Thursday, June 12, 2014

Minnesota Center for Book Arts Artist-in-Residence Program

Deadline: November 1, 2014 {ONLINE}

Artist-in-Residence Program
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Minneapolis MN
Spring 2015

MCBA’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is designed to support selected artists by providing financial and community resources, space, and access to equipment to assist in the creation and promotion of their work. Residencies may be from two weeks to three months in duration. Participation in the program is based on the artistic merit of proposed projects as well as the degree to which artists further MCBA’s artistic mission: to lead the advancement of the book as an evolving art form.

MCBA envisions a world where book art is created, cultivated, celebrated and understood as a vital and lasting expression of culture. While integrating the elements of papermaking, bookbinding, printing, typography and graphic design, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of the book format.

Selection Process and Criteria

Applications and supporting materials will be reviewed by MCBA staff and panelists from the book arts community. A variety of factors will be used to assess residency candidates. Basic criteria are listed below. These elements should be clearly articulated in the candidate’s letter of intent, project description, artist statement and resume. They should also be supported by work submitted for visual review.
  • Technical expertise as demonstrated through the artist’s body of work and practical experience
  • The specificity and clarity of artistic goals as expressed through the artist’s project description and artist statement
  • The degree to which the residency benefits the artist’s further development
  • A readiness by the artist to engage with MCBA’s community
  • An understanding of and willingness to work in a shared-studio environment
  • MCBA’s ability to offer support and equipment needed for project

Artist-in-Residence Benefits

  • $2000 stipend for supplies, travel and/or living expenses
  • 24-hour access to MCBA facilities and equipment, including a dedicated AIR studio with a press, cutting equipment and storage space
  • Consignment opportunity through The Shop at MCBA (acceptance of consignment works is at the discretion of Shop staff.)
  • Exhibition opportunities
  • Support from a community of working artists

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Online Application and Submission Guidelines:

For further information about Artist Residency opportunities at MCBA, contact us at

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Ave. S. #100
Minneapolis MN 55415
Phone: 612-215-2520
Fax: 612-215-2545