Download a Justice for George Print

 

We are grieving. As we turn our attention to the urgency of justice for George Floyd, we also turn to print. We think about print’s historic role in protest. The ink and paper won’t bring George back, but the message—which so many share, and so many are amplifying right now—is living. And the collective voice of communities standing up for equity, through words and actions, is the only thing that will prevent another needless tragedy.

These originals were designed by Studio Technician Molly Poganski and printed by hand on a Vandercook 3 with vintage wood type at MCBA.

 

We encourage you to download high-resolution JPGs or PDFs of the Justice for George prints below, print your own copies, and display them in a prominent place.

We also encourage you to consider donating to the following organizations focused on supporting and rebuilding our community:

Black Visions Collective
Midway United Fund
Reclaim the Block
Restore North Minneapolis
Twin Cities Mutual Aid
We Love Lake Street

 

 

 

 


 

 

MCBA Welcomes Las Vegas-based Krystal Ramirez for Artist Talk Highlighting Whose Diversity Exhibition

January 22, 2020

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, February 14 from 6-8pm

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is pleased to announce the opening reception and artist talk by Las Vegas-based artist Krystal Ramirez, co-sponsored by the Latin Economic Development Center. Ramirez works across media, utilizing photography, found materials, and found text to engage in motifs of race, gender, and physical and emotional labor within the framework of her Latinidad. Continue reading “MCBA Welcomes Las Vegas-based Krystal Ramirez for Artist Talk Highlighting Whose Diversity Exhibition”

Visual Meets Verbal: The MCBA Prize, An International Artist’s Book Award, Garners Submissions From Across the Globe

January 15, 2020

The 2020 award will culminate in an exhibition and coincide with Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ 35th anniversary.

Established in 2009, the biennial MCBA Prize is the first award to recognize excellence in new work from across the eclectic spectrum of book art. The 2020 prize coincides with MCBA’s 35th anniversary—and will draw submissions from across the globe. The submission window is open February 1-March 31, 2020. Continue reading “Visual Meets Verbal: The MCBA Prize, An International Artist’s Book Award, Garners Submissions From Across the Globe”

Minnesota Center for Book Arts and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library present the Minnesota Book Artist Award Winners

December 16, 2019

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has named a collaborative group as the winner of the 2020 Minnesota Book Artist Award for their collective efforts on the new artist’s book My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story. This annual award is presented as part of the Minnesota Book Awards with Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA), and recognizes a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for excellence in new artistic work. Continue reading “Minnesota Center for Book Arts and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library present the Minnesota Book Artist Award Winners”

Minnesota Center for Book Arts announces recipients of MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships

October 11, 2019

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is pleased to announce the recipients of our fifteenth series of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowships:

  • Austin Nash, printmaking
  • Shun Jie Yong, photography
  • Collaborative team Sarah Evensonand Jade Herrick, illustration and printmaking

Three jurors, reflecting diverse perspectives and expertise, reviewed the 29 applications received to select the winning fellows.
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Minnesota Center for Book Arts presents the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series VII Exhibition

November 1, 2019 – January 27, 2020; Opening reception Thursday, November 7, 6-9pm

October 7, 2019

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series VII.  The exhibition will be on view from November 1, 2019 to January 27, 2020 in MCBA’s Main Gallery, featuring exciting new work from this year’s MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship recipients: inter/anti-disciplinary artist Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra; artist Daniel McCarthy Clifford; poet and sound artist Chaun Webster. The opening reception is free and open to the public on Thursday, November 7 from 6 to 9pm with artists’ remarks at 7pm.

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New Editions Celebrates More Than 50 Local & International Book Artists

Minnesota Center for Book Arts hosts two-day showcase of all-new book art, including a public sale and book arts-themed Story Slam

September 26, 2019

As a hub for artists of all kinds—bookbinders, papermakers, letterpress printers, and more—Minnesota Center for Book Arts has devoted two days solely to the celebration of new book art created within the last year. The event kicks off on Friday, October 18, 7-10pm with a ticketed preview party, followed by a juried public sale on Saturday, October 19, 10am-3pm.

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Minnesota Center for Book Arts Launches McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists

Two exceptional artists in the field of book arts will receive fellowships of $25,000 each

August 26, 2019

For the first time, two fellowships—which include an award of $25,000 each, as well as professional development experiences, opportunities to participate in national conferences, and public discussions with visiting critics and curators—will be available in 2020 to book artists living in the state of Minnesota.

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Minnesota Center for Book Arts presents “Mimic: Modern Marbled Objects”

July 26, 2019

On view August 9 – October 13, 2019
Public reception and visiting artist talk: October 3, 2019, 6-8 pm
MCBA Main Gallery

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) presents Mimic: Modern Marbled Objects, an exhibition that examines the history and craft of marbling, from book arts origins to present day sculpture, fine art, and other decorative objects. This exhibition was co-curated by Torey Erin (MCBA Exhibitions and Artist Programs Manager) and Heather RJ Fletcher (visual artist and innovator of HRJ DesignStudio). Connecting the local community to national masters of the form, MCBA’s marbled-themed exhibition and educational programs engage, inspire, and focus attention on contemporary applications of this vibrant traditional craft.

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Interview with Kelly Taylor Mitchell

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) was pleased to welcome Kelly Taylor Mitchell to our Artist-in-Residence program in summer 2018.

For her residency, Kelly researched Minnesota’s “Pilgrims,” a group of formerly enslaved Civil War soldiers and their families who fled the south for Minnesota. Mitchell created a limited varied edition suite of three artist books as well as an in-response open edition of zines and poetry chapbooks which worked to historicize the present by sharing oral histories and decentering narratives of colonization. Mitchell’s project explored how the stories of the Minnesota “Pilgrims” contextualize place-making in Minnesota for new and diverse populations, and inform a collective history of community building, confronting obstacles, and reciprocity in the state.

Kelly Taylor Mitchell is an installation, book, and print artist currently based in Rhode Island. Mitchell’s work recontextualizes oral histories in order to navigate the intertwined decolonial landscape of “Black” trauma and “Black” joy. Concepts of land tenure, territorial claims, community autonomy, inherited identity, and maronage act as an anchor in a cobbling of identity. Mitchell holds a BFA in printmaking from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and in May will receive an MFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design.

MCBA Presents “Playing With Words”

April 30, 2019

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) presents Playing With Words, an exhibition in collaboration with the Loft Literary Center’s first annual Wordplay, Minnesota’s largest celebration of readers, writers and great books. MCBA has commissioned 14 letterpress printers from around the country to create an edition of broadsides featuring selections of text by writers Jericho Brown, Anders Carlson-Wee, Tina Chang, Franny Choi, Mark Conway, Ross Gay, Dobby Gibson, Mary Karr, Ed Bok Lee, Gregory Pardlo, Morgan Parker, and Natasha Trethewey.
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MCBA Recognized by American Printing History Association for Institutional Achievement

March 6, 2019

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) was presented with the Award for Institutional Achievement by the American Printing History Association (APHA) for its work promoting, preserving, and educating communities to the printing arts over MCBA’s history. The award was presented on Saturday, January 26, at APHA’s annual meeting at the Grolier Club in New York City, and was received by MCBA’s Board Chair, K.C. Foley.
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Elysa Voshell Named Next Executive Director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts

January 14, 2019

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) announced today that Elysa Voshell will be its next Executive Director. Elysa Voshell will lead a new era of community engagement and sustainability for the internationally-recognized book arts organization. Voshell joins MCBA from Venice Arts, a nonprofit media arts organization in Venice, CA, dedicated to igniting, expanding, and transforming the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education. As Venice Arts’ Associate Director, Voshell provided broad leadership and managed day-to-day operations of the organization. She has been with Venice Arts since 2009. Additional career highlights include her role as Associate Editor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Staff Writer at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, and Artist in Residence in Book Arts at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
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