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    New Editions Call For Book Art at Minnesota Center for Book Arts

    Application Open Call June 24 – August 26, 2019

    Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is a visual arts nonprofit organization that supports creative expression through traditional and contemporary book arts, including papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing. MCBA’s philosophy and artistic vision challenges its artist community to think beyond the traditional notion of the “book.” Today, books can be bound and unbound, fabricated into sculptures, interpreted as metaphor, experienced as installation or performance, and interacted with virtually. What unites this varied work is a focus on the interdisciplinary expression of narrative.
    Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) seeks submissions for the upcoming event, New Editions in MCBA’s Main Gallery on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 2019.
    New Editions is an annual, two-day celebration of new artist book publications, featuring local and internationally created artist books, photo books, chapbooks, zines, broadsides, and hand printed work. New Editions offers something for everyone, from seasoned collectors to new enthusiasts, with items listed at a variety of price points.

    About the Event:
    Friday, October 18, 7PM-10PM: New Editions Ticketed Preview Party
    Featuring selected artists works, Book Arts StorySlam, catered food, wine, and beer.
    Saturday, October 19, 10AM-3PM: New Editions sale free and open to the public!

    Application Call and Selection Process
    Application Open Call open from June 24 – August 26, 2019.
    All applications are due August 26, 2019 at 11:59PM CST.

    Application Requirements
    Artwork submitted must have been created between June 2018 and August 2019.
    Artists may submit up to 10 images. Each file must be under 4MB in size. Images must be labeled ArtistFirstNameArtistLastName_Title.filetype (ex: JanetHall_Waterfall.jpg). One image can be an entire book or zine in PDF form.
    Books/Prints with text: Include a PDF with several/all images of your book as one Image. If you are only submitting one image, the book text must be visible to be reviewed completely by the jury; please include a document of full book text in the section “FULL BOOK TEXT”. Applicants who do not include a document of full book text will not be considered.
    Artist must include retail price of each artwork submitted in application.
    Artists have the option of including up to 3 videos per application. Each video submitted will replace 2 images (Example: If you choose to upload 2 videos, you may only include 6 images). Videos may be uploaded directly or may include a link to Vimeo or Youtube.

    Artists must include a corresponding Image list with Title of artwork, Date created, Medium, Retail Price.

    Applications are submitted through the online platform Submittable. To begin you will create a new account. Once you have created a new account you will be able to fill out the application form, upload images, resume, and project proposal.

    You can return to the application site as many times as you like until you complete your submission. Once you hit submit you will no longer be able to log in and make any changes to your submission.

    Jury Process
    The jury will be composed of MCBA Staff and professional book artists.
    MCBA reserves the right to refuse any application submissions.
    Artists will be notified about accepted submissions by Friday, September 20, 2019.

    Accepted work
    All work must be ready to sell. All prints must arrive wrapped in cellophane with a backing board.
    Accepted artwork must arrive to MCBA no later than Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
    Artists are responsible for the cost of shipping work to MCBA.
    Artists agree to sell work at MCBA under consignment terms of 60/40, with artist retaining 60% of the purchase price.
    Artwork will remain on consignment in the MCBA Shop after the New Editions event.

    After April 2020, all unsold work will be returned to the artist. MCBA will pay for return shipping.
    If you have any questions about the submission process, e-mail Torey Erin at


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