Michael Dillow was the 2019 recipient of the Irvin and Beulah Jaffe Robins Award. Michael, a graduate student working on his Masters of Fine Art in Photography, was selected by the award committee to receive a $250 cash prize.
“It’s not unusual for us to see a student happen upon the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and become enthralled by the possibilities,” said John Cutrone, Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. “Thanks to the Irvin and Beulah Jaffe Robins Award, we can foster and reward that curiosity and interest in a practical way.”
The Irvin and Beulah Jaffe Robins Award requires the recipient to be an undergraduate or graduate student maintaining a 3.0 grade point average, and spend at least 15 hours during a semester within the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts.
Michael completed a Directed Independent Study at the FAU Libraries with Cutrone. During this time, Michael produced handmade photography books, which were included in his MFA exhibition in May.
“In Michael’s case, his interest led to him making an edition of photographic artists’ books,” said Cutrone. “Thanks to the generosity of Fred and Barbara Robins, who established the award in honor of Fred’s parents, we were able to help Michael cover some of the expenses of creating those handmade books. For a student, that’s a really wonderful thing.”
The Jaffe Center for Book Arts plans to award this scholarship annually.