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.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts invites teaching artists who practice letterpress printing, papermaking, paper decoration, bookbinding, screen printing, design, and related arts to submit proposals for workshops.

We are always looking for new, inventive, and diverse proposals for workshops. Workshops are selected based on current programmatic needs, while seeking to cover a variety of core book-related processes for a range of learners from beginner to seasoned practitioner.

MCBA offers workshops in three sessions each year: Winter (January-April), Summer (May-August), and Fall (September-December). We accept proposals three times a year with deadlines for each session occurring about four months prior to the start of the session. The deadline to submit workshop proposals for Summer 2020 is January 6th. 

Feel free to reach out prior to writing a proposal by emailing adulted@mnbookarts.org, with a title and description of your workshop.

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 



  • 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. Dues are $115 per month for degree-seeking students and recent graduates for up to five years after graduation.  

SHORT TERM MEMBERSHIP: A limited number of short-term memberships (minimum of three months to a maximum of five months) may be available, based on studio capacity. Short-term membership dues are $195 per month. Member cannot defer during short term membership. 

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 our Open Studio program. Open Studios are held every Tuesday from 4-9 pm, and provide artists with regular, low-cost access to our studios and equipment outside of workshops and classes. Four selected fellows will work each Tuesday from 6-9 pm, totaling 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. 

Contact MCBA's Exhibitions and Artist Programs Manager at Terin@mnbooks.org with any questions about membership guidelines, fees, or benefits.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Call for Book Related Installation Art in the Outlook Gallery on Washington Avenue for the 2020-2021 exhibition cycle.

Application deadline: December 31 at 11:59 CST

Application cycle:  October 2 - December 31, 2019

About MCBA:

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is a nonprofit visual arts organization that supports creative expression through traditional and contemporary book arts, including papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing. MCBA’s philosophy and artistic vision challenges its artist community to think beyond the traditional notion of the “book.” Today, books can be bound and unbound, fabricated into sculptures, interpreted as metaphor, experienced as installation or performance, and interacted with virtually. What unites this varied work is a focus on the interdisciplinary expression of narrative.

The Outlook Gallery:

Minnesota Center for Book Arts’ Outlook Gallery is a unique window gallery space at the front of the Open Book Building, designed to engage and delight pedestrians, commuters, and cyclists along Washington Avenue. It is visible day and night to hundreds of passersby in a vibrant area of Downtown Minneapolis, close to the Stone Arch Bridge, Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, the University of Minnesota, Light Rail Station, and US Bank Stadium.   

The Outlook Gallery measures 14’ tall by 4.5’ w x 6’ d with a large backdrop wall.  Moveable clamp lights are attached to the ceiling and there are fluorescent lights vertically installed lining both sides of the window.  The gallery space is also accessible through the Shop at MCBA, which offers an inspirational collection of handmade artists’ books, prints, cards, and art supplies. The Outlook Gallery fosters community engagement through artwork to inspire an appreciation for creativity, curiosity, and place.

Selected artists will receive a two-month exhibition and exposure through MCBA’s Newsletter and a special feature on MCBA’s website and social media platforms.  Artists are responsible for artwork installation (MCBA will provide assistance), art materials, and shipping/handling of artwork to and from MCBA. Artists applying outside of Minneapolis must provide detailed installation instructions, all materials, and sketches for MCBA’s installation team.

Past Outlook Gallery artists include: Anna E. Orbovich (Minneapolis, MN), Proof Public (Minneapolis, MN), Nooshin Hakim Javadi (Minneapolis, MN), Sonja Peterson (Minneapolis, MN), Megan Burchett & Maddie Zerkel (Minneapolis, MN), Kelly Taylor Mitchell (Richmond, VA), Niki Havekost, and Alyssa Baguss (Minneapolis, MN). 

Upcoming Outlook Gallery artists include: Jonathan Herrera-Soto (Minneapolis, MN) and Krystal Ramirez (Las Vegas, NV).

For any questions about the Outlook Gallery application, please contact Terin@mnbookarts.org

Follow the link below for more information and application…

Application deadline: December 31 at 11:59 CST

Application cycle:  October 2 - December 31, 2019

Applications are submitted through the online platform Submittable. To begin you will create a new account. Once you have created a new account you will be able to fill out the application form, upload images, resume, and project proposal.

You can return to the application site as many times as you like until you complete your submission. Once you hit submit you will no longer be able to log in and make any changes to your submission.

Project Proposal and Timeline:

  1. Applicants must submit a realistic proposal and timeline that demonstrates applicants’ vision and how they will utilize MCBA’s Outlook Gallery. Strong project proposals make a clear connection between work samples, artist’s current practice, and a connection to book art (paper, print, text, type, book binding, sequence, narrative, poetry, etc).  Timeline: Artists will have four days to install their artwork during MCBA Shop hours.
  2. Applicants must include a sketch, illustration, or diagram of proposed installation.


Applicants may include up to 6 work samples as digital images.  Full images and detail images acceptable. Image files should be saved in JPEG format (the filename will end with .jpg) at 72 ppi and 1920 pixels at the longest side, and no larger than 4 MB.

Image Description:

Applicants must provide the following information for each work sample submitted: the title of the work; medium or media; dimensions of the actual image or object; and the date (year) of creation.


Applicants must submit a current artist résumé (any length) Examples of professional artist résumés are available at the College Art Association website: collegeart.org/guidelines/resume.

A Note to Artists Applying as a Collaborative Team:

Applicants applying as a collaborative team must provide one resume for each applicant member of the team. 

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by the MCBA Program Task Force which includes both MCBA Staff and Board members who are themselves practicing artists. Applicants will be notified of selection in January 2020. 

Please email Torey Erin, Exhibitions and Artist Programs Manager at Terin@mnbookarts.org with any questions regarding the application.

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 mid-career 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.

Application Cycle: December 1, 2019 - March 1, 2020 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.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts