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[BKARTS] MCBA Prize Finalists Announced



MINNESOTA CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS ANNOUNCES FIVE FINALISTS FOR INTERNATIONAL
ARTISTS' BOOK PRIZE

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is proud to announce the selection of five
finalists for the inaugural MCBA Prize.

A new biennial initiative from Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the MCBA
Prize is the first in the United States to recognize excellence in book art
from across the field and around the world. The winning artist also receives
a $2000 cash prize. A jury selected the five finalists from a field of 113
submissions from 10 nations around the world. "All of the entries embodied
our goals for the MCBA Prize: to recognize book art from across disciplines
and to celebrate the diversity of the art form," MCBA Artistic Director Jeff
Rathermel stated. "In reviewing the submissions, we were impressed by the
quality of work presented, the array of creative methods used, and the mix
of traditional and contemporary approaches."

The five finalists for the 2009 MCBA Prize are (in alphabetical order):
"Panorama" by Julie Chen (Berkeley, California)
"Avalanche" by Clifton Meador (Chicago, Illinois)
"Requiem" by Jan Owen (Belfast, Maine)
"Bomb" by Simon Redington (London, United Kingdom)
"Durs Grünbein: 26°57.3'N, 142°16.8'E" by Veronika Schäpers (Tokyo, Japan)

To view images of the five finalists' works and all other submitted works,
visit http://www.mnbookarts.org/mcbaprize.

Jurors were selected to reflect varied perspectives and considerable
expertise in book arts: artist, designer and educator Scott McCarney; artist
and Arizona State University professor John Risseeuw; and Wellesley College
special collections librarian Ruth Rogers.

The five finalists' work will be on display at MCBA beginning July 21, with
the announcement of the winning work at the MCBA Prize celebration evening
on Saturday, July 25, 2009. The evening includes a social hour with
cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, the award ceremony and presentation, then
champagne and a dessert buffet for attendees, artists and special guests.
Tickets for the celebration evening and award ceremony are available through
MCBA's website (http://www.mnbookarts.org) or by calling 612 215 2520.

The award ceremony and celebration evening conclude MCBA's Book Art
Biennial, a day of academic presentations and panel discussions on the role
of art ? and artists' books in particular ? as agents of social change,
advocacy and activism, as well as the contemporary practice of and current
issues in book arts. More information about Book Art Biennial is available
on MCBA's website (http://www.mnbookarts.org/biennial).

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As the largest and most comprehensive center of its kind in the nation,
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 adults, teens,
youth, families and teachers. MCBA is located in the Open Book building in
downtown Minneapolis, along with The Loft Literary Center, Rosalux Gallery
and Milkweed Editions. For more information, visit
http://www.mnbookarts.org.

                                    
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