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: After the initial six month membership, artists may maintain their membership on a month-to-month basis.
*Short term:  Limited number available based on studio capacity
*College/recent grad: Eligible up to five years after graduation date
*Internship/advanced certificate: Eligible up to one year after completion of program

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.
Application deadline for Studio Fellowships: Monday, March 4, 2024 at 11:59pm CT


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