Book Arts Roundtables and public programming

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Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a hub of creativity where interesting, passionate, and knowledgeable people like you learn, share ideas, and get inspired.

Join the conversation by attending our fun, interactive Book Arts Roundtables in MCBA’s lively studios. Roundtables and other public programming are always free.

 


 

Warren Lehrer: A Life in Books (at U of M)

Warren Lehrer: A Life in Books

Thursday, April 2; 7pm

MCBA is pleased to join with the University of Minnesota Graphic Design program to welcome artist, designer and writer Warren Lehrer for a free public lecture and accompanying workshops.

The event is free and open to the public; please RSVP at the University of Minnesota event page.

Warren Lehrer is a writer and artist/designer known internationally as a pioneer in the fields of visual literature and design authorship. His work explores the vagaries and luminescence of character, the relationships between social structures and the individual, and the pathos and absurdity of life.

Lehrer is a professor at the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, SUNY, and a founding faculty member of the Designer As Author graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He has an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He has received many awards for his books and projects, as well as grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council and Foundation for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and others. His work has been exhibited widely and is in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art, L.A. County Art Museum, The Getty Museum, Georges Pompidou Centre, and Tate Gallery.

Presented by the University of Minnesota Graphic Design Program in partnership with Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Additional support from the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 2, 2015

Open Book Open House

Open Book building-wide Open House

Thursday, April 9; 7-9pm

MCBA and our Open Book partners welcome the AWP national conference to Minneapolis. All in our community are welcome to enjoy demonstrations by master book artists, tours of our renowned studios, refreshments and more.
This event is free and open to the public.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 9, 2015

"Composing, Crossing, Creating" Small Press publication reading

Composing, Crossing, Creating: Small Press Publications, Broadside Launch, and Readings

Friday, April 10; 6-9pm

In celebration of the 2015 AWP Conference, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is proud to join Columbia College Chicago’s Center for Book and Paper Arts and Department of Creative Writing, DoubleCross Press, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Belladonna*, to present a launch party and reading celebrating new publications from these vibrant small presses. The launch and reading will include new books from DoubleCross Press (Krystal Languell & Robert Alan Wendeborn, Ian Dreiblatt, Gracie Leavitt), Ugly Duckling Presse/Epicenter (Matvei Yankelevich), and Belladonna* (Tonya Foster), as well as a series of new CBPA broadsides (Matthew Shenoda, Lisa Fishman, Joshua Young, Justin Limoli).

Join us for readings, free broadsides, a letterpress printing demonstration, and tours of MCBA's facilities. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event's Facebook page.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 10, 2015

"Once Upon a Time" All-Ages Open House

“Once Upon a Time” All-Ages Open House

Saturday, April 11; 10am-5pm

Enjoy hands-on artmaking activities and create your own fairy tale or mythological adventure! Explore pressure printing on our Vandercook printing presses, make your own pop-out books, and more.
This event is free and open to the public, designed to be fun for all ages!

Price: Free Event

Date: April 11, 2015

Book Arts Roundtable with artist-in-residence Susan Lowdermilk

Book Arts Roundtable with artist-in-residence Susan Lowdermilk

Tuesday, April 14; 6pm

Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker, based in Eugene, Oregon. Her work includes woodcut, wood engraving and etching, and she teaches courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design at Lane Community College in Eugene. Lowdermilk holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon and her work is in many public collections including the University of Oregon Special Collections, the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. Lowdermilk will be working in MCBA's studio in April and May 2015, completing a pop-up LED book of Emily Dickinson poetry.

Join us for this Roundtable to meet the artist and learn more about her exciting and innovative work! This event is free and open to the public.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 14, 2015

This is Book Art: Roundtable with artist Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling

This is Book Art: Roundtable with artist Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling

Friday, April 24; 7pm

Visit our "This is Book Art" page to learn more about Chip's Roundtable presentation, as well as his weekend workshop, "Objectifying the Book Object" taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 25–26.

 

Price: Free Event

Date: April 24, 2015

Book Arts Roundtable: reading and type-melting with artist Jimmy Riordan

Book Arts Roundtable with artist Jimmy Riordan

Tuesday, May 12; 6pm

Join Alaska-based multidisciplinary artist Jimmy Riordan and learn about his multifaceted project, Le Roman du Lièvre.

In 2008, Riordan translated the French poet Francis Jammes’ turn-of-the-century novel Le Roman du Lièvre. At the time Jimmy did not know French. This summer, after five years working around the text through a series of collaborative projects, he has printed his translation. At this Roundtable, Riordan will read from Le Roman du Lièvre, annotating the text with insights about translation, the letterpress printing of the book, and accounts of his history with the text, which he is currently exploring through the creation of a multi-volume graphic novel. The reading will begin with the sorting of lead type used in the process and conclude with the ceremonial melting of the type, resulting in a unique form.
Riordan joins us at MCBA as part of a tour across the U.S., including stops at Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo, Sarah Lawrence College, and several other venues. This event is free and open to the public.

Price: Free Event

Date: May 12, 2015

This is Book Art: Roundtable with artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

This is Book Art: Roundtable with artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Friday, May 15; 7pm

Visit our "This is Book Art" page to learn more about Erica's Roundtable presentation, as well as her weekend workshop, "Handmade Paper in Three Dimensions" taking place over two Saturdays: May 16 and 23.

 

 

Price: Free Event

Date: May 15, 2015

This is Book Art: Roundtable with artist Regula Russelle

This is Book Art: Roundtable with artist Regula Russelle

Friday, June 12; 7pm

Visit our "This is Book Art" page to learn more about Regula's Roundtable presentation, as well as her weekend workshop, "Message and Medium: Connected Content through the Book Arts" taking place Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14.

 

Price: Free Event

Date: June 12, 2015