Special Events


Special events and public programming

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 events in MCBA’s lively studios. Unless otherwise noted, events and other public programming are free and open to the public.



Take Words with You Reception

Take Words with You: In Our Home and In Our Ways Reception

Thursday, March 30; 6-9pm

An exhibition featuring calligraphy, papercutting and scribe work by three local text-based artists.

Noam Sienna is a Hebrew calligrapher and manuscript artist who investigates the relationship between letters, image, color and light, inspired by the tradition of Jewish books throughout the centuries. His graduate work in Jewish History and Museum Studies provides his art with deep roots and a commitment to seeing the past come alive again in the present.

Aaron Greenberg Silver’s artwork is typically created by cutting paper, but he has also worked in watercolor, steel, and clay. He invites the viewer to see objects and ideas in new ways, extracting the essence of a scene or object to portray it unencumbered by extraneous material.

Demetrios Vital’s artmaking begins in awe and curiosity of natural history and Jewish community. In search of a connection between letters and life, he creates and restores sacred manuscripts with careful attention to their history and place within their community. His calligraphic art combines Hebrew scribal traditions and text, with modern sources of inspiration.

The Take Words with You exhibition is planned in association with Sabes Jewish Community Center. Visit www.sabesjcc.org for more information on Words@Work and other programming.

Price: Free Event

Date: March 30, 2017

Speak Up: All Ages Open House

Speak Up: All Ages Open House

Saturday, April 15; 10am-4pm

Join us for an all-ages open house! We’ll be offering a variety of creative activities throughout the day that let you make your voice heard — use antique wood type to letterpress print your own poster, or learn how to make zines to fill with things that are important to you. Plus, tour our gallery and studios! Everyone is welcome.

Price: Free Event

Date: April 15, 2017

Shout Out!: Book Art Biennial

Shout Out!: Book Art Biennial

July 20-23

Through workshops, lectures, panel conversations, exhibitions, and a gala celebration and awards ceremony, the Book Art Biennial invites artists, educators, curators and scholars to explore current trends in contemporary artists’ books.

The 2017 Book Art Biennial, Shout Out: Community Intervention, Independent Publication, and Alternative Distribution, will feature classes and programming that facilitate creative engagement within the framework of social change.

Price: Free Event

Date: July 20, 2017

Parts of a Whole Reception

Parts of a Whole Reception

Friday, August 25; 6-9pm

MCBA presents an exhibition of new work by members of our artist community — faculty, co-op members, past artists-in-residence, fellowship and mentorship grant recipients, current and former staff and board members, and others — curated by the MCBA Artist Coop. These talented artists demonstrate their innovative approaches, creative skills and diversity of styles in Parts of a Whole. A variety of artists’ books, broadsides, prints and other bookish artistic endeavours will be on view from this vibrant and eclectic group.

Price: Free Event

Date: August 25, 2017