Artist Collective

About the MCBA Artist Collective

MCBA provides critical studio access through its Artist Collective, comprised of dedicated artists working in papermaking, paper marbling, letterpress printing, screen printing, bookbinding, and related arts. Artists must have sufficient training to work independently and safely in the studio areas they wish to utilize. Through this program, members have access to clean and well-maintained artist studios, rare equipment, exhibition opportunities, and participation in an eclectic community of fellow artists. Join us!

Membership Benefits Include:

    • 24/7 studio and equipment access at MCBA
    • On-site storage
    • The opportunity to participate in Art-Share sessions with MCBA staff and Artist Collective members
    • The opportunity to show work in the annual Artist Collective exhibition in MCBA’s Main Gallery
    • 70/30 consignment-split on accepted work in The Shop at MCBA
    • 50% discount on tuition for MCBA workshops (there are no discounts on materials fees) when registering three weeks or less in advance of a workshop’s start date.

Long Term Membership

Requires a minimum six month commitment at a rate of $165 per month. Membership dues are to be paid by the fifth day of each month. After the initial six month membership, artists may maintain their membership on a month-to-month basis.

Short Term Membership

Short-term membership requires a three to five month commitment at a rate of $195 per month. A limited number of short-term memberships are available based on studio capacity. Members cannot defer during short term membership.

Artist Collective Membership for BIPOC Participants

MCBA offers a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. Monthly rates are $115 per month for long term (6+ months) and $145 for short term membership (3-5 months).

College Student and Recent Graduate Membership

To foster the future of the field, MCBA offers a discounted rate on Artist Collective membership for degree-seeking college students and recent graduates of university programs. Membership rate is $115 per month for degree-seeking students and recent graduates for up to five years after graduation date.

MCBA Internship & Advanced Certificate Graduate Discount

MCBA interns and Advanced Book Arts Certificate graduates are offered a monthly rate of $115 on Artist Collective membership for up to one year after completion of internship.

Artist Collective Studio Fellowships

The Artist Collective Studio Fellowships (there are 5 available) offer studio access and membership in MCBA’s Artist Collective for 12 months in exchange for work in MCBA’s studios during Studio Labs, a weekly equipment rental opportunity for those with prior training. Studio Fellows are important ambassadors to MCBA’s artist community and play a key role in creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment. A call for the next cohort will go out in early 2024.


Artist Collective membership applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by MCBA staff. Click the button below for application details and to submit an application. If you have questions after reviewing the information, contact Anika Schneider, Director of Exhibitions & Artist Programs, at or 612-215-2528.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applicants must read and agree to the Artist Collective Membership Agreement when applying.



Current Artist Collective Members