Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the sixteenth series of the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Residency (formerly known as the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship): printmaker Nicole Soley; artist, writer, and educator Brooks Turner; and artist/designer Leah Willemin. The program encourages the creation and exhibition of new and compelling artwork, strengthens skills and career development, and deepens relationships in the book arts community.
Please join us in congratulating the 2021 McKnight Book Artist Fellows, Mary Hark and Sonja Peterson! Both are artists of exceptional merit who work with paper. Mary is a papermaker and paper artist, while Sonja’s work encompasses paper cuts, bookmaking, collage, and stencils.
As part of our 35th anniversary celebration, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is proud to announce that the winner of the 2020 MCBA Prize is Sara Langworthy for her artist’s book, Sidereal. Acclaimed curator, writer, and historian Betty Bright selected Sidereal from an ever-narrowing pool of 158 submissions, 32 finalists and five finalists. Continue reading “2020 MCBA Prize Winner Announcement”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading “MCBA Presents “Playing With Words””
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. Continue reading “Elysa Voshell Named Next Executive Director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts”