Book Arts Fellowships

Get inspired! Scroll down to view selected works by past MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellows.


Suitcase Farming: Travels in Three Volumes
Jennifer Amie and Jeffrey Morrison

The suitcase and travel guide format for this bookwork relates to suitcase farmers of the 1930s; itinerant businessmen whose practices were precursory to modern agribusiness.


Types of Insects
Bill Moran

A 19th-century insect guide forms the basis for this fictional recreation. The book shows the effects of mutation and evolution on its contents if left unopened for 100 years.


Bus Parts
Susannah Bielak

Reflecting on the communal and sensory experience of mass-transit ridership, Bus Parts is comprised of 4 components, including Passage, a large-scale installation book with “pages” made up of 4 bus doors.


The Handbook of Practical Geographies
Heather O’Hara

The Handbook of Practical Geographies engages curious viewers with timely lessons in political and cultural understanding. Designed to make learning easy in these confusing times, the bookwork frames each lesson around a quote from a well-loved 1960s geography textbook.


Leaving Santa Lucia
Laura Migliorino

Leaving Santa Lucia explores the story of the artist’s grandparents’ arranged marriage and immigration to the United States from Italy. Images were layered using Photoshop, juxtaposing old and new photographs, postcards, letters, and immigration documents.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of Series XII of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships:

Visual artist and writer Georgia A. Greeley
Book artist, designer and shoe maker Amara Hark-Weber
Mixed media artist Lisa Loudon and sculptor Alonso Sierralta
Tattoo artist, illustrator, and printmaker Amoreena Tarvas

Jurors for Fellowship Series XII were Kathy Heuer, Rachel Melis and Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling. These three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and considerable expertise, reviewed 28 applications and selected the recipients. With generous funding from the Jerome Foundation and technical guidance from MCBA, the Fellowship recipients will develop their independent projects throughout the coming year. The program will culminate in a group exhibition opening September 30, 2014.

For recipient and juror bios, visit the Fellowship Series XII exhibition page.

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About the MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships

The book arts are a dynamic discipline within the larger landscape of contemporary art. At Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the definition of book arts is broad and inclusive. Though book arts often require binding, printing and/or papermaking to come to fruition, contemporary book artists use these traditional practices and others in surprising and exciting new ways. The creative evolution of book arts is limitless.

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Book arts projects funded by the eleven previous series range from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes and sculptural books to documented performances and one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.

Awards and Eligibility

The fellowship program is open to artists of all disciplines interested in exploring the book form. Each applicant may submit a project proposal not to exceed $5,000. Funds may be applied to materials and supplies necessary for completion of the project, studio rental costs, and fees to collaborating artists and writers.

Fellowship recipients will receive project funding, studio and equipment use, artistic support from MCBA staff and artists, as well as a one-year MCBA membership. Recipients have one year to complete the proposed work, which will be exhibited at MCBA in the fall of 2014. Recipients will also give public presentations relating to their work.

Applications must be submitted by an emerging artist or team thereof. An “emerging” artist is generally defined as an artist who shows significant potential, yet has not achieved a commensurate amount of professional recognition regardless of age or recognition in other fields. MCBA and the Jerome Foundation reserve the right to review and determine any applicant’s status as emerging or established.

Minnesota residency must be maintained during the entire program. In addition, applicants must have continuously resided in Minnesota for the last 12 months or longer.

You are NOT eligible to apply for this fellowship if you are:

  • a student pursuing a degree, full-time or part-time.
  • an MCBA artist-in-residence or staff member.
  • a Book Arts Fellowship recipient from the immediate previous series.
  • a two-time prior Book Arts Fellowship recipient.
  • an established artist in any field or discipline.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of jurors representing the broad conceptual range of the art form. Jurors are not identified until after fellowship recipients are announced.

Submission guidelines and additional info will be posted in Summer 2015. If you have any questions about the fellowships or the application process, please contact us at