Book Art Biennial 2015 and The MCBA Prize Gala

Book Art Biennial 2015
Save the Date: 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.

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. Registration info and additional details for each component will be released in early spring 2015.

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

Explore new techniques hands-on with teaching artists Yo Yamazaki, Joanne Price and Jana Pullman.

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

Enjoy coordinated receptions across downtown Minneapolis, including MCBA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Form + Content Gallery, and the Walker Art Center Library.

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 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 Kelm, book artist and founder of the Garage Annex School for Book Arts; and Joanne Price, printmaker, book artist and president of the Wood Engravers’ Network.

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

The centerpiece of Book Art Biennial is the awarding of The MCBA Prize, a unique international award that showcases and honors the best artists’ books in the world, hosted by Minnesota Public Radio arts maven Marianne Combs.

Coordinated Exhibitions:

The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book
April 8 – July 26, 2015
Opening reception Friday, May 8; 6–9pm

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.

Readers Art: Concealed, Confined and Collected
May 8 – July 26, 2015
Opening reception May 8 in coordination with The Contained Narrative

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.