The fellowship was created in honor of Colleen Cavin. Colleen was a fine book artist and scribe, a Fellow of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators, a teacher for over thirty years, and a long time part of the Conference planning team. She was a talented yet modest artist, giving generously her wisdom, humor and kindness.

  • Fellows will work alongside the Board, Instructors, and Volunteers to create an exciting event for our Book Arts community. In exchange they will receive on-site lodging, meals, and two days of class tuition as well as the opportunity to rub elbows with leaders in the book arts world.
  • Recipients will be expected to arrive early and then stay through the 5-day conference. Work will include the setup and take down of the physical event. Recipients also support unique events and activities, help with check-in, as well as assist participants and instructors. It is important to engage with the FOBA community. Fellows help where needed. 
  • All book artist applicants from beginner to professional will be considered; however, preference will be given to beginners with an interest in ongoing support of the book arts community.
  • At least one of the three Fellowships will be awarded to an artist from a traditionally underrepresented group. FOBA has an ongoing commitment to support a broad range of book artists and to increase the depth, breadth, and quality of book arts. 
  • Recipients will have access to early enrollment for classes. Please note that they are responsible for materials fees.

If you are interested in our Fellowship program for a future conference, you can send your questions to