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The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is South Florida's hub for research and instruction in artists' books and book arts topics. The center revolves around the Book Arts Gallery, which houses the Jaffe Collection. We think of the space as a hybrid of a library and an art gallery. Exhibitions, gallery talks, films and performances and our popular Book Arts 101 presentations all take place inside the gallery in the midst of this inspiring collection of artists' books, as do university class sessions and community group tours of the Jaffe Center. Our approach to the Book Arts Gallery takes a cue from artists' books, which encourage us to see things differently... and so the gallery has even been the setting for intimate concerts with artists like Jane Siberry, Matt Alber, and The Boston Camerata.

The Jaffe Center Studios

Our Letterpress Studio is housed in the room that originally held the Jaffe Collection. Equipment includes two Vandercook proof presses, a Potter proof press, and a tabletop platen press, all from the twentieth century. A nineteenth century Wesel iron handpress is the central feature in the room; the handpress was a gift to us from Brien and Beverly Varnado of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The Wesel is our workhorse each year for Letterpress Appreciation Day (September 18), at which you can be a 19th century printer yourself! The studio also houses a collection of mid-twentieth century advertising cuts (a gift to us from Lee Kline of Miami) that represents somewhat of a graphic design history of 1950s to 1970s Miami.

Book Studio 350C is our setting for teaching workshops and classes in bookbinding, book structures, boxmaking, paper decoration, and other such topics. It includes comfortable work stations, board shears, and numerous nipping presses.

JCBA's Paper Lab is in a satellite location at T6, one of FAU's historic World War II era buildings on the northeast corner of campus. It is the setting for instruction in hand papermaking topics, as well as paper decoration. Equipment includes a Renna Hollander Beater, vats, felts, moulds and deckles, and a hydraulic press. A second book studio, designed to accommodate larger workshops, is also located at Historic T6, across from our Paper Lab.

Arthur Jaffe

Together with his late wife, Mata, Arthur built an outstanding collection of books as aesthetic objects focused on artists' books and limited editions. His collection began over 50 years before he and Mata gave these books to FAU in 1998. Rather than being the end of something, that gift was an inspired beginning, garnering an enthusiastic group of loyal supporters that grows with each passing year. The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts is their legacy.

(Arthur Jaffe, 1921-2015)