(Released May 28, 2013)
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is proud to announce the five finalists for The MCBA Prize 2013. In this year’s competition, a three-member jury reviewed 192 submissions from over 160 artists representing 22 nations around the world, and narrowed the field to five finalists. These five works will be judged at MCBA during Book Art Biennial 2013, a two-day academic symposium on contemporary practice in the book arts. The winner will be announced at a gala award ceremony on Saturday, July 27. The five finalists each receive a $500 cash award, plus a travel stipend to attend Book Art Biennial and The MCBA Prize Gala; the winner receives an additional $2,000 cash award.

Finalists for The MCBA Prize 2013 (in alphabetical order):
Amy Borezo, Labor/Movement (seven workers)
Inge Bruggeman, the infinite between us
NewLights Press / Aaron Cohick, What You Will
Clifton Meador, A Repeated Misunderstanding of Nature
Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen, Glimpse

The jury also awarded three Special Recognitions of Merit:
Maureen Cummins, Accounting
Marlene MacCallum, Glaze: Reveal and Veiled
Heidi Neilson, Atlas Dream Sequence

The MCBA Prize 2013 jury consists of:
Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), University of the West of England;
Sandra Kroupa, Curator of Book Arts and Rare Books at the University of Washington Libraries;
Buzz Spector, book, installation and mixed media artist, and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Honored works will be on display at MCBA from July 19 through August 4, 2013.

The winner will be announced live at The MCBA Prize Gala on Saturday, July 27. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music while you take in the five finalists’ work and mingle with artists and special guests. Then attend the evening’s program and witness the presentation of The MCBA Prize. Stay and celebrate with champagne and a dessert buffet following the ceremony. This event has sold out every year since the inaugural award was presented. Gala tickets ($50/$100 VIP) are available online at BookArtBiennial.org, or by calling The Shop at MCBA at 612 215 2520.

The MCBA Prize is presented in conjunction with Book Art Biennial 2013 (July 25-28), a series of events, exhibitions and workshops that explore contemporary practice in the book arts. This year’s Biennial programming explores in depth the common threads between book art and film. Historically as well as in contemporary practice, artists blur and perforate the boundaries between these two disciplines, both of which are time-based and grounded in sequential visual communication. From examinations of contemporary innovations in visual narrative to the influence of classic filmmaking on mid-century book design, the 2013 Symposium will continue a tradition of stimulating critical thinking and dialogue. To learn more or to register, visit BookArtBiennial.org or call The Shop at MCBA at 612 215 2520.