New Editions Celebrates More Than 50 Local & International Book Artists

Minnesota Center for Book Arts hosts two-day showcase of all-new book art, including a public sale and book arts-themed Story Slam

September 26, 2019

As a hub for artists of all kinds—bookbinders, papermakers, letterpress printers, and more—Minnesota Center for Book Arts has devoted two days solely to the celebration of new book art created within the last year. The event kicks off on Friday, October 18, 7-10pm with a ticketed preview party, followed by a juried public sale on Saturday, October 19, 10am-3pm.


With more than 50 local, national, and international artists showcasing over 125 curated pieces—from artist’s books and photo books to broadsides and hand-printed work—the public sale at “New Editions” connects artists with art lovers of all backgrounds.

“This year’s selection of work is fresh, fun, and really speaks to the depth and breadth of what book art can be. We love being able to showcase such a variety of artists and the various contemporary processes and themes artists are incorporating into their work,” says Torey Erin, Exhibitions and Artist Programs Manager.

“You’ll see examples of letterpress printing, bookbinding, paper making, zine making, marbling, calligraphy, typography, origami, collage, and more. This is a great event for members of the public who are new to the book arts and want to support our artist community, as well as for longtime arts lovers who want to add new work to their collection,” says Executive Director Elysa Voshell.


MCBA kicks off the weekend showcase with a ticketed preview party featuring first access to the sale and MCBA’s first-ever Book Arts Story Slam. Five local artists representing a variety of disciplines have crafted true stories inspired by the theme Book Arts Impressions: You Never Forget Your First!  MCBA’s Story Slam lineup includes:

  • Kent Aldrich, Master Printer, The Nomadic Press
  • Robyn Awend, Artist and Director of Visual Arts and Co-Director of the Center for Arts and Culture at the Sabes JCC
  • Dara Beevas, Publisher, Wise Ink
  • Mary Bruno, Letterpress Printer, Bruno Press
  • Todd Thyberg, Founder, Angel Bomb

Ticket holders will receive a limited-edition tote bag, pictured below, printed at MCBA by screen printer Kirsten Olson and designed by Frankie Castillo, and will also have the opportunity to participate in a raffle featuring local goods and services.

New Editions is supported by Presenting Sponsor Star Tribune; Signature Sponsors Cathy Ryan and Doris Engibous; and Promotional Sponsors Bolger, Delaware North – Open Book At MSP Airport, Jennifer Martin, and The Sherwin-Williams Company.


Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a visual arts nonprofit organization that supports creative expression through traditional and contemporary book arts, including papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing. MCBA’s philosophy and artistic vision challenges its artist community to think beyond the traditional notion of “book.” Today, books can be bound and unbound, fabricated into sculptures, interpreted as metaphor, experienced as installation or performance, and interacted with virtually. What unites this varied work is a focus on the interdisciplinary expression of narrative. To learn more, visit our website at