Book Art Biennial 2017





The 2017 Book Art Biennial — Shout Out: Community Intervention, Independent Publishing, and Alternative Distribution — features programming that encourages people of all disciplines and skill levels to amplify individual and collective voice through grassroots artistic practice.

The centerpiece of the Book Art Biennial is the presentation of the MCBA Prize, a unique award that showcases and honors the best artists’ books in the world. The winner will be announced at a gala and awards ceremony the evening of Saturday, July 22.

MCBA Prize Gala

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The MCBA Prize

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is proud to announce the winner of the 2017 MCBA Prize, The Book of Disquiet by London-based book artist Tim Hopkins!

The MCBA Prize is the first honor to celebrate the diversity of book art and recognize work from across the field and around the world. A jury of three distinguished leaders in the field reviewed all submissions and chose five finalists. These five works were on display at MCBA during the Biennial. From these works, the jury selected the recipient of the 2017 MCBA Prize. Integrity and the unity of form, materials, and content determined the winner. Over $9,000 was awarded. For more information please visit

Book Art Biennial Symposium

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Pre-Biennial Workshops

Pre-Biennial Workshops

Four unique workshops were offered prior to the Book Art Biennial:

Each was designed to inspire participants and demonstrate the intersection of historical craft with contemporary content.

Registration is now closed.

Exhibitions throughout Open Book!

Seven Exhibitions

An unprecedented number of exhibitions provide an exciting backdrop for the 2017 Book Art Biennial. Join us for a free, public reception for these exhibitions on Friday, July 21, 6-9pm! Visit our Facebook event to RSVP.

  • Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.’s democratic and collaborative project, Open Book Takeover, features 5,000 community-made prints that cover the 55,000 square foot Open Book Building.
  • An interactive zine reading lounge, Free for All is in MCBA’s Main Gallery, organized by Twin Cities Zine Fest.
  • Guest curator Heid E. Erdrich has gathered Native American voices in the exhibition (About that) Water is Life in MCBA’s Main Gallery.
  • Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift, a juried exhibition of artists’ books exploring the politics of control and alternative methods of public discourse, is on view in Open Book’s Cowles Literary Commons.
  • End of Times 2, a portfolio of broadsides by 41 letterpress printers organized by Mary Bruno, is on view in the Lerner Bindery Gallery.
  • Stamp of Disapproval showcases counter-culture work from MCBA’s S. Helmes and W. Gaglione Rubber Stamp Archive.
  • Meander, new work by environmental artist Alyssa Baguss, is on view in the Outlook Gallery.


Become a Sponsor

Sponsorships have now closed. For information on sponsoring other MCBA programs or events, please contact Amanda Kaler, at / 612-215-2531.