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.

Fellowship Recipients

Brittney Lyn Patterson

Lyn lives in Oakland, California.
She is a poet, educator, and zine enthusiast. She is currently enrolled in the Book Arts/MFA program at Mills College. Instagram: @poetryntings
Tik Tok : @poetryntings

Jamila Rafuro

Jamila lives in Palo Alto, California by way of New York
She is a member of the Bay Area Book Artists. Jamila exhibits widely and teaches regularly. She creates mixed media artworks, sculpture and assemblage., and

Kyleen Greene

Kyleen lives in Phoenix, Arizona
She is a former member of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society. She has recently changed careers from graphic design to high school art teacher. She creates books from repurposed materials and enjoys experimenting with materials and book forms.
Instagram: @kgreeneart33

Each conference we are looking for Colleen Cavin Fellowship candidates to work and learn at the conference. Our successful candidate(s) will be immersed in the wonderful community of artists that come together for our conference, be exposed to some of the national names in Book Arts and provided with an opportunity for high level instruction. In addition, some the mysteries of how a conference is put on and the work involved in making it successful will be revealed with hands-on clarity.

The work will consist of assisting our Day Manager in activities such as the following:

  • Assist the Workshop Coordinator with classroom set-up and delivery of instructor materials.
  • Walk the campus to visit classes in progress and take photos.
  • Deliver equipment or materials to various locations on campus.
  • Welcome and direct conference attendees in the registration area.
  • Greet, host and coordinate set-up and clean-up of evening activities (with others).
  • Assist with set up and maintenance of the Work/Study fundraising activities.
  • Give short breaks to our staff and Trade Show vendors.

The person(s) chosen will work at the conference in exchange for two days of classes and five nights of lodging and meals on campus at no charge. Class materials and fees are the responsibility of the recipient. 

If you have questions, please contact: Jeri Oswalt at