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Join MCBA for New Editions, Nov 30 & Dec 1

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) invites the community to attend New Editions, a two-day event that celebrates and fosters the collection of book art. Over 130 new original works—from chapbooks and zines, to broadsides, artist’s books, and fine press editions—will be available for viewing and purchase. The curated offerings will include something for everyone, from the most seasoned collector to the newest enthusiast, with items at a wide variety of prices.

New Editions begins on Friday, November 30 from 6-9pm with a special preview night. Be the first to explore and purchase a curated collection of bookish works from Minnesota and around the country. At 7pm, learn more about the importance of collecting book art from a panel of artists, featuring Harriet Bart, Regula Russelle, and Gaylord Schanilec, and moderated by Karen Wirth. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, craft wine and beer, and creative company with other book and art lovers. Tickets are $50 and available for purchase on MCBA’s website or in The Shop at MCBA. Each ticket holder receives a commemorative limited edition broadside printed by Laura Brown during the event.

New Editions continues with a public sale on Saturday, December 1 from 10am-4pm. Attendees will be able to find special gifts for those on their shopping list, or treat themselves to a unique work of art. Saturday’s event is free and open to the public, and seasonal refreshments will be provided.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the book as a vibrant contemporary art form that takes many shapes. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and hand bookbinding to experimental artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts through book arts workshops and programming for adults, youth, families, K-12 students and teachers. MCBA is located in the Open Book building in downtown Minneapolis, alongside partner organizations The Loft Literary Center and Milkweed Editions.

Artist panel bios:

Harriet Bart creates evocative content through the narrative power of objects, the theater of installation, and the intimacy of artist’s books. Her installations, objects, and books have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Germany. She has completed more than a dozen public art commissions in the United States, Japan, and Israel. She is a guest lecturer, curator, and founding member of the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts in Minneapolis, MN. Bart has been the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, NEA Arts Midwest, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Since 2000 she has published twelve fine-press artist’s books and won three Minnesota Book Awards. Her work is included in many museum, university, and private collections, including: Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, Jewish Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry. She is a current McKnight Visual Arts Fellow. In 2020 The Weisman Art Museum will present a retrospective of Harriet Bart’s work.

Regula Russelle is a Minnesota Book Artist award winner for her body of work and contributions to the book arts community. Her work has been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. Regula’s work can be found in public collections, on kitchen bulletin boards, and in the occasional handbag. These days, she enjoys packing large questions into tiny books and zines — work that is affordable, and sometimes free. In addition, she is also an enthusiastic collector of books and zines, most of these happily purchased for under $75.

Gaylord Schanilec, noted for his color wood engravings, established his own press, Midnight Paper Sales, in 1980. Since then he has published more than 25 books under his imprint, as well as accepted numerous commissions including works for The Gregynog Press in Wales and the Grolier Club of New York. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Carl Hertzog award for excellence in book design, and the Gregynog prize. He is an Honorary Member of the Double Crown Club, and an active member of the Typophiles, the Ampersand Club, and the Fine Press Book Association. His work is represented in most major book arts collections in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and the archive of his working materials is held at the University of Minnesota.

Karen Wirth’s work explores the relationships between words, objects, and space through artist’s books, sculpture, installation, public art, and critical writing. Her work has been exhibited extensively in collections in the United States, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Walker Art Center, and in Africa and Europe through the US State Department. Wirth co-designed four Minneapolis light rail transit stations and she served as the artist administrator for conceptual design. She co-designed and co-fabricated the Gail See Staircase at Open Book in Minneapolis. Wirth is a founding board member of the College Book Art Association and served on the board of Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Wirth’s artist’s books are in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art Library, the Getty Center, and Yale University. Her writing has been included in many journals and magazines, including the Journal of Artists’ Books and Places magazine. Wirth has been awarded Bush, McKnight, Jerome, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and an American Council on Education Leadership Fellowship. She is the Interim President and professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Minnesota and a BFA in art education from the University of Wisconsin. Certified to teach K–12 art, she has taught at every level from preschool to graduate school.

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