Book Arts Mentorships


Get inspired! View a selection of projects by past Book Arts Mentorship recipients:


Amanda Lovelee (Series III recipient)
Call & Answer


Presley Martin (Series IV recipient)
Three Trees That Chose Me


Cecilia Ramón (Series I recipient)
Tango (detail)


Ben Lansky (Series III recipient)
Metro Transit Portraits (detail)


Lisa Loudon (Series IV recipient)
Transmogrification (detail)

About the Book Arts Mentorship

The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline. There are many reasons to explore book arts as a new artistic medium. As a highly malleable and versatile form of expression, book arts extend the possibilities of other art forms. You can create a conceptual space. Experiment with sequence and visual or verbal narrative. Use book art forms to extend, explore, document or reexamine work produced in other artistic disciplines.

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 thirteen series of Fellowships and four prior series of Mentorships 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.

Applications are now being accepted for the sixth series of the Book Arts Mentorship program. Application deadline: September 1, 2016.


Artists considering applying for a Book Arts Mentorship are invited to one of several public information sessions to ask questions about the application process and learn about the resources and equipment available at MCBA. Meetings will take place in MCBA’s studios, located in the Open Book building.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016; 7:00pm
Information session #1

Thursday, July 28, 2016; 6:00pm
Information session #2

Tuesday, August 2, 2016; 12:00pm
Information session #3

Thursday, September 1, 2016; 11:59pm
All application materials must be submitted
through MCBA’s online application portal by 11:59pm Thursday evening, September 1. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Friday, October 7, 2016
Announcement of mentorship recipients

Tuesday, October 18, 2016; 6:00pm
Mentorship program commences with initial meeting and orientation at MCBA’s studios (mandatory for all recipients).

November 2017
Group exhibition opens

Awards and Eligibility

Artists in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Literary arts (poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative nonfiction)
  • Visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, new media)
  • Music (composing)
  • Film / video (filmmakers, animation)
  • Theater (playwriting)
  • Dance (choreography)

Only originating artists in these disciplines are eligible for Jerome support; musicians, actors, directors, dancers, screenwriters and other such categories are not eligible.

Three jurors will review all applications and select six mentorship recipients. Artists selected for the Book Arts Mentorship will receive:

  • $2,000 for the purchase of materials and to supplement other project costs (subject to state and federal income tax guidelines)
  • Three months of basic book arts training at MCBA
  • Free tuition to participate in up to three workshops offered by MCBA through its regular adult education schedule (artist pays applicable supply/material fees)
  • The ability to meet regularly with a mentor and attend master classes that provide contextual and historical foundations for book arts
  • One year free membership to MCBA
  • Recognition through a culminating exhibition in MCBA’s main gallery
  • Studio and equipment use

Applications must be submitted by emerging artists. An “emerging artist” is generally defined as an artist who shows significant potential, yet has not received 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 status as “emerging” or “established”.

Applicants must reside in Minnesota and must have held legal residency in Minnesota for the preceding year.

An artist is not eligible to apply for the Book Arts Mentorship if they are:

  • a student, full-time or part-time
  • a current MCBA artist-in-residence or staff member
  • an artist who already uses book arts as a primary form of creative expression
  • an artist who is already well-established in their field of work
  • a prior recipient of any MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship or Fellowship

Online Application Portal

An asterisk indicates a required field.


First name *

Last name / surname *

Mailing address *

City *

State *

ZIP Code *

Email address *

Telephone number *

Where did you hear about the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship? *


You may upload up to six (6) samples of your work. Each file must be 1MB or smaller.
- Digital images: files must be JPG format, 72dpi, no larger than 1500 pixels in height or width. Please name your files "image1.jpg", "image2.jpg", and so on.
- Literary work: maximum of 10 pages total. Accepted file types: PDF or Word (.doc, .docx).
- Audio or video work: do not upload audio or video files. Instead, upload your files to an online host (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.) and submit the link(s) via the text box below. Note: do not send us the embed code, only the URL link(s).


See the guidelines above for descriptions of each component.
Files must be 1MB or smaller. Accepted file types: PDF, Word (.doc, .docx).

Letter of intent, one page max *

Artist resume or CV, three pages max *

Work sample list, one page max *


If you have any technical issues with the submission process, please contact us at; include “Mentorship application” in the subject of your email.

If you have any questions about the Book Arts Mentorship program or the application process that this webpage does not answer, please contact Artist and Adult Programs Director Anna Bredeson by phone at 612-215-2526 or by email at

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MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorships Series V

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

Graphic designer Brandon Alvarado
Photographer and printmaker Claudia Danielson
Filmmaker and photographer Sam Hoolihan
Puppetry artist Olli Johnson
Printmaker Amira F. Pualwan
Origami artist and painter Ioana Stoian

Three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and considerable expertise, reviewed 69 applications to make the final selection of six recipients. Jurors included: Scott K. Murphy, photographer, papermaker and associate professor of art at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University; Andy Sturdevant, artist, writer and arts administrator; and Marcus Young, behavioral artist and Artist-in-Residence of the City of St. Paul.

Mentorship recipients embarked on a year-long study of new artistic disciplines and one-on-one work with master artist mentors to develop their individual projects, culminating in an exhibition in MCBA’s main gallery in November 2015. Artist mentors for Series V are: papermaker Mary Hark; letterpress printer and book artist Monica Edwards Larson; and printmaker and book artist Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling.

View a sampling of images from this exhibition. Refresh the page for another sampling, or visit MCBA on Flickr to view the full album.