Panel to Feature McKnight Fellows & National Arts Figures

2022 McKnight Book Artist Fellows will present their work Sunday, May 7 at 11am

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to present our 2022 McKnight Book Artist Fellows, Corinne Teed and CB Sherlock, in a public panel alongside the visiting arts professionals working with them throughout their fellowship year. Corinne, who is a research-based artist working in printmaking, book arts, time-based media, and social practice, will have a conversation with Kari Conte, a curator and writer focused on global contemporary art who has curated more than 40 exhibitions and regularly contributes to books, exhibition, catalogs, and magazines. CB, who is a letterpress printer, book artist, and paper engineer, will discuss her work with Ruth Rogers, Curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College.

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Exhibition Seeks to Decolonize and Redefine Paper

Works from Indigenous & oral cultures debut in Minneapolis April 14–August 12, 2023

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to debut Paper Is People: Decolonizing Global Paper Cultures this April. Curated by Tia Blassingame and Stephanie Sauer, this free exhibition offers a new definition of paper within a global and decolonial framework. Featuring works by local, national, and international artists, the exhibition explores the vital role substrates play in human communities and how meaning is made from paper and papermaking. The exhibition runs April 14–August 12, 2023.

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Visiting Artists

Enrich your creative practice by participating in a visiting artist workshop! Learn new techniques, deepen and expand your skills, and connect with regional and national visiting artists working in the field of book arts. Visiting artists are invited to teach innovative processes and techniques in hands-on workshops that meet participants at a variety of skill levels. Connect with experts in the field and expand your creative knowledge through a visiting artist workshop!

MCBA’s Visiting Artist Program is generously supported by Cathy Ryan & Doris Engibous

Patrick Vincent: The Clouds We Share

MCBA Outlook Gallery
April 22 – July 22, 2023
Reading & Closing Reception: Sat, July 22, 11am–1pm
Free and open to the public


The Clouds We Share is a display of letterpress-printed poems submitted by Minnesota artists. Patrick Vincent organized and printed the poems in wood type using the Goldsmith Type collection at Austin Peay State University.

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Community Paper Stories

with Tia Blassingame and Stephanie Sauer
Saturday, June 24; 10am–4pm CT

In this in-person workshop, create a series of sculptural stories incorporating collage and hand papermaking. During the papermaking process, participants will embed their original stories and poems or compose new collage stories with found texts. The resulting narrative sculptures are fun to read and handle, and easy to display and share. This in-person workshop is perfect for papermaking novices and initiates alike.

Please wear clothing/shoes fit for wet work (e.g. rain boots, clogs, water resistant shoes).  Participants need to return to pick up their paper on Saturday, 7/1 or later in The Shop at MCBA to allow the wet sheets of paper time to dry while pressed flat for a few days.

Please note that papermaking is a wet and physical process that involves repeated lifting and bending. Accommodations can be made for individuals with specific needs (please share these when registering) and we encourage all abilities to participate in ways that feel safe and comfortable.

Some experience helpful but not required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B, C or D

$8/participant; if this presents a barrier, please reach out to to register free of charge

This workshop is being presented as part of Paper Is People, an exhibition co-curated by the teaching artists, Tia Blassingame and Stephanie Sauer, which offers a new definition of paper­ within a global and decolonial framework. The exhibition is on view in MCBA’s Main Gallery April 14 through August 12, with a reception on Thursday, June 22.

Paper Is People is made possible in part with the support of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Craft.

Registration for this workshop has closed.