“This Is Book Art” at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary year, MCBA hosts a series of free presentations and reduced price workshops throughout 2015, offering opportunities for interaction, discussion and skill-building with leaders in the field. At each month’s Book Arts Roundtable artists’ talks, you can learn more about the field of book arts and about each teaching artist’s work. Roundtables are free and held in MCBA’s studios. 

Numerous internationally renowned book, paper and print artists call the Twin Cities home; MCBA is proud to feature five of them in this series. Jody Williams’ and Jana Pullman’s workshops both sold out quickly; the series continues with the following.

“The Traditional Codex and its Contemporary Uses”

with Jana Pullman of Western Slope Bindery

Free artist’s talk Friday, March 20; 7pm

Workshop Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22; 10am-5pm (sold out)

“Objectifying the Book Object”

with Wilber H. “Chip” Schilling of Indulgence Press

Free artist’s talk Friday, April 24; 7pm

Workshop Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26; 10am-4pm

“Handmade Paper in Three Dimensions”

with paper and textile artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Free artist’s talk Friday, May 15; 7pm

Workshop Two Saturdays: May 16 and 23; 10am-5pm

“Message and Medium: Connected Content through the Book Arts”

with Regula Russelle of Cedar Fence Press

Free artist’s talk Friday, June 12; 7pm

Workshop Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14; 10am-5pm

Workshops require pre-registration; each workshop is $125 plus a $20 supply fee. Normally $290 or more, these workshops are discounted thanks to special support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced.

Workshop participants also receive free admission to the Book Art Biennial Symposium (July 25-26, 2015) and an opportunity to share their artwork as part of our community exhibition, Parts of a Whole III (August through October 2015).

MCBA's 30th Anniversary:

For 30 years, Minnesota Center for Book Arts has led the advancement of the book as an evolving art form. We envision a world where book art is created, cultivated, celebrated, and understood as a vital and lasting expression of culture. MCBA’s thirty-year heritage demonstrates how traditional craft intersects with contemporary content. In celebration of our 30th anniversary in 2015, we are proud to present a yearlong series of exhibitions, public programs, classes, celebrations, and honors, all of which reinforce our role as a leader in shaping and defining the field. Events take place throughout 2015, including exhibitions, open houses, special events and much more.

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For more information about the "This Is Book Art" workshop and roundtable series, visit: 


For an outline of special events, exhibitions and public programming in celebration of our 30th Anniversary, please visit:


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts at Open Book

1011 Washington Ave S, First Floor

Minneapolis MN 55415

Phone 612.215.2520

Fax 612.215.2545


As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation, Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to non-traditional artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts. To learn more, visit our website at http://www.mnbookarts.org.

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