Minnesota Book Artist Award

The Minnesota Book Artist Award

Presented annually as part of the Minnesota Book Awards with Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Minnesota Book Artist Award recognizes a Minnesota book artist or collaborative group for excellence in new artistic work, depth of knowledge and quality in the book arts through supporting previous work, as well as significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community.

2020 Minnesota Book Artist Award Winners:

In the photo (by Paul Nylander), from front to back: Gaylord Schanilec, Hans Koch, John Coy, Paul Nylander, Barbara Eijadi, Rayan Macalin, Paris Fobbe, Monica Edwards Larson, Sorcha Douglas, Greta Lapcinski, Kerri Mulcare.

The collaborative team that created My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story
Writer: John Coy
Artist: Gaylord Schanilec
Image development, composition, printing, and binding team: Sorcha Douglas,  Barbara Eijadi, Paris Fobbe, Ellen Janda, Hans Koch, Greta Lapcinski, Monica Edwards Larson, Rayan Macalin, Kerri Mulcare, Paul Nylander, and Emily Pressprich, as well as papermaker Amanda Degener.

My Mighty Journey is the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River, and the changes it has witnessed over twelve thousand years. 

Enhancing this story are stunning letterpress images created with materials collected along the riverbank: wood and bark, limestone and bricks. The illustrations show the progression of the waterfall—eventually known as St. Anthony Falls—as it moved fifteen miles upriver. My Mighty Journey helps viewers realize that most of us are newcomers here.

The committee commented on how the weight and impressive scale of the work fits with the subject. “It couldn’t have been any other way,” stated one juror.

An exhibition celebrating My Mighty Journey will be on view February 7– March 22, 2020 in the Main Gallery, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 13 from 6–8pm in the Main Gallery and an artist talk in the Target Performance Hall at 7pm. 


Previous Minnesota Book Artist Award Recipients

Jody Williams (2019)
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen (2018)
Steven McCarthy (2017)
Wendy Fernstrum(2016)
Harriet Bart, Philip Gallo, and Jill Jevne (2015)
Fred Hagstrom (2014)
Jana Pullman (2013)
Bridget O’Malley and Amanda Degener of Cave Paper (2012)
Regula Russelle (2011)
Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling (2010)
Paulette Myers-Rich (2009)
Jody Williams (2008)

About the Minnesota Book Awards

Created in 1988, The Minnesota Book Awards is a statewide, year-round outreach program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in partnership with the Saint Paul Public Library and City of Saint Paul. For more information about the Minnesota Book Artist Award, visit the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library’s website or call 651-366-6497.