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.

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 whose primary means of expression is 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 2018. 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 preceding 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 Series XIII (2015-16) recipient.
  • 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.

How to Apply

The application window is now closed.

PLEASE NOTE: Jurors will review applications anonymously; do not include your name or other identifying information on résumé, project description, budget, or work sample image list. Applicants’ names should appear only where required on the online application form and in image filenames.

Online application form:
Complete the online application form by providing your name, contact information and other required details in the appropriate fields. The online application form includes areas to upload the following materials (Word or PDF format):

Project description: two pages maximum, Word or PDF format.

Project budget: one page maximum, Word or PDF format.

Résumé: three pages maximum, Word or PDF format.
Focus on relevant professional, educational and artistic achievements. If applying as a group, submit résumés for all participating artists; combine all résumés into one Word or PDF file and upload the combined file.

Work samples: six samples maximum.
Samples should accurately reflect your current work. Format your files according to the following guidelines:

  • Photos should be submitted in JPG format, 72 dpi with dimensions no larger than 1500 pixels in height or width. Maximum file size 1 MB. Image file names must include the applicant’s last name and viewing sequence number: “doe-1.jpg”, “doe-2.jpg”, and so on
  • Video or audio samples may be submitted. Each sample should be two minutes or less. Do not send us the files; instead, upload files to an online host (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.) and submit links where specified on the online application form.
  • Applicants may combine formats — e.g. four photos and two video links — but are limited to six total samples regardless of format.

Work sample list: one page maximum, Word or PDF format.
The work sample list should include descriptions of the samples you submit (six maximum samples). Number your work sample descriptions to correspond with the work sample file names; for purposes of blind jurying, do not include your name or the file name, use numbers only. For audio or video works, include links in this document as well as where specified on the online application form.


Artists considering applying for a Book Arts Fellowship are invited to one of several public information sessions at MCBA. Ask questions about the application process, see examples of book arts projects, and learn about the resources and equipment available at MCBA.

Monday, August 14, 2017; 12:00pm
Information session #1

Thursday, August 17, 2017; 6:00pm
Information session #2

Tuesday, August 22, 2017; 7:00pm
Information session #3

Monday, September 4, 2017; 11:59pm

All application materials must be submitted through MCBA’s online application portal. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Friday, September 29, 2017
Announcement of fellowship recipients

Tuesday, October 17, 2017; 6:00pm
Fellowship program commences with initial meeting and orientation at MCBA’s studios (mandatory for all recipients)

October through December 2018
Culminating group exhibition

If you have any questions about the Book Arts Fellowship program or the application process that this webpage does not answer, please contact Anna Boyer Bredeson by phone at 612-215-2526 or by email at If your application was submitted successfully, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have not received a confirmation email within one day of submitting your application, please contact Anna Boyer Bredeson and include “Fellowship application” in the subject of your email.

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