2015 Graceful Envelope Contest Winners

Theme: There's No Place Like Home

Adult winning envelopes
Adult Honorable Mention envelopes

Student winning envelopes

 

by Gini OgleThe Graceful Envelope Contest, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Washington Calligraphers Guild, congratulates this year's winning artists. Judges selected 12 Winners (with one designated Best in Show) and gave another 15 the distinction Honorable Mention in the contest’s adult division. Judges also selected student winners in three grade divisions.

The 2015 theme, "There's No Place Like Home," challenged artists to create an envelope to illustrate what home means to them and address it artistically. Winners were chosen based on hand lettering, creative interpretation of the theme and effective use of color and design, including incorporation of postage stamp(s).

The 21st annual Graceful Envelope Contest was juried by professional calligraphers Maureen Squires and Marta Legeckis and National Association of Letter Carriers graphic artist Michael Shea.

The contest was created in 1995 by the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum, which administered it until delegating responsibility to the Washington Calligraphers Guild in 2001 (joined in 2003 by the National Association of Letter Carriers). In addition to promoting the art of calligraphy, the Graceful Envelope Contest celebrates the role of letters in binding people together and serves as a reminder that the people who deliver the mail are career government employees who take pride in their work and care about the communities they serve.

The 2015 adult division Winner and Honorable Mention envelopes will be on display in the lobby of the National Association of Letter Carriers headquarters building, 100 Indiana Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001 beginning in July 2015 for a year. Open to the public free of charge Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8-6 Eastern time, the building is located near Union Station and the U.S. Capitol, at the intersection of First and C Streets NW. View map. For more information about visiting the exhibit, call 202-662-2851 or email.

Next year's theme and Call for Entries will be issued this Fall.

Past winners:

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001

2015 Call for Entries


Available for purchase:
The Fall 2014 Scripsit, devoted to the Graceful Envelope Contest, features color reproductions of 141 selected winning envelopes from 2009 through 2014.
> How to order
> List of artists in this issue

 

Spring 2009 Scripsit featuring full-color reproductions of 64 selected envelopes from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Graceful Envelope contests.
List of artists represented

 


Fall 2005 Scripsit featuring full-color reproductions of 65 selected envelopes from the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Graceful Envelope contests.
List of artists represented

 

Dec. 2002 Scripsit featuring full-color reproductions of 60 of the winning envelopes from 1995 through 2002.
List of artists represented


Congratulations to the following winners
of the 2015 Graceful Envelope Contest! Click on links to view the envelopes on Flickr.
Theme: There's No Place Like Home

ADULT DIVISION

Adult Winners:

IMAGES of ADULT WINNING ENVELOPES

BEST IN SHOW:
Hannah C. Holder — Knoxville, TN
WINNERS:
Dawn Rochelle Davis — Caldwell, ID
Pearl De Chalain — Witkoppen, South Africa
Carol DuBosch — Portland, OR
Lorrie Frear — Canandaigua, NY
Julie Gray — Sandia Park, NM
Gerry Jackson Kerdok — Hudson, MA
Mohan Jayant Saraf — Maharashtra, India
Catherine Langsdorf — Hendersonville, NC
Amy Neubauer — Chicago, IL
Christy Robb — Morning Sun, IA
Nadejda Variouchitcheva — Nivelles, Belgium

Adult Honorable Mentions:

IMAGES of HONORABLE MENTION ENVELOPES

Nancy Anderson — Maple Valley, WA
Ann Bain — Carlisle, OH
Kathy Barker — Bellevue, WA
P.L. Brooks — Weston, FL
Susan Buccini — Wilmington, NC
Pamela Day — Dayton, OH
Joan Forsyth — Shoreline, WA
Karin Gable — Reseda, CA
Larry Gabler — Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Tommaso Landini — Milan, Italy
Molly McNeece — Farmington Hills, MI
Sally Penley — Olympia, WA
Barbara Taylor — San Mateo, CA
Elizabeth Walsh — Olympia, WA
Susan Gale Welch—Seattle, WA


Student Winners:

Grades 9-12 WINNING ENVELOPES

Xindi Chang—Ann Arbor, MI
Ting-Hsuan Chen—Jacksonville, FL
Esther Chulpaev—North Hollywood, CA
Maria Garcia—St. Mary’s, KS
Annemarie Harpe—St. Mary’s, KS
Piper Jamieson—Condon, OR
Abby Mazlin—Valley Village, CA
Elizabeth Murphy—Rossville, KS
Rochel Leah Raskin—Valley Village, CA
Orah Shafa—Tarzana, CA
Batsheva Sloves—Valley Village, CA
Samantha Smith—Jacksonville, FL

Grades 5-8 WINNING ENVELOPES

Nicole Carpenter—Kirkland, WA
Chloe Chu—Bellevue, WA
Arjan Dillon—Bellevue, WA
Kyla Franich—Bellevue, WA
Anna Gonsalves—St. Louis, MO
Sophia Henson—St. Louis, MO
Yingchen Jin—Ann Arbor, MI
Erica Loforte—Bellevue, WA
Abagail Nichols—Kirkland, WA
Zach Poelzl—St. Louis, MO
Delaney Rice— Weehaken, NJ
Morgan Richenberger—Morning Sun, IA
Shira Malka Rosenberg—Valley Village, CA
Katie Sorrell—Bellevue, WA
Ren Watanabe—Bellevue, WA

Grades 1-4 WINNING ENVELOPES

Maura Braunel—St. Louis, MO
Sean Cajigal—St. Louis, MO
Serena Cajigal—St. Louis, MO
Zach Dolter—St. Louis, MO
Kevin McAfee—Jacksonville, FL
Robert McAfee—Jacksonville, FL
Sean McNulty—Canton, OH
Adriana Nadong—Livonia, MI
Poppy Novak—St. Helena, CA
Nina Preusser—St. Louis, MO
Sebastiano Secades—Hoboken, NJ
Remington Shafer—St. Helena, CA
Braeden Stotts—St. Louis, MO
Emily Stotts—St. Louis, MO
Andrew Wood—St. Louis, MO
Izabell Yoder—Morning Sun, IA


Graceful Envelope logo by Gini Ogle

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