Book arts explored at MCBA tonight

​​Tonight the Minnesota Center for Book Arts will roll out a new exhibit featuring work from the four recipients of the "MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship Series X."

The artists were chosen in the fall of 2009, and this show is the long-awaited culmination of their year of fellowship and exploration into book arts, from papermaking, to letterpress printing, to hand bookbinding, to experimental art, to self-publishing techniques.

​From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, the new MCBA exhibit will be open to the public, with a short program and presentation by each artist at 7:30 p.m. The show highlights each artist's fellowship year and guided journey in which they expanded their artistry by delving deeper into the wide range of book arts. 

"The MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship Series X" includes work from artist and MCAD educator Bethany Kalk, printmaker Anna King, wood engraver and printmaker Joanne Price, and artist and U of M - Duluth educator Cecilia Ramón. 

​The Jerome Foundation has helped artists like King, Price, Ramón, and Kalk push past the boundaries of what is considered traditional book arts in order to stretch their own skills while broadening the depth of talent in Minnesota. 

Minnesota artists and Jerome Foundation fellows include printers, papermakers, binders, painters, sculptors, poets, photographers, essayists, and others. From fine press volumes to installations that break the bindings, so to speak, these fellows continue to rework the conventional ideas of book form and content. 

Kalk's project The River from North Mississippi Regional Park creates a portrait of a single spot on the river in Minneapolis from winter through fall, and King's fine press project Chickens in the City documents the intriguing way 10 families raise chickens in south Minneapolis. 

​Pierce uses old and new technologies for creating her hand-carved wood engravings, metal type, and polymer plate letterpress printing to explore fairytale notions in The Palm Tree Story, a traditional Columbian tale. Ramón's series, On a spacious sense of self I / II / III, explores the sense of self in spiritual and philosophical contexts in three one-of-a-kind sculptural books using paper, vellum, and wood.

The exhibit will be open from November 12 through February 6, 2011 at the MCBA on Washington in Minneapolis.