Book Arts Mentorships

Applications are now closed for MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series VII.

About the Book Arts Mentorship

The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline. There are many reasons to explore book arts as a new artistic medium. As a highly malleable and versatile form of expression, book arts extend the possibilities of other art forms. You can create a conceptual space. Experiment with sequence and visual or verbal narrative. Use book art forms to extend, explore, document or reexamine work produced in other artistic disciplines.

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Book arts projects funded by thirteen series of Fellowships and four prior series of Mentorships range from exquisitely crafted fine press volumes and sculptural books to documented performances and one-of-a-kind installations that “break the bindings” and redefine conventional notions of book form.

Awards and Eligibility

Artists in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Literary arts (poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative nonfiction)
  • Visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, new media)
  • Music (composing)
  • Film / video (filmmakers, animation)
  • Theater (playwriting)
  • Dance (choreography)

Only originating artists in these disciplines are eligible for Jerome support; musicians, actors, directors, dancers, screenwriters and other such categories are not eligible.

Three jurors will review all applications and select three mentorship recipients. Artists selected for the Book Arts Mentorship will receive:

  • $2,000 for the purchase of materials and to supplement other project costs (subject to state and federal income tax guidelines)
  • Basic book arts training at MCBA
  • Free tuition to participate in up to four workshops offered by MCBA through its regular adult education schedule (artist pays applicable supply/material fees)
  • The ability to meet regularly with a mentor, MCBA staff, and fellow mentorship recipients
  • One year free membership to MCBA
  • Recognition through a culminating exhibition in MCBA’s main gallery
  • Studio and equipment use

Applications must be submitted by emerging artists. An “emerging artist” is generally defined as an artist who shows significant potential, yet has not received a commensurate amount of professional recognition regardless of age or recognition in other fields. MCBA and the Jerome Foundation reserve the right to review and determine any applicant status as “emerging” or “established”.

Applicants must reside in Minnesota and must have held legal residency in Minnesota for the preceding year.

An artist is not eligible to apply for the Book Arts Mentorship if they are:

  • a student, full-time or part-time
  • a current MCBA artist-in-residence or staff member
  • an artist who already uses book arts as a primary form of creative expression
  • an artist who is already well-established in their field of work
  • a prior recipient of any MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship or Fellowship


The Jerome Mentorship Program dates are as follows:

Applications Due: Tuesday, September 4th, 2018; 11:59 pm.
Announcement: Friday, October 5th, 2018.

Program Dates

Mandatory Orientation Meeting for Mentees & Mentors: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Mentees will be required to attend the following courses in the fall:

  • Introduction to Book Arts
  • Book Arts Seminar

Mentees will also have the opportunity to audit 4 additional courses of their choice throughout the Mentorship program.

Mentees will be required to participate in Critique Sessions, Presentations, and Exhibition installation/deinstallation.

Exhibition dates: November 2019 – January 2020.

Questions regarding the Jerome Mentorship Program may be sent to Torey Erin at

Past Jerome Mentees