Artist Collective Application

Thank you for your interest in the MCBA Artist Collective!

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applicants must read and agree to the Artist Collective Membership Agreement when applying.

Applications are accepted online, using the form below. If you experience technical difficulties, please contact us at or 612-215-2520.

Required application materials:

  • A letter of intent that includes a brief personal introduction, a description of your experience in book arts, and how being an Artist Collective member at MCBA will benefit your artistic development (no more than one page)
  • A current resume or CV with book arts experience (no more than two pages)
  • An artist statement articulating past themes in your work, creative methods, and directions for future work (no more than one page)
  • Up to 10 digital images of past work; images should be JPG format, 72dpi, no larger than 1500 pixels in height or width, max 1 MB each
  • An image list, including titles, dimensions, mediums and dates

An asterisk indicates a required field.


First name *

Last name / surname *

Mailing address *

City *

State *


Email address *

Telephone number *

Website link

Where did you hear about MCBA's Artist Collective? *


You may upload up to ten (10) samples of your work.
Images should be JPG format, 72dpi, no larger than 1500 pixels in height or width.
Each file must be under 1MB in size.
Please name your files in this format: lastname_firstname_image01.jpg

If desired, video or audio files may be substituted in place of images.
DO NOT SEND AUDIO OR VIDEO FILES; instead, upload your files to an online host (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.) and submit the link via the text box below. (Note: do not send us the embed code, only the link URL.)

A maximum of ten (10) work samples may be submitted, regardless of if they are image files, audio/video links, or a combination of both.


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 *
Includes personal letter of introduction, what you hope to make, your experience in book art, and why you want to be a MCBA Artist Collective member

Artist resume or CV, including book art experience *

Artist statement (optional)

Image List *


Select the studios and equipment you would like to use as an Artist Collective member, and indicate your level of experience in that area. This helps us to see where your skills lie and anticipate in what areas you need guidance. (If you do not plan to use a certain type of equipment or studio, you can skip the level of experience menu.)

Vandercook press

Other printing presses

Papermaking studio

Bindery and associated equipment

Polymer plate maker

Other equipment or studio needs

I have read and agreed to the Artist Collective Membership Agreement.


When you click “Submit your application,” a spinning circle will appear; this indicates that your materials are being uploaded. If the circle spins for longer than a few minutes, this may mean there was a technical issue with your application. The most common error is that your image files are too large. Please confirm that your files are all under 1MB each, and if necessary, resize your files and try again.

If you have continued technical issues with the submission process, please contact us at; include “Artist Collective Application” in the subject of your email.

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, please contact Torey Erin at; include “Artist Collective application” in the subject of your email.