Saturday, January 15, 2011

MCBA Prize: Internationl Artists Book Award

Deadline: April 8, 2011 at 5pm {Central U.S. time zone} (ONLINE)

MCBA Prize
Internationl Artists Book Award

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Minneapolis, MN
July 30, 2011

The MCBA Prize is the first honor in the United States to recognize book art from across the field and around the world. The MCBA Prize celebrates the diversity of book art and encourages discussion rather than limiting recognition to one aspect of this vital field.

Integrity will determine the winning work. Integrity refers to a unity of form, materials and content that reflects an artist's vision.

Book art in a broadly defined field. Forms, processes, traditions and approaches are open. Work may include unique book objects, altered books, graphic novels, 'zines, concrete poetry, conceptual, visual and literary works. Processes may include any printing or printmaking methods such as photo-mechanical, hand-worked, analog/digital, relief printmaking, letterpress, intaglio, and screen-printing, as well as hand-lettering. Works may be in edition or unique.

The finished work can depart from a bound book format to engage metaphors of the book in sculpture or installation. Work can be created collaboratively, but ultimately must result from an artist or artists' vision and active participation.

All artists who use the book format as their primary means of expression are eligible to apply. Accepted works may range from hand-printed fine press books, to inexpensive pamphlets, to one-of-a-kind sculptural works that reference the role of the book in contemporary society. All techniques, approaches and methods of creative expression will be considered. Artists may submit multiple entries.
- Work must have been completed since August 1, 2009.
- Students are not eligible, nor is work completed as part of a degree-granting program.
- MCBA staff and board members are not eligible.
- Collaborative works are eligible with the consent of all involved parties.

The five finalists will be announced May 27, 2011. The winner will be announced at the MCBA Prize Celebration on July 30, 2011.

5 Finalists receive a $500 award, free participation in the Book Art Biennial and $750 travel and lodging stipend if the finalist chooses to attend the Biennial. Additional support for travel may be offered based on need and availability.
1 Winner receives an additional $2000 award (in addition to $500 finalist award and $750 travel and lodging stipend to attend the Biennial).

$35.00 per entry

All entries must be submitted electronically. Complete the online entry form, providing all necessary information.

Visit website to view complete prospectus including link to online entry form:

Contact Jeff Rathermel, MCBA Executive Director, at

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612.215.2520
Fax: 612.215.2545