Be part of a book arts community that comes together for learning,
sharing, and networking, including a 5-day conference every other year. 


FOCUS ON BOOK ARTS is a five-day conference of book and paper arts workshops held biennially on the verdant campus of Pacific University in charming Forest Grove, Oregon, just west of Portland. Every odd-numbered year, we present workshops taught by renowned, professional instructors in the fields of bookbinding, printing, decorative papers, paper making, book art and more. The conference attracts over 200 book and paper artists from around the world. We offer five days of workshops, along with a Trade Show, Artists’ Fair, Faculty-Staff Exhibition, and several evening receptions. With the option of on-campus housing, FOBA is an excellent opportunity for community, networking, and learning new skills.


The workshops have been scheduled for the 14th Focus on Book Arts Conference, and many of the conference activities are planned with more to come. Take a look at the workshop schedule and descriptions to decide which are most interesting to you. The on-line catalog is now available for your perusal.

There is still room in some of the workshops. We have done some interviews with a few of the instructors to give you more information about the workshop and the instructor. You can review those interviews here: Instructor Interviews

Registration will be open on March 4, 2019 at 8AM. Watch this page for updates for all the activities that will be taking place during the conference.



June 26-30, 2019
Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon

We would love to see you there!