Director John Cutrone

John comes to JCBA as a letterpress printer, bookbinder and papermaker. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and of the MFA in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama, and is one half of the partnership that makes up Convivio Bookworks, a small press and book arts studio in nearby Lake Worth. His favorite book is The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving. He reads some Washington Irving every time he catches a cold.

Image: Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times, 1936

Coordinator of International Programs Jeanne Jaffe

Guiletta Massina, Guiletta Massina 1957

Jeanne Jaffe is a multi-disciplinary artist whose installations explore mythology, psychology, and history, many of the themes found in the books at the Jaffe Center. Jeanne comes to JCBA from the Fine Arts Department at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where she is Professor Emeritus. She is also a visiting artist at Xian Academy of Fine Arts during the fall semester each year and is enthusiastic about the enrichment that develops from international exchange. Her favorite book is The Little Prince by St Exupery, with a close second being The Dream and the Underworld by James Hillman.

Image: Guiletta Massina in Nights of Cabiria, 1957

Cataloger Daniel Scheide

Bela Lugosi, Dracula 1931

Daniel is a cataloger, both for the Jaffe Center and for Special Collections in general. He has degrees from Berklee College of Music and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is very active in the Association of Jewish Libraries. If asked to pick a favorite book, he would most likely choose The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami and then spend the rest of the day second-guessing that choice. He's got two sides / and they're both friends.

Image: Bela Lugosi in Dracula, 1931

Office Manager Eric Bush

Eric, a native born son of Florida, earned his B.A. right here at Florida Atlantic University. He is currently pursuing a second degree in Information Systems Management while helping to manage the Jaffe Center. He is always happy to bore you with historical facts regarding Roman Antiquity, Middle Age Islam, or early Irish Independence Movements and if you are really not careful, you might receive a lecture upon Westerosian current affairs! The book he found most enlightening, Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius.

Image: Clark Gable in After Office Hours, 1935

Student Specialist Helen Edmunds

Helen, a native to south Florida, started her studies at Florida Atlantic University in the Fall of 2017. While a frequent attendant of The Jaffe Centers events, she did not start working at the center until the Fall of 2018. She is studying Studio art and Sociology at the FAU College of Arts and Letters and is expected to graduate in 2021. Her favorite book is: The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller.

Image: Debbie Reynolds in Hit the Deck, 1955

Book Reviewer Judith Klau

Judith writes most of the reviews of artists' books that you'll find on our website. She spends winters in Florida, which makes her a proverbial snowbird, but while most snowbirds spend their days playing golf, Judith is much more content researching artists' books and writing about them. And if we ever have a question about Shakespeare, we know who to ask. Favorite book? Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

Image: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961