the arts and safe families and communities. Today that translates to over $3 million every week. A mainstay of Target’s community commitment is the support of visual art, music, dance, independent film and design programs. The arts have the power to bring communities together and help people see the world from different perspectives, and Target is committed to making arts and cultural experiences more affordable and accessible for families and children. For more information on Target’s community involvement, visit Target.com/community.
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About Minnesota Center for Book Arts
As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to non-traditional artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA is the place to feed your curiosity, stretch your creativity and get your hands dirty.
In 1983, a group of book arts practitioners and enthusiasts in the Twin Cities began plans to create an institution, a true book arts center, where artists could create, students could build skills, fine art could be exhibited, and a generally under-acknowledged artistic discipline could be elevated into the public eye and take its proper place in the Minnesota arts community. Two years later, in 1985, this dedicated group opened the doors of the brand new Minnesota Center for Book Arts. MCBA's first public home was in the McKesson Building, on North Third Street in the not-yet-gentrified Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis.
The organization thrived in that space, but after fifteen years, it was clear that they had outgrown their home. In the spring of 2000, after more than two years of research and planning, Minnesota Center for Book Arts joined with The Loft Literary Center and Milkweed Editions to become a founding tenant of Open Book, the first comprehensive literary and book arts facility in the nation. The renovated and reinvigorated century-old building was the first cultural landmark of the Minneapolis downtown riverfront, which is now also home to the Guthrie Theatre, Mill City Museum and MacPhail Center for Music. Open Book creates a lively destination for a diverse public interested in books, book arts and literary endeavors of all kinds.
MCBA serves upwards of 30,000 K-12 students each year, working with groups in our studios as well as in school classrooms across the state. MCBA is also home to a vibrant adult artist community, from college students to retired lifelong learners and everyone in between, at every skill level. Our world-class artistic and community programs include: critically acclaimed exhibitions that are always free to the public; year-round free public programming on engaging topics in the arts and beyond; top-notch artmaking workshops for families; and a dedication to the support of working artists that is simply unmatched in the community. MCBA reaches over 70,000 patrons every year, giving people at every age and every walk of life the opportunity to explore and expand their understanding of contemporary art and book arts.
Our space is easy to get to, but difficult to leave! Explore our antique printing presses up close. Surround yourself with hundreds of drawers of wood and metal type in every size, shape and style imaginable. Learn how artists make paper by hand. Get inspired by the spirit of curiosity and creativity that radiates from a community of working artists. And don’t miss The Shop at MCBA for a truly unique selection of artworks, broadsides, artist’s books, screenprinted posters, letterpress cards and gifts, miniatures, jewelry, art supplies and so much more.
To learn more about current offerings at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, visit our website at www.mnbookarts.org.
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