Minnesota Center for Book Arts Announces New Executive Director

Jeff Rathermel chosen as leader to define and implement expanded artistic vision

Online PR News – 27-October-2010 – – The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) board of directors announced today that Jeff Rathermel has been chosen as its new executive director following a nationwide six-month search. Rathermel served as interim executive director during this time. He begins in his new position November 1, 2010.

"Jeff's understanding of diverse aspects of the arts, his national book arts reputation and demonstrated organizational leadership were outstanding points in his favor," said Luca Gunther, Minnesota Center for Book Arts board chair. "As discussions with the founders, artists and public developed during the search process, Jeff continued to garner praise and support for his candidacy."

Rathermel is a well-known figure locally after serving as a senior management consultant for the State of Minnesota Department of Administration for nearly a decade and as a faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Carleton College and the College of Visual Arts among others. He has also been the artistic director of MCBA since 2004.

Rathermel's appointment as executive director is a sign that MCBA is refocusing its mission on the artist. Rathermel’s vision for Minnesota Center for Book Arts includes developing existing initiatives such as the Book Art Biennial (scheduled for July 2011), partnering with other art centers to expand educational outreach, and creating new initiatives—also driven by MCBA’s strategic plan—such as the MCBA Collectors Forum.

Rathermel has a master's degree in both fine arts and public affairs and nonprofit management from the University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs respectively. His vast curatorial experience includes "Prints: Now In 3-D!" presently on exhibit at MCBA, "We, Too Are Book Artists: Contemporary African American Book Art," and the Minneapolis production of "Found in Translation" co-produced with Booklyn, an exhibition that traveled to both the San Francisco Center for the Book and New York Center for Book Arts. His own work and collaborations are in a number of museum collections including the Walker Art Center and Yale University.

More about Minnesota Center for Book Arts:

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 http://www.mnbookarts.org.