Minnesota Center for Book Arts

MCBA is an international leader in preserving the traditional crafts of book, paper, and print. Learn more at: http://www.mnbookarts.org

MCBA is an international leader in preserving the traditional crafts of letterpress printing, printmaking, papermaking and bookmaking as vibrant, vital contemporary artforms.

Operating as usual

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship 01/18/2024

Early-career Minnesota (or New York) based artists, check this out!

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships support generative artists with a three year, $60,000 award to support their time and expenses for the creation of new work, artistic development, and/or professional artistic career development.

Applications are open now and the deadline to apply is April 15, 2024!

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship The Jerome Foundation was founded by Jerome Hill (1905-1972), a noted filmmaker, composer and painter, and awards grants to emerging artists in Hill’s home state of Minnesota and New York City, where he spent much of his creative life.

12/21/2023

Heads up!

We’re open through Saturday, December 23 for gift-shopping and gallery-wandering, but we’ll be closed December 24, 2023 through January 1, 2024.

Here's to some end-of-year rest and rejuvenation! ❤️🩷💚

12/18/2023

All four books pictured here are past winners of the Minnesota Book Artist Award... Is yours next?! 📚🏆

Submissions are open through January 8, 2024 for the 2024 Minnesota Book Artist Award, presented with the Minnesota Book Awards. This biennial prize recognizes a Minnesota-based book artist or collaborative group for outstanding new work created in the last two years. Winners take home a $750 cash prize and enjoy statewide publicity!

Find more details and apply here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/minnesota-book-artist-award/

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 12/16/2023

Box making 📦!
Papercutting ✂️!
Art critiquing 🤔
Wax sealing 🕯️
Foil stamping 💮
Book design 📘
In person 🧍‍!
Virtual 🖥️!

It's all here in our hot-off-the-press February workshop schedule. Browse and sign up here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/category/adult-workshops/

Pictured here are Introduction to Book Design for Visual Artists, Postcard Pocket Notebook: Collaboration & Exchange (with visiting artists from the Shift-lab collective!), and Letterlocking: Folded Secrets.

12/13/2023

Learn about the printmaking process while making letterpress posters and ink-stamped postcards for Palestine. Print designs are by Lamia Abukhadra, Andrea Shaker, and Jamie Kubat. Drop into our studios anytime on Thursday, December 14, 2023, 5–7pm. You’ll see a welcome table in the lobby outside our Main Gallery.

This event is presented by Mizna and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

12/06/2023

Learn a new skill and make a bunch of holiday gifts, all in one go! 💪

Marbled paper can be framed, cut it into bookmarks, and used in bookbinding. Or, let your giftee choose what to do with it!

Sign up for Intro to Marbling (Saturday, December 16, 10am–4pm) here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/introduction-to-marbling/

12/05/2023

Imagine a book that's taller than you—or one that's round and fluffy like a snowball, or that looks like a mug of hot chocolate!

Make some fun, wintry structures with your kiddo at "Bookmaking for Preschoolers: Snow Play!" on Saturday, December 16 from 10am–12pm. One registration includes one adult and one child, age 2–6.

Sign up here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/bookmaking-for-preschoolers-snow-play/

12/01/2023

It’s time to aim high! 🏹 Imagine what you could create with $25,000, a year of professional development, and two years of MCBA studio access.

Applications for the 2024 McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists are open December 1, 2023–March 1, 2024. If you're a beyond-emerging book artist living in Minnesota, this is your nudge to apply! 🫵 Learn more about eligibility and benefits here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/mcknight-fellowships/

11/20/2023

📘 📐❣️🔹 WE'RE HIRING! 🔹❣️📐📘

Become a key member of MCBA’s leadership team! 🔑 We’re looking for a full-time Associate Director to, first and foremost, lead institutional and individual giving. Additionally, this person will work with our ED on communications, HR, and leadership.

Priority deadline is December 1, but the position will remain open until filled. Learn more on our website below!

https://www.mnbookarts.org/employment/

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 11/16/2023

Give to the Max Day is finally here! ⏰

When you donate $75 or more by midnight, you contribute to our amazing community of creatives, and as a special thank you, we'll send you the following:

$75 - Patch by Katie Kirk (Eight Hour Day)
$150 - Set of letterpress holiday cards printed in our studios
$250 - MCBA’s newest tote, a sticker, marbled paper buttons, and a hand-bound letterpress notebook
$500 - All 3 gifts above!

Every dollar counts and we have less than 14 hours to reach our $9,000 goal. (Check the progress in our stories!) Let’s celebrate our community!

DONATE >> https://www.givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-Center-For-Book-Arts

11/15/2023

🌟 Join us in making a difference! 🌟 When you donate $75 by November 16th, you not only contribute towards maintaining 12,000 square feet of studio space where students of all ages can find community and grow roots, but you'll also receive this patch by Katie Kirk (Eight Hour Day) as a token of our gratitude. 🎁✨

Click the link below to help us reach our Give to the Max Day goal of $9,000! 🧡
https://www.givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-Center-For-Book-Arts

11/14/2023

Check out these one-day-only freebies and activities at the Shop at MCBA (shopmnbookarts.org) on November 25! We're open from 10am–5pm.

🌲 Learn how to use a tabletop Provisional Press to print gift tags (12–3pm only)
🌲 Get a free print when you spend $50 or more in the Shop
🌲 Cross gifts off your list! Find handmade books, journals, cards, prints, zines, holiday decor, and art materials in our Shop

11/13/2023

Our exhibitions are 🔸FREE 🔸 and open to the public five days a week. If you’ve wandered these wonderful spaces, you know how special they are. Please support MCBA so we can keep bringing you exhibitions like the one pictured here, Paper Is People: Decolonizing Global Paper Culture.

Give before November 16 and be entered into a drawing for a $500 Early Giving Golden Ticket!
https://www.givemn.org/organization/Minnesota-Center-For-Book-Arts

11/07/2023

❄☃️🌨️ Refresh your letterpress skills and partake in wintry cheer at MCBA on Saturday, November 18 from 1–4 pm! Select a background, type, and colors, then print a series of winter cards to take home.

Register here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/letterpress-refresh-winter-cards

Note: Past participation in Letterpress 1: Printing Basics or a similar introductory letterpress workshop is required to enroll in this workshop.

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 11/06/2023

Opening Friday, November 10, 2023: The MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship VIII exhibition, featuring:

🍂 D'Angelo Christian, photographer
🍂 Suriya Sam-Khuth, independent curator and lens-based collage artist
🍂 Leah Klister, artist and educator

Join us for a reception from 6–8pm. RSVP here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/mcba-jerome-foundation-book-arts-mentorship-series-viii/

The Jerome Mentorship invites early-career Minnesota artists from a wide variety of disciplines (notably, *not* book arts) to spend a year developing skills in contemporary and traditional book arts techniques. Our three mentees are ready to show off their latest projects incorporating these new skills! 🛠

10/28/2023

Our three artist demos last night at the Preview Party were 🔥! 1) Gold tooling with Brien Beidler, 2) Marbling with Heather RJ Fletcher, and 3) Printing on the iron hand press with Bill Myers.

Thank you to our presenting sponsors: Wet Paint (Wet Paint) and Cathy Ryan & Doris Engibous, for their support in making this great event happen!

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 10/26/2023

Our New Editions colors are hot pink and "hot yellow"—can you tell? 🥵 We're having a blast getting ready for y'all!

There's still time to grab tickets to our Preview Party on Friday, October 27, 6–9pm! Find them here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/new-editions-2023/

Otherwise, we hope to see you at the public sale on Saturday from 10am–5pm! Bring your friends!

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 10/24/2023

Just 3 days ‘til New Editions 2023! 😱

Featuring 150+ new…

Artists’ Books 〰️ Zines 〰️Prints 〰️ Chapbooks 〰️ Broadsides 〰️ Photo Books 〰️

There are two ways to access the pop-up showcase and sale: Attend our Preview Party on Friday, October 27 from 6–9pm (tickets at the link below) or come to the public sale on Saturday, October 10am–5pm. https://www.mnbookarts.org/new-editions-2023/

Here’s another sneak peek at some of the works you’ll be tempted to buy at New Editions! 👀

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 10/20/2023

Our hearts are heavy this week as we grapple with the news that Jody Williams, book artist, teacher, and longtime member of the MCBA community, passed away.

Jody was a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Artist Award, presented in collaboration with The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, first in its inaugural year in 2008 and again in 2019, for her book, "For Now." Small in scale, Jody's impeccable artist's books combined poetic writing, distinctive illustration, innovative structures, and a sense of magic and discovery. Jody taught printmaking and book arts at MCBA and at MCAD, and taught workshops and presented lectures at museums and colleges across the United States and in Europe. Her work, under the imprint Flying Paper Press (https://www.flyingpaperpress.com) is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minnesota Historical Society, and the University of Minnesota. She will be deeply missed by friends, family, and the book arts community.

Those of you who are subscribed to our e-newsletter (mnbookarts.org/news) can expect a more in-depth community tribute next week. Please DM us if you would like to contribute. ❤️

10/20/2023

Meet Liz Henrich (she/her), our new Development and Events Associate!

🛶Most recently, Liz spearheaded fundraising at Urban Boatbuilders, a youth-focused nonprofit that teaches life skills and career readiness through hands-on woodworking projects. 🪵 She has also helped organize ChromaZone, a mural festival in St. Paul.
Liz holds a BFA in communications design from Pratt Institute and a certificate in museum studies from the University of Washington. Outside of work you can find her collecting stamps and working in her local community garden! 🥒🍅

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 10/19/2023

People Pointing at Things: A Series! ☝️👈👇You'll have plenty to point at, too, when you visit Craft & Conceptual Art before it closes this Saturday, October 21. Peruse our wall of book arts ephemera from the 1960s to the 1990s—all are items pulled from MCBA's archives! Plus, check out a reading table with books and documents you can touch and page through. 📰✋🤚

We're open until 7pm Thursday, then 10am–5pm on Friday and Saturday. Read more about the exhibition here: bookarts.org/craft-conceptual-art-reshaping-the-legacy-of-artists-books/

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 10/17/2023

Bind a book with a mechanical spine that collapses when it's opened on a flat surface! Perfect for personalized sketchbooks, journals, and artists’ books.

Mechanical Spine Binding
with María Carolina Ceballos
Wednesdays, November 1 and 8; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Sign up here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/mechanical-spine-binding/

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 10/13/2023

The big reveal! 🖤🤍 Presenting our new MCBA tote bag design by Artist Collective member Alex Prince, screen printed in house by Kirsten Olson. 🤩

Attend our New Editions Preview Party on Friday, October 27, 6–9pm, purchase any artwork, and get a free tote bag. Totes will also be available for purchase in the Shop from that weekend on. 👍

Get your tickets here: https://www.mnbookarts.org/new-editions-2023/

10/09/2023

Looking for a winter internship? Well, we're looking for you, so let's make a match! 🤝

Education Interns learn about and gain experience in our virtual book arts programs while supporting our education team. This fully remote or hybrid internship runs from January–April 2024 for approximately 6–8 hours weekly and comes with a $500 stipend.

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 3, 2023, 11:59pm CT.
mnbookarts.org/internships/

10/07/2023

New exhibition at MCBA: Others by UK-based book artist Hilke Kurzke! Get up close and personal with these seven paper mâché heads in our Outlook Gallery.

As an immigrant from Germany, Hilke is interested in the idea of “otherness,” a concept that has recently been splitting societies everywhere. With each of the heads sculpted with "several different references to keep each one ambivalent racially and with respect to age and gender," the installation challenges the viewer to “bear with difference and investigate for themselves what makes someone other to them,” Hilke writes.

Visit us and see the exhibition October 7, 2023–January 20, 2024. Learn more on our website: https://www.mnbookarts.org/hilke-kurzke-others/

Photos from Minnesota Center for Book Arts's post 10/07/2023

🗞🖥️🏃🏽‍♀️💨 Incoming! Our schedule of in-person and virtual workshops just dropped. There are so many ways to fuel your creativity this November, December, and January (including the three workshops pictured here!) Check out all 53 new workshops on our website:

https://www.mnbookarts.org/category/adult-workshops/

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