CBAA Residency





College Book Art Association (CBAA) Residency

The Collegiate Book Art Association Residency at Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is an artistic development program that allows early-career book artists to deepen their practice while sharing their artistic experience and process with the MCBA community.  One collegiate artist will receive a scholarship valued at $2,000 to attend a four-week summer residency at MCBA between June, 2020 and August, 2020. This program is for artists who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program and are members of the College Book Art Association. If you are not a member of CBAA, you can register here:

*Due to COVID-19, this program is temporarily paused until further notice. Please continue to check this web page for any updates!

Applications are open March 16April 30, 2020 at 11:59 CST.




With partner support from CBAA, MCBA will host one collegiate book artist for a four-week residency between June, 2020 and August, 2020. Benefits include:

  • $500 workshop and supply fee stipend
  • $250 residency stipend
  • 24/7 access to MCBA’s book, paper, and print studios
  • Participation in a critique with staff and artist community
  • A profile feature in MCBA’s e-Newsletter


Applicants must be members of the College Book Art Association and currently enrolled in a collegiate program whose primary practice is in book arts.

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Artist resume (3 page maximum)
  2. Artist bio (300 word maximum)
  3. Project proposal (500 word maximum). Applicants are required to submit a realistic proposal that demonstrates their vision and how they will utilize MCBA’s studios and equipment. Strong project proposals make a clear connection between work samples and proposed project. 
  4. Ten image samples. Applicants are required to submit ten image samples. Images can be detailed images and full scale images. Upload images in the order you would like them to be viewed. Each juror reviews applications individually, one image at a time, on a personal computer monitor. Each file must be under 4MB in size.

Images should be uploaded using the title of their work as the file name.

For example: Moonprint.jpg


MCBA is the largest book art center in the United States and houses eight Vandercook proof presses, guillotine cutters, board shears, two hydraulic presses, Valley and Reina paper beaters, an etching press, screen printing equipment, and much more! A complete list of our studio equipment can be found here.

*Artists must have adequate training to work independently in the area(s) they wish to utilize. If the applicant proposes to create a broadside using the Vandercook, they must have had proper training prior to using the equipment. We are happy to refresh that knowledge and provide guidance with our tools and equipment.


A three-member jury comprising MCBA staff and board with artistic experience will select the collegiate artist. Applicants are evaluated and selected based on the quality of the work as evidenced in submitted materials, with most importance given to work samples and project proposal.

MCBA is particularly interested in hosting collegiate book artists who integrate social and environmental themes within their practice. Artists with diverse perspectives and lived experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.