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The Staff

Tyrone Power in The Mask of Zoro, circa 1940
Arthur Jaffe


Together with his late wife, Mata, Arthur Jaffe donated their collection of books as aesthetic objects, built for over 50 years, to FAU in 1998. Rather than being the end of something, that donation was an inspired beginning, garnering an enthusiastic group of loyal supporters that grows with each passing year. Arthur is a graduate of Penn State University, and was a partner in Jaffe Department Stores of Ohio and Pennsylvania before he and Mata moved to Boca Raton in the 1980s. You will often find him here at JCBA and it's not at all surprising to see him come in with a new book under his arm. Arthur's not so sure he has a favorite book... but the book that may have inspired all that has lead to where we are now? "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe. Image: Tyrone Power in The Mask of Zoro, circa 1940

Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times, 1936
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


Clark Gable in After Office Hours, 1935
  Eric Bush
Office Manager


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

Margaret Lockwood in The Lady Vanishes, 1938
  Brooke Frank
Student Assistant

Brooke is a studio art major, and has an affinity for escaping terra firma: she's a member of FAU's Sailing Club (water) and FAU's Climbing Club, too (air). She has a pretty solid background in technical theatre, and the love of storytelling it's cultivated is a large part of the reason shes with JCBA. Given her experience, Brooke now leads many of our Wednesday guided tours. Favorite book: A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, although she says it hurts to pretend that she really has but one favorite.  Image: Margaret Lockwood in The Lady Vanishes, 1938

Vincent Price in TALES OF TERROR, 1962
William Landis
Student Assistant

Will started volunteering at JCBA in 2010 and became a student assistant here when he transferred into FAU from Palm Beach State College. He is pursuing his bachelor's degree in painting, with a minor in french, and is also the president of The Archers at FAU (campus archery club) and The Painter's Forum (campus painting club). Will loves working with the presses, and is happy to grab a wrench and get greasy to make sure they're shipshape. Image: Vincent Price in Tales of Terror, 1962

Lucille Ball in Job Switching, 1952
Ilana Smith
Student Assistant

Ilana hails from the Treasure Valley of Idaho; a land populated by more potatoes than humans. As a fangirl of national parks, llamas, fancy chocolate and Indie- folk music, becoming a student assistant at a book-arts collection seemed a natural progression. When she's not at home jamming out to "Thunder Road" on her ukulele, you can probably find Ilana in the Jaffe Center gallery researching new books in the collection and offering guided tours. Her favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  Image: Lucille Ball in Job Switching, 1952

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961
Judith Klau

Book Reviewer & Resident Shakespearean Scholar


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

The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Wimberly Library, Room 350/ 3rd floor east
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Telephone: 561.297.0226.