Born in New York, Jan Owen is a calligraphic book artist from Belfast, Maine. Her work is shown internationally and is in the Library of Congress, Harvard's Houghton Library, and the Portland Museum of Art. Her work is also housed in special collections at Wellesley, Yale, Bowdoin and Swathmore colleges. She has received many awards and commissions and has taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and at the Oregon College of Art and Crafts.