Letters That Link Us

Day 1: Wednesday, April 10; 9am–6pm
University of Minnesota
Day 2: Thursday, April 11; 9am–6pm
Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to be a co-host of this 2-day symposium featuring a curated slate of presentations, artist panels, and workshops led by esteemed historians, bibliographers, archivists, librarians, typographers, designers, printers, and book artists of all kinds. Participants will engage in collaborative learning, shared visual and performing arts experiences, and hands-on Hebrew printing opportunities.

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Artist Panel: Shift-lab

with Katie Baldwin, Denise Bookwalter, Sarah Bryant, Macy Chadwick, and Tricia Treacy
Thursday, February 29; 6–7:15pm CT

Shift-lab is Katie Baldwin, Denise Bookwalter, Sarah Bryant, Macy Chadwick, and Tricia Treacy. This collective of five women artists—working across the United States—has produced print and book-based projects for more than a decade. Since 2013, Shift-lab has cultivated a collaborative practice through writing, curating, and making print- and book-based projects. In this virtual artist panel, learn more about Shift-lab’s collaborative process and the interdisciplinary work that seeks to find the intersections among language, sequence, structure, and narrative.
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Hilke Kurzke: Others

MCBA Outlook Gallery
October 7, 2023–January 27, 2024
Free and open to the public


Others is a book art installation consisting of seven paper mâché heads. Each of the heads are a case for the scroll that spills out of the head’s mouth. 

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New Editions 2023

October 27–28, 2023
Main Gallery at MCBA

New Editions is a biennial pop-up showcase and sale of new artists’ prints and publications in the Main Gallery at MCBA. Kicking off with a ticketed preview party on Friday night,  the sale continues on Saturday, featuring artists’ books, photo books, chapbooks, zines, broadsides, and hand-printed work by artists from around the country. Continue reading “New Editions 2023”

New Arrivals: MCBA’s Artist Collective

August 5–September 25, 2023
Minneapolis Central Library, Cargill Gallery
Reception: Thursday, August 10, 5–7:30pm

New Arrivals features recent work by the Artist Collective at MCBA, consisting of established and emerging local artists working within the breadth of book arts, a group of art forms that range from traditional skills such as papermaking, letterpress printing, and bookbinding, to new methods of artmaking inspired by the form and function of books.

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Exhibition Reception: Craft & Conceptual Art

MCBA Main Gallery
Friday, September 22, 6–8pm
Free and open to the public

Join us for a reception celebrating Craft & Conceptual Art: Reshaping the Legacy of Artists’ Books, a traveling exhibition of book art from the 1960s to the 1990s. The curator, Megan N. Liberty, Art Books editor at the Brooklyn Rail and co-founder of Book Art Review, will be visiting from New York. Local artists Harriet Bart and Philip Gallo will also be in attendance. 

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Paper Is People: Decolonizing Global Paper Cultures

MCBA Main Gallery
April 14 – August 12, 2023
Reception: Thursday, June 22, 7–9pm
Free and open to the public

Paper Is People: Decolonizing Global Paper Cultures, co-curated by Tia Blassingame and Stephanie Sauer, offers a new definition of paper­ within a global and decolonial framework. Featuring works by local, national, and international artists, this exhibition explores the vital role substrates play in human communities and how meaning is made from what we might call paper and papermaking.

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