Book Art Biennial 2015 and The MCBA Prize Gala

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Book Art Biennial 2015
July 23-26, 2015

2015 marks not only the next convening of Book Art Biennial, but MCBA’s 30th Anniversary as well! Celebrate this milestone by joining us for this very special series of events. For complete information, visit

Through workshops, lectures, panel conversations, exhibitions, and a gala celebration and awards ceremony, Book Art Biennial invites artists, educators, curators and scholars to explore current trends in contemporary artists’ books.

Pre-Biennial Workshops
Thursday and Friday, July 23–24; 10am–5pm

Three very special workshops will be offered prior to the Book Art Biennial. Each is designed to inspire students and demonstrate the intersection of historical craft with contemporary content:
  – Inventive Bindings with Yo Yamazaki, book artist and fine binder based in Tokyo, Japan
  – Adding Color and Pattern to Your Materials with Jana Pullman, prize-winning fine binder, proprietor of Western Slope Bindery, and member of MCBA’s Core Faculty
  – Wood Engraving: Color and Collage with Joanne Price, printmaker, book artist and president of the Wood Engravers’ Network

Workshops will be conducted in MCBA’s world-class studios; participants at all skill levels are welcome. Register early; space is limited.

Book Arts Art Crawl
Friday, July 24; 6–9pm

New this year is a free citywide Book Arts Art Crawl in celebration of MCBA’s 30th Anniversary; participating venues include MCBA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), the Walker Art Center Library, and Form + Content Gallery.

Presented at the Walker Art Center Library:
Highlights and recent acquisitions from the Rosemary Furtak Artist’s Book Collection

Presented at Minneapolis College of Art and Design:
The Book in Extremis
An exploration of where the fine arts, media arts, and design fields have taken the notion of the book, through the work of over 20 local and national artists and designers

Presented at Form + Content Gallery:
Common Denominators: An Invitational Exhibition of Five Book Artists
Work by Inge Bruggeman, Daniel Essig, Karen Kunc, Sara Langworthy and Gaylord Schanilec

Presented at Minnesota Center for Book Arts:
The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book
Reader’s Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected
The MCBA Prize 2015 Finalists and Merit Honorees

Book Art Biennial Symposium
The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book
Saturday and Sunday, July 25–26; 10am–4pm

Speakers and panelists include Jae Jennifer Rossman, Assistant Director for Special Collections, Yale University Library; Aaron Cohick, proprietor of NewLights Press and master printer at The Press at Colorado College; Daniel E. Kelm, book artist and founder of the Garage Annex School for Book Arts; Joanne Price, printmaker, book artist and president of the Wood Engravers’ Network; Warren Lehrer, author, designer and artist; and more. For a detailed schedule, visit

MCBA’s 30th Anniversary Gala
and presentation of the 2015 MCBA Prize
Saturday, July 25; 7pm

The centerpiece of this year’s Book Art Biennial is the awarding of The MCBA Prize at our 30th Anniversary Gala and Award Ceremony. Guests will enjoy wine and cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music by the Jimmy Kennedy Jazz Trio, while they experience exhibitions of extraordinary artwork and mingle with artists and special guests. The evening’s program begins at 8:30pm, emceed by Minnesota Public Radio arts host and producer Marianne Combs, where the winner of The MCBA Prize 2015 will be revealed, followed by champagne, pour-over coffees by Blue Ox Coffee, and desserts. VIP guests are invited to a pre-reception craft beer and spirits tasting, featuring Norseman Distillery and Dangerous Man Brewing Co., paired with light snacks and delicacies; this reception also offers the opportunity for guests to experience the finalist works in a more intimate setting.

Coordinated Exhibitions:

The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book
April 8 – July 26, 2015

At the most fundamental level, a book is a contained narrative. This exhibition brings definition to the artist’s book by focusing on such varied practices as “Bound and Unbound,” “The Virtual Book,” “Book as Environment” and more. Curated by Cathy Ryan. Exhibition sponsors: Daily Printing Inc. and Neenah Paper.


Readers Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected
May 8 – July 26, 2015

Readers Art highlights work by emerging book arts students responding to the theme of “containment.” Presented in collaboration with the College Book Art Association and Susan Hensel Gallery.