Jan Owen

Jan Owen

Born 1947

Artist Details

Birth Place
New York City
Phonetic Spelling
JAN OH-wehn
Artists’ books; Printmaking; Calligraphy
Places of Residence
Belfast, Maine
Private lessons; Johns Hopkins Evening College, Baltimore, Maryland,1970; DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 1969
NMWA Exhibitions

Bound to Amaze: Inside a Book-Collecting Career, 2018
The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 2006–07  
Book as Art XV, 2004
Book as Art XII, 2001
Book as Art, 2000
Book as Art XI, 1998
Book as Art VIII, 1996

About the Artist

Music is an important source of inspiration for the work of book artist Jan Owen.

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.

National Museum of Women in the Arts