About Us

We are a group of book artists
dedicated to making
educational experiences available.

Every other year we hold a five-day conference of workshops taught by the very best in the fields of bookbinding, printing, decorating papers, paper making, books design and publishing. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit with an all-volunteer staff. There are many volunteer opportunities both before and during the conference; please contact us for more information.  

Focus on Book Arts does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

FOBA Board and Conference Committee Chairs

Jean Wyatt Board President, Conference Coordinator
Alicia Bailey Board Treasurer
Christine Trexel Board Secretary, Workshops Chair
Jeri Oswalt Facilities Coordinator, Board Member
Fran McReynolds Events and Activities, Board Member
Jeanne Levy Volunteer Coordinator, Board Member
Karleigh Heywood PR/Marketing, Board Member

Focus on Book Arts
1928 21st Avenue
Forest Grove, OR 97116


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The History of FOBA

The Oregon Book Arts Guild (OBAG) was founded in 1988 and met quarterly for two decades.

Under its auspices, the Biennial Book Exhibit started in 1989, with the first exhibit at the Oregon State Library. Exhibits continued through the mid-2000’s. It was resurrected in 2016 with an exhibit at Valley Arts Gallery in Forest Grove.

The first OBAG Focus Conference was held in 1993 at the Multnomah Arts Center. It continues to be held, every odd-numbered year; the past five conferences have been held at Pacific University in Forest Grove. When OBAG was dissolved in 2005, the conference name was changed to Focus on Book Arts and continued as its own entity.

Today the conference attracts over 200 people from around the world. It offers five days of workshops, along with a Trade Show, Artists’ Shop, Keynote Speaker, Faculty-Staff Exhibit, and several evening receptions. It’s an opportunity for networking and learning new skills in the various areas of book arts.

Focus on Book Arts is a 501(c)3 organization and is fully managed by an all-volunteer staff.