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 Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs Terin@mnbooks.org with any questions about membership guidelines, fees, or benefits.

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.

Questions and ideas can be directed to Anna Bredeson (abredeson@mnbookarts.org) before submitting a proposal for workshops.

Scheduling is ongoing with a deadline for Mar-Apr proposals on December 6.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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

McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists.
Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, the McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 14 different creative disciplines. Program partner organizations administer the fellowships and structure them to respond to the unique challenges of different disciplines. Currently the foundation contributes about $1.7 million per year to its statewide fellowships. For more information, visit mcknight.org/artistfellowships.

The McKnight Fellowship for Book Artists supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Fellowship for Book Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota based book artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports two established artists per year by providing significant financial assistance, creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, organizing a panel featuring the fellows and invited critics, and working with the fellows to create an individualized professional development plan.

McKnight Artist Fellowships Community Values

Welcome to the McKnight Artist Fellowships community!  The McKnight Foundation and the administering partners for the McKnight Artist Fellowships are committed to creating and supporting an artistic community in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.  The community of the McKnight Artist Fellowships includes people who engage with the fellowships program whether as applicants, fellows, panelists, contractors, collaborators, fellowships administrators, and staff of the McKnight Foundation and partnering organizations.  As a community, we commit to creating and maintaining relationships that are free from harm, prejudice, and harassment.  Community members agree to communicate directly and transparently regarding issues of conduct that could negatively impact the well-being of participating members and organizations.  In the case of an accusation, legal action, or conviction, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may gather and assess relevant information.  If deemed necessary, the McKnight Foundation and its fellowship program partners may take administrative action up to and including the recommendation of participation in reconciliation or restorative justice processes; disqualification of an application; the termination of a contract; and the recall and/or termination of a fellowship.  This community will be what we make it and our aim is to collectively create an experience in which all artists and members of the McKnight Artist Fellowships community thrive.

The MCBA-administered fellowship program utilizes an independent jury of three arts professionals to competitively award two fellowships. The fellowships run for one year, from August 2021 – July 2022 and include:

• $25,000 (unrestricted) Fellowship funding to allow artists to set aside time for study, reflection, opportunities, new projects, experimentation, and exploration.  Awards are subject to state and federal tax guidelines.

• Two studio visits with a selected art critic/curator/arts professional.

• $2,000 travel stipend to attend a book arts conference such as CODEX, College Book Art Association (CBAA), New York Art Book Fair, etc.

• Opportunity to participate in a public panel discussion with selected national artist or critic in the field to develop a dialogue related to their art practice.

• $1000 to spend on a custom tutorial with an established artist/practitioner in the field.

• $750 to spend on documentation support (website development, photography, video)

• MCBA Artist Collective membership during fellowship year and year after fellowship, which grants unlimited access to MCBA’s letterpress, papermaking, and bookbinding studios and equipment.

• Opportunity to attend an artist residency within two years of fellowship program.

Application Cycle: December 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021 at 12:00PM (noon) CST.

Start your application early and carefully review the McKnight Fellowship for Book Artists Application Guidelines for eligibility, program benefits, and application selection process prior to starting your application.

I. Fellowship Timeline

December 1, 2020 – March 1, 2021

Application Cycle Open

Thursday, January 7, 2021 6PM-7PM CST

Information Session via Zoom (to be posted on MCBA’s website:


Saturday, January 30, 2021 12PM-1PM CST

Information Session via Zoom (to be posted on MCBA’s website:


Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6PM-7PM CST

Information Session via Zoom (to be posted on MCBA’s website:


Monday, March 1, 2021 12PM CST

Application cycle closes

March 2, 2021 - April 15, 2021

Jurors review all applications

Friday, April 16, 2021

Applicants will be notified if they will be moving on to Round 2 as a finalist or if their application has been declined this year.

Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2, 2021

Studio visits with finalists.

*MCBA will help any finalists whose studio is outside of the Twin Cities locate a space to present their work to the jury.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Finalists will be notified of application status.

Winners will be notified by phone call.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Recipients announced to the public

August 1, 2021 - July 31, 2022

2021 Fellowship Period


Applicants are welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (virtually or over the phone) with the Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs before submitting their applications online. Appointments may be made between December 1, 2020 and February 19, 2021.
For further information, contact:
Torey Erin, Director of Exhibitions and Artist Programs

Minnesota Center for Book Arts