TIME LINES Exhibition to Feature Local Book Artists

Books, paper, and prints by Artist Collective members will be on view May 26–July 30, 2022 at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to present TIME LINES: New Work by MCBA’s Artist Collective, an exhibition in our Main Gallery featuring work by 15 members of our Artist Collective. The exhibition will be open to the public during our newly-expanded operating hours (Tuesday–Saturday, 10am–5pm and Thursday open late until 7pm). An opening reception will take place on Thursday, May 26 from 6–8pm.

Though these works take different physical forms, ranging from handbound books and woodblock prints to paper sculptures and paper quilts, they all plumb the mysteries of time. Book art is an ideal vehicle for expressing the movement of time. A book artist can control time by deciding when the viewer turns a page, where their eye travels, and how the work unfolds. These 15 artists explore how our own personal timelines weave into larger generational and societal ones—like that of the recent pandemic and the ongoing story of environmental degradation. Time is also apparent in the dedication of book artists to traditional crafts such as hand papermaking and printmaking, and in the nuanced layers visible as a result of these processes. The exhibition itself is an expression of time, too—a particular timestamp in these artists’ creative lives.

Exhibiting artists include: Robyn Awend, Julie Baugnet, Celeste Brosenne, Megan Burchett, Marjorie Fedyszyn, Wendy Fernstrum, Robin Garwood, Genevieve Lapp, Jessie Merriam, Raven Miller, Bridget O’Malley, August Schultz, Christopher Selleck, Richard Stephens, and Ben Weaver.

Many of the exhibiting artists have been involved in MCBA’s Artist Collective program for years, some for decades. Through MCBA’s Artist Collective program, papermakers, paper marblers, letterpress printers, screen printers, bookbinders, and related artists receive 24/7 access to studios and rare equipment, and enjoy fellowship with an eclectic community of artists. Members also get the opportunity to show work in an annual exhibition like this one. Our Artist Collective Fellowship program, meanwhile, offers no-cost membership in exchange for assistance in our studios.

Please join us for the in-person opening reception! Free registration is available through Eventbrite, and masks are required.