A respected and dedicated champion of the field, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind.

We celebrate the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. Our mission is to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.

MCBA is committed to book art, artists and appreciators. Our mission is achieved through quality programs that support a broad continuum of creators, learners and admirers. We lead the field by promoting innovation, sustaining traditions, educating new enthusiasts, inspiring creative expression and honoring artistic excellence. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to new methods of art-making and communication, MCBA supports the limitless creative development of book arts.

Books and other “contained narratives” have existed for centuries, created through various techniques and taking numerous forms. They chronicled history, celebrated achievements and communicated collective and personal knowledge. Books as multi-faceted and interdisciplinary methods of communication remain relevant. MCBA’s mission supports an important lasting vision: a world where book art is created, cultivated, celebrated, and understood as a vital and lasting expression of culture.

Artist Collective Membership

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is a nonprofit visual arts center dedicated to leading the advancement of the book as an evolving art form. MCBA is committed to fostering a creative community of book artists and appreciators. We lead the field by promoting innovation, sustaining traditions, educating new enthusiasts, inspiring creative expression, and honoring artistic excellence. 

MCBA provides critical studio access through its Artist Collective, comprised of dedicated artists working in papermaking, paper marbling, letterpress printing, screen printing, bookbinding, and related arts. Artists must have sufficient training to work independently and safely in the studio areas they wish to utilize. Through this program, members have access to clean and well-maintained artist studios, rare equipment, exhibition opportunities, and participation in an eclectic community of fellow artists

· 24-hour access to the MCBA studios and library

· Preferred press access on Open Studio nights

· On-site storage: one shelf and one locker

· 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

· 50% discount on MCBA workshops (by registering two weeks in advance of a workshop’s start date; Artist Collective members still pay full supply fee)

Artist Collective Monthly Membership Rates 

LONG TERM MEMBERSHIP: Require a minimum six month commitment at a rate of $165 per month. Membership dues are to be paid by the fifth day of each month. After the initial six month membership, artists may maintain their membership on a month-to-month basis. 

SHORT TERM MEMBERSHIP: Short-term membership requires three to five month commitment at a rate of $195 per month. A limited number of short-term memberships are available based on studio capacity. Members cannot defer during short term membership.

ARTIST COLLECTIVE MEMBERSHIP FOR BIPOC PARTICIPANTS: MCBA is offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. Both short and long term membership rates are $115 per month for long term (6+ months) and $145 for short term membership (3-5 months). 

ARTIST COLLECTIVE FELLOWSHIPS: The Artist Collective Fellowship offers studio space and membership in MCBA’s Artist Collective for one year in exchange for providing support and helping to maintain the studios during MCBA’s Studio Lab. Studio Lab provides artists with regular, low-cost access to our studios and equipment outside of workshops and classes. Selected fellows will work 12-15 hours per month. In exchange, Fellows receive 24/7 studio access, a shelf and a locker, and the opportunity to show work in the Artist Collective exhibition. 

COLLEGE STUDENT AND RECENT GRADUATE MEMBERSHIP: To foster the future of the field, MCBA offers a discounted rate on Artist Collective membership for degree-seeking college students and recent graduates of university programs. Membership rate is $115 per month for degree-seeking students and recent graduates for up to five years after graduation date. 

MCBA INTERNSHIP DISCOUNT: MCBA interns are offered a monthly rate of $115 on Artist Collective membership for up to one year after completion of internship. 

MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP PAYMENTS: Artist Collective member dues are owed by the fifth of each month. Late payments will assess a $25.00 fee after the sixth of the month. Artists can pay their monthly membership fee by keeping a credit card on file or by mailing a check each month.

*If artists do not remove their items from storage after their membership is complete, they will be subject to a $50 fine.

Contact MCBA's Executive Director with any questions about membership guidelines, fees, or benefits. Elysa Voshell: evoshell@mnbookarts.org / 612-215-2525

Minnesota Center for Book Arts invites teaching artists to submit proposals for live, virtual workshops that focus on process, connection, and creativity. We're interested in participatory single-evening, and multi-evening workshops in book arts and related mediums.

Scheduling is ongoing with a deadline for November-December proposals on August 1, 2021. We look forward to hearing from you! Questions and ideas can be directed to Anna Bredeson (abredeson@mnbookarts.org) before submitting a proposal for workshops.

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

The MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Residency Application Cycle: June 23, 2021 - September 3, 2021 at 11:59pm CT.

The MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Residency is open to Minnesota-based early career artists whose primary artistic expression is in book arts and who propose to work on a project at MCBA during their residency. The program is designed to advance early career book artists both critically and creatively in their practice. The MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Residency, administered by Minnesota Center for Book Arts, is made possible by the generous support of the Jerome Foundation. MCBA and the Jerome Foundation encourage artists representing diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

During the residency, three artists (or collaborative teams) will receive:

  • $3,000 project stipend
  • Educational stipend of $350 to be used for workshops or custom tutorials
  • 24/7 access to MCBA studios and technical assistance
  • One-year MCBA membership (10% discount on all workshops, 10% discount at The Shop, and invitations to exhibition openings and special events)
  • Participation in group critiques with MCBA staff and guest critics
  • Recognition through a culminating exhibition in MCBA’s Main Gallery
  • Professional documentation of exhibition artwork

MCBA’s Studios and Equipment:

MCBA is a 12,000 square foot space with two galleries, a Shop, library, state of the art equipment and specialized studios including:

Letterpress Printing studio with eight Vandercook Presses, iron hand presses, platen presses, an etching press, Showcard sign press, light table, polymer platemaker, solvents, rags, gloves. MCBA has a large type library with wood and metal type.

Bookbindery with board shears, guillotine paper cutter, foil presses, paper drill, book cradles, sewing frames, backing press, nipping presses, spiral binder, and hand tools.

Screen Printing area with a darkroom, power washer, light tables for exposing screens, squeegees, and screen printing tables.

Papermaking studios with hydraulic press, restraint dryer, one-pound Valley beater, two-pound Reina beater, cook tops, felts, moulds, and deckles.

Equipment: MCBA also has equipment for traditional marbling, suminagashi, wood engraving, calligraphy, leather tooling, and alternative photography techniques.

Click here to learn more about MCBA Studios and Equipment.


The intent of this program is to recognize and support early career book artists living and working in Minnesota.

Artists who are eligible for this residency:

  • Book Artists who create work that falls within the book arts context, including but not limited to letterpress printing, screen printing, intaglio, bookbinding, box-making, papermaking, or paper decoration. Book art, broadly defined, includes work that embodies narrative, instruction, reference, mapping, guides, documentation, and more. As an interdisciplinary art form, book arts may include other mediums such as photography, other forms of printmaking, installation, sculpture, and film.
  • Early career artists are in the early stages of their creative development with 2–10 years of generative experience, and have a focused direction and goals, even while still developing their artistic “voice”. They have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles, or the public at large. Early career artists are vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur or educational) artists. For more information about the Jerome Foundation’s definition of early career artist, visit: https://www.jeromefdn.org/defining-early-career-emerging-artists
  • Artists who have lived in Minnesota for at least one year prior to the Residency deadline (September 3, 2020).
  • Artists who are available to participate in all aspects of the program. Please view the schedule in the application guidelines to verify availability.

Artist are not eligible for this residency if they are:

  • A degree seeking full-time/part-time student
  • A staff member of MCBA
  • A prior recipient of any McKnight Fellowship
  • A two-time prior recipient of the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship
  • A recipient of the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship from 2019-2021


1. Carefully read the application guidelines. If you are need of any assistance with the guidelines please email evoshell@mnbookarts.org.

2. Make sure you are available to participate in all of the program dates listed in the application guidelines.

3. Prepare your materials: Project Proposal, Project Budget, Image Samples/Video Samples, Resume, Artist Statement, and Image Description List. Be sure to remove your name from all of your submitted documents! See the application guidelines for details.

4. Sign up for a Submittable account. All applications are submitted through the online platform Submittable. To begin, you will create a new account. You can “Save As Draft” and return to the application site until you complete your submission and click “Submit” (once you submit you will no longer be able to make any changes to your submission). After you have created a new account you can fill out the application form and upload the following materials.

5. Ask for help if you need it! Applicants are welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (virtually or over the phone) with MCBA staff before submitting their applications online up until two weeks prior to the application deadline (August 18, 2021). Contact evoshell@mnbookarts.org / 612.215.2525

An independent jury with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and geographies who are in the book arts field will select three artists (or collaborative teams) based on quality of image samples and proposed projects, the Jerome Foundation’s values, and eligibilityJurors will remain anonymous until the applicants have been announced to the public.

Applicants are evaluated and selected according to the following criteria:

Program Eligibility
The Jerome Foundation's values: Artists who are creating compelling work that is deeply considered, imaginative, and executed. Artists who are innovative and risk taking, re-imagining conventional artistic forms. For more information about the Jerome Foundation's values, visit: https://www.jeromefdn.org/what-we-do
Commitment to their practice
Proposed project
Impact the fellowship will have on the artist


About the Residency

Application Guidelines

The Jerome Foundation

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Minnesota Center for Book Arts invites teaching artists to submit proposals for workshops to take place in MCBA's studios that focus on process, connection, and creativity. We're interested in participatory half- and full-day workshops in book arts processes that use MCBA's studio equipment (letterpress and marbling) and feature book arts projects that consider the winter season. Workshops will be held on Saturdays.

We're also interested in proposals for 2-hr workshops on Friday evenings that are open to all skill levels.

The deadline for proposals is August 15 at midnight. We look forward to hearing from you! Questions and ideas can be directed to Anna Bredeson (abredeson@mnbookarts.org) before submitting a proposal for workshops. 

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

Minnesota Center for Book Arts