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MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lewis West
561-297-0245, clewis36@fau.edu

FAU’s Book Arts Center Open for Public Tours

BOCA RATON, Fla. (July 3, 2013) ─ Florida Atlantic University’s Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts, one of the nation’s most prominent centers for books handmade by artists, now is open to the public for free tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. No reservations are necessary to tour the Jaffe Center, which is located at the Wimberly Library, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Donations are accepted.

A hybrid of library and gallery, the Jaffe Center houses about 12,000 rare books and is a popular venue for educational workshops in book arts, book binding and papermaking. The Center is also known for its concerts, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops, all of which are open to the public. The Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence program offered by the center pays for two artists to spend a semester creating art at the center.

“I view the Jaffe Center as a place where culture and creativity can thrive, but definitely with a focus on book arts,” said John Cutrone, the Center’s director. “The idea of a book arts center is not a common one, but we like to think of the Jaffe Center as not your average book arts center.”

Tours include a showing of some of the beloved books in the collection, a visit to the letterpress studio where the vintage presses are located and a 20-minute video on the Jaffe Center.

For more information, contact John Cutrone at 561-297-0455 or jcutrone@fau.edu.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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