2016 Graceful Envelope Contest Winners

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 14 the distinction Honorable Mention in the contest’s adult division. Judges also selected student winners in three grade divisions.

The 2016 theme, "Communication," challenged artists to create an envelope to illustrate any mode of communication 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 22st annual Graceful Envelope Contest was juried by professional calligraphers Sammy Little, whose clients include the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court, Mary Lou O'Brian, owner of Special Awards calligraphy studio, and National Association of Letter Carriers graphic artist Michael Shea.

Winners on Exhibit
The 2016 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 2016 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 (map). For more information about the exhibit, call 202-662-2851 or email.
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.

Past winners:

2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001

2016 Call for Entries


No longer available:
The Fall 2014 Scripsit, devoted to the Graceful Envelope Contest, features color reproductions of 141 selected winning envelopes from 2009 through 2014.
> 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 2016 Graceful Envelope Contest! Click links to view the envelopes on Flickr.
Theme: Communication

ADULT DIVISION

Adult Winners:

IMAGES of ADULT WINNING ENVELOPES

BEST IN SHOW:
Sally Penley — Olympia, WA
WINNERS:
Tori Bell — Tacoma, WA
Carol DuBosch — Portland, OR
Linae Frei — Scottsdale, AZ
Julie Gray — Sandia Park, NM
Mark A. Hicks — Phoenix, AZ
Gerry Jackson Kerdok — Hudson, MA
Janet Kasper—Marysville, TN
Barnette Savitz — Teaneck, NJ
Brigitte Stermann — Vancouver, BC, Canada
Christy Robb — Morning Sun, IA
Susan Gale Welch — Seattle, WA

Adult Honorable Mentions:

IMAGES of HONORABLE MENTION ENVELOPES

Nancy Anderson — Maple Valley, WA
P.L. Brooks — Weston, FL
Pamela Day — Dayton, OH
Zarabeth Duell — Lincoln, VT
Mary DeChellis — Fort Worth, TX
Joan Forsyth — Shoreline, WA
Karen Hewson — Ontario, Canada
Chantelle Hoffmann — Newark, CA
Jane Kent — Lindfield, NSW, Australia
Tommaso Landini — Milan, Italy
Rose M. Smutko — San Diego, CA
Yumie Tanaka — Tokyo, Japan
Paula Vena — Townsville, QLD, Australia
Kelsey Wong — Kyoto-fu, Japan


Student Winners:

Grades 9-12 WINNING ENVELOPES

Shaked Abutbul—North Hollywood, CA
Morgen Anthony—Jacksonville, FL
CHANG Yen Hsi —Taichung City, Taiwan
Lucy Duan—Ann Arbor, MI
Tehila Eglanov—North Hollywood, CA
Enya Goodman—Agoura Hills, CA
Jennifer Khorramian—Encino, CA
Yael Mehrannia—Los Angeles, CA
Noa Neim—Sherman Oaks, CA
Christine Park—Glendale, CA
Danya Parker—Los Angeles, CA
Chase Tachau—Burbank, CA
Asianae Warr—Southfield, MI
Devora Weinfeld—Valley Village, CA
Yuval Yakobi—Tarzana, CA

Grades 5-8 WINNING ENVELOPES

Matthew Cabor—Morning Sun, IA
Suzanne Collins—Braintree, MA
Maggie Durbin—Beattyville, KY
Hana Enriquez—Castaic, CA
Veronica Kelly—St. Helena, CA
Joshua Kim—Montrose, CA
Margaret Kim—Montrose, CA
Yun Young Kim—La Crescenta, CA
Morgan Lee—Kirkland, WA
Sundus Malik—Festus, MO
Kanita Omerovic—St. Louis, MO
Leeann Poon—Charlotte, NC
Alex Preusser—St. Louis, MO
Maayan Resnick—Qarne Shomron, Israel
Morgan Richenberger—Morning Sun, IA
Kayreana Sharar—Morning Sun, IA
Charity Sun—Escondido, CA
Amy Tan—Ann Arbor, MI
William Tisor—Morning Sun, IA
Keetyn Townsley—Morning Sun, IA
Selena Wang—Novi, MI
Corrinne Warringer—Redmond, WA
Annabelle Ye—Ann Arbor, MI
Sherrye Ye—Novi, MI

Grades 1-4 WINNING ENVELOPES

Cash Beckerman—Arnold, MO
Maggie Bellissimo—Hoboken, NJ
Kate Chun—La Crescenta, CA
Adrian Evers—Jersey City, NJ
Javiera Ferrer—Charlotte, NC
Lucas Gerst—Morning Sun, IA
Alyssa Kim—La Crescenta, CA
Olivia Mazzucco—St. Helena, CA
Adriana Nadong—Livonia, MI
Poppy Novak—St. Helena, CA
Avery Rice—Hoboken, NJ
Ian Roylance Rinker—Charlotte, NC
Dodge Spencer—St. Helena, CA
Dallas Wilkins—Hoboken, NJ


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