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Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift


Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift

ENTRIES DUE April 7, 2017

Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) seeks art for inclusion in Reader’s Art: Control/Alt/Shift — a juried exhibition of artists' books that explore one or more of three related themes: the politics of control; alternative methods of public discourse; and the ever-shifting nature of social norms and values. This exhibition continues the tradition of the “Reader’s Art” exhibitions organized for many years by the Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis, MN. At the Susan Hensel Gallery “Reader’s Art” explored the broad theme of narrative in the arts. As the new home of these popular shows, MCBA is dedicated to continuing Hensel's tradition of supporting new voices, emerging artists and students. The exhibition will be presented June 9 through August 13, 2017 with a reception on Friday, July 21, 2017.

Readers Art: Control/Alt/Shift will be on view during MCBA's Book Art Biennial, and will be incorporated as a visual resource to inform discussion during the event's symposium on July 22-23, 2017. For more information regarding the Book Art Biennial, visit

All media and formats are welcome. There is no entry or participation fee. Selected artists will be responsible for all shipping costs. While on view, all work will be fully insured and presented in secure cases.

To be considered, email the following to by April 7, 2017:

1. No more than two digital images per work. Images should be attached as low resolution JPEGs. Multiple entries are allowed but each entry should be sent as a separate email.

2. In the body of the email, provide the following information:

Artist name(s)
Mailing address (no postal boxes)
Email address
Telephone number
Title of work
Year of completion
Insurance value
Special installation instructions (if applicable)
Other descriptive information you feel is necessary

3. Place “ENTRY” in the subject line of your email. Entries must be received by April 7, 2017.

Work will be juried by Susan Hensel (artist and curator) and Jeff Rathermel (MCBA's Executive Director). Selected artists will be notified by April 14, 2017. Selected artists' works must be received/delivered to MCBA no later than May 19, 2017. Work will be returned by September 8, 2017. More specific shipping information will be provided to selected artists.

Questions regarding this exhibition may be sent to; please place “QUESTION” in the subject line.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

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 bookbinding to non-traditional artmaking and self-publishing techniques, MCBA supports the limitless creative evolution of book arts. To learn more, visit our website at

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