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Jan Owen

An older light-skinned woman with short white hair wears glasses and a long-sleeve blue top. She stands inside, holding open a large black book with an abstract gold design printed across two pages and unreadable gold writing.

Jan Owen at the 2015 NMWA Book Arts Fellows Meeting; Photo by Laura Hoffman, NMWA

Born in 1947

Owen grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. She graduated in 1969 from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she focused on art and English. After moving to Bangor, Maine, she worked as printmaker and graphic designer.

With the birth of twin daughters in 1978, she began teaching herself calligraphy. She has since studied calligraphy and book arts in the U.S. and Great Britain and has taught classes for many years. Musically talented as well, she played string bass with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra until 1994.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Jan Owen
  • Birth

    New York City, 1947
  • Phonetic Spelling

    JAN OH-wehn