Studio Fellowships

Call for Studio Fellows

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is seeking applications for two Artist Collective Studio Fellowship positions. The Artist Collective Studio Fellowship offers studio space and membership in MCBA’s Artist Collective for 12 months (January–December 2021) in exchange for supporting MCBA’s Studio Manager in facilitating weekly Studio Labs. This includes assisting Studio Lab participants, conducting studio maintenance, and performing small administrative tasks as needed. 

Studio Fellows are important ambassadors to MCBA’s artist community and play a key role in creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment! In exchange for their support in the studios, Fellows receive free training in the use and maintenance of studio equipment relevant to their work, 24/7 studio access (including equipment for the following processes: letterpress, screen printing, papermaking, marbling, and bookbinding), opportunities to show work in the annual Artist Collective exhibition and participate in Art-Share sessions with Artist Collective members and MCBA staff, on-site storage, and one free MCBA workshop during their fellowship year. Fellows may also be considered candidates for paid teaching opportunities and consignment opportunities in the Shop at MCBA. 

About Studio Labs

MCBA’s Studio Labs provide low-cost access to equipment outside of workshops. Participants enjoy fellowship with other makers as they work on independent projects in the bindery, wet studios, and print studios. Studio Fellows are available to answer questions or help with equipment, but Studio Lab participants must register in advance and have adequate training to work independently. 

Studio Labs are held on Tuesdays (3pm–9pm), plus one Saturday (10am–4pm) per month. The two selected fellows will work in person, once per week (on either a Tuesday or a Saturday), totaling approximately 15 hours per month.

Open Positions

Letterpress Studio Fellow

The Letterpress Studio Fellow will be responsible for providing assistance during Studio Labs on Tuesday evenings from 6–9pm, plus one Saturday per month (note: One Lab is offered per week; no Lab is scheduled the Tuesday prior to a Saturday Lab). The Letterpress Studio Fellow will aid Studio Lab attendees with basic functioning and troubleshooting on the presses, as well as perform basic studio maintenance duties such as oiling presses and refilling solvents. The Letterpress Fellow will report any issues that arise with MCBA equipment to the Studio Technician. Training on the use and maintenance of each press will be provided.

Qualifications: 

      • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills with an interest in arts education.
      • Have at minimum an intermediate-level understanding of letterpress printing, including typesetting, polymer platemaking and printing, and various image-making techniques; close familiarity with at least one type of flatbed cylinder or platen press, as well as basic familiarity with other forms of printmaking.
      • Reliability and consistent availability on Tuesday evenings and the first Saturday of the month. This is a year-long commitment and requires dependable attendance.

Decorative Paper Studio Fellow

The Decorative Paper Studio Fellow will be responsible for providing assistance during Studio Labs on Tuesday evenings from 6–9pm, plus one Saturday per month. Responsibilities for these studios include setup (preparing carrageenan and alum for marbling papers or mixing paste for paste paper), supervision during the Studio Lab session itself, and cleanup/emptying of paper drying racks. In addition to these tasks, the Decorative Paper Studio Fellow will perform some basic studio maintenance duties such as inventory of paints and refilling supplies. The Studio Fellow will report any issues that arise with MCBA equipment to the Studio Technician.

Qualifications:

      • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills with an interest in arts education. 
      • Have at minimum an intermediate-level understanding of marbling and/or paste paper, including: paste or carrageenan mixing, application of alum to papers, appropriate inks, and pattern-formation.
      • Reliability and consistent availability on Tuesday evenings and the first Saturday of the month. This is a year-long commitment and requires dependable attendance.

Benefits

      • One year membership to MCBA’s Artist Collective, which provides 24-hour access to studios, equipment, and library
      • Equipment training in MCBA’s studios
      • A year-long MCBA membership, which includes a 10% discount on workshop fees and all non-consignment products in the Shop 
      • One free MCBA workshop (supply fee will need to be paid in full, and audits can be overridden by any paying class attendees)
      • Storage space, including 1 cabinet shelf and 1 flat file
      • The opportunity to show work in the annual Artist Collective exhibition in MCBA’s Main Gallery
      • The opportunity to participate in Art-Share sessions with MCBA staff and Artist Collective members
      • 70/30 consignment-split on accepted work in The Shop at MCBA

COVID SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

In an effort to provide a safe environment that will prevent transmission of COVID-19 amongst individuals entering Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the following guidelines are in effect:

      • Sick or potentially-sick individuals must not enter the facility.
      • If a staff member or studio user is diagnosed with COVID-19 and has worked in any MCBA studio area in the previous two weeks, they must notify MCBA’s Executive Director (evoshell@mnbookarts.org | 612-215-2525) immediately. The Executive Director will notify the internal artist community while maintaining the studio user’s anonymity. Studios will be cleaned and temporarily closed until further notice. 
      • In compliance with the City of Minneapolis’s policy mandating that people wear masks in indoor public spaces, masks or face coverings are required at all times while in Open Book and MCBA’s studios. 
      • To support social distancing, MCBA is currently limiting studio access so that artists may maintain a 6’ distance from one another at all times. Staff is only working onsite as needed and in staggered shifts.
      • The MCBA Shop and Gallery are currently closed to the public and will remain closed until further notice.
      • Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at MCBA for use at all times. Everyone using the studio is expected to follow all CDC health and safety guidelines including frequent hand washing and/or the use of hand sanitizer (provided in each studio). 
      • Regular housekeeping practices have been implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of community work surfaces, equipment, and tools using an EPA-approved cleaner. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas including light switches, door handles, railings, sinks, and restrooms by janitorial staff. 

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following to Molly Poganski, Studio Technician (mpoganski@mnbookarts.org) by November 29, 2020, 11:59pm CST

      • A professional resumé
      • 3-5 images of recent work (72 dpi with one side no larger than 1000 pixels)
      • A brief statement including information about your training in the area for which you wish to apply, and details about why you would like to join the MCBA community
      • Names and contact information for two references 

Decisions will be announced by December 21, 2020. 

We value a culture of equity and inclusion and encourage candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and lived experiences to apply.