The National Endowment for the Arts Awards Invitational Grant to MCB! Happy New Year Missouri!

( The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, generously supports the MCB's highly acclaimed, "The Celebration of the Art of the Book" )

The Missouri Center for the Book is pleased to present a travelling exhibition of printed books, the book arts and printing history.  Curated by John Hoover, director of The Mercantile Library and MCB board member, the exhibition will delight readers and artists througout our state.  

The collection of printing history housed in Missouri's oldest library, that of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, founded in 1846, is deep and has grown into a superb research collection which can illustrate the development of fine printing and the history of the printed book through the past five centuries.  The Center for the Book is grateful that the Mercantile, held in the public's trust at the University of Missouri-St. Louis,  was enthusiastically willing to loan examples from its collection for local programs in Kansas City, Kirksville, Springfield, West Plains and Warrensburg.  This exhibition, titled, "Art of the Printed Book Through the Centuries", builds upon our previous successful exhibition in celebrating Book Arts.  It documents the origins of fine printing, how it developed to a very high level in England in the nineteenth century and then in America in the twentieth century, becoming a worldwide art form in the traditional format of binding with the familiar medium of paper, in the twenty- first century.   Several workshops and activities promoting the importance and sheer joy of engaging with the physical book will accompany the exhibition in some locations.

Details of dates and times will be updated as they become available.   Thank you for your patience and for checking back.  Following is the general schedule to date:

Springfield Area:                                Late January - May  (Three locations: Meyer Library at MSU, The Library Station and West Plains)
Warrensburg; Univ. of Central Mo       June - August
Kansas City; KC Public Library          August - October 
Kirksville; Truman State Univ.           October - December