2018 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 in the adult contest as well as student winners in three grade divisions.

The 2018 theme, "Whatever the Weather," challenged artists to summon a brainstorm to capture what’s outside their window—or outside the box—to design a winning envelope 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 24th annual Graceful Envelope Contest was juried by professional calligraphers Gilda Penn and Felecia McBride, and National Association of Letter Carriers graphic artist Michael Shea.

Winners on Exhibit
The 2018 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 2018 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:

2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001

2017 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.
Artists in this issue

> How to purchase


No longer available:
Fall 2005 Scripsit featuring full-color reproductions of 65 selected envelopes from the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Graceful Envelope contests.
List of artists represented

No longer available:
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 2018 Graceful Envelope Contest! Click links to view the envelopes on Flickr.
Theme: Whatever the Weather

ADULT DIVISION

Adult Winners:

View the ADULT WINNING ENVELOPES

BEST IN SHOW:
Gerry Jackson Kerdok Hudson, MA

WINNERS:

Kathy Barker – Bellevue, WA
P.L. Brooks – Weston, FL
Mary DeChellis – Fort Worth, TX
Carol DuBosch – Portland, OR
Kathy Froerer – Provo, UT
Ko Hiu Kwan – Kowloon, Hong Kong
Sally Penley – Olympia, WA
Debbie Ruggles – Sykesville, MD
Elizabeth Walsh – Olympia, WA
Hannah Claire Weston – Lancaster, PA

Adult Honorable Mentions:

View the HONORABLE MENTION ENVELOPES

Brecken Cook – Kaysville, UT
Kathryn Darling – West Chester, OH
Linae Frei – Janesville, WI
Ruggieri Giacoma – Turin, Italy
Jane Gillette – Port Arkansas, TX
Julie Gray – Sandia Park, NM
Margaret Kubisch – Nuriootpa, SA, Australia
Betty Locke – Duncan, BC, Canada
Kris MacDonald – Minnetonka, MN
Laura Nissen – Portland, OR
Thea Lynn Paul – Calgary, AB, Canada
Christy Robb – Morning Sun, IA
Angeline Strasser – Brunswick, OH


Student Winners:

Grades 9-12 WINNING ENVELOPES
Hilary Bareiss – Stafford Springs, CT
Mayan Benhamo – Reseda, CA
Aurelie Bitton – Valley Village, CA
Tehila Eglanov – North Hollywood, CA
Enya Goodman – Agoura Hills, CA
Leetal Kohanzadeh – Los Angeles, CA
Gabriella Laskow – Agoura Hills, CA
Jessica Marshak – Beverly Hills, CA
Jodie Marshak – Beverly Hills, CA
Maya Shternberg – Burbank, CA
Syeda Ullah – Temple City, CA
Devora Weinfeld – Valley Village, CA
Katie Zhang – Potomac, MD
Cynthia Zou – Rockville, MD

Grades 5-8 WINNING ENVELOPES
Garrett Beik – Morning Sun, IA
Lam Ying Hong Gabriel – Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Lee Hon Ning Ksai – Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Law Tsz Lok – Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Olivia Guo – Novi, MI
Kwan Lok Hei Alexander – Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Mahati Sanjay Mestri – Maharashtra, India
Emma Sun – Rockville, MD
Abigail Zhang – Potomac, MD
Angela Zhang – North Potomac, MD

Grades 1-4 WINNING ENVELOPES
Ava Burton – St. Louis, MO
Chan Kwan Yee Chloe – Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Zannah Feller – Pleasant View, UT
Nishka Iyer – Fremont, CA
Alayna Lanz – Morning Sun, IA
Carter Moss – St. Louis, MO
Inchara Nagaraju – Fremont, CA
Tyler Ritzel – St. Louis, MO
Yuhan Sun – Potomac, MD
Isha Tangri – Sunnyvale, CA
Callie Wagenbach – Morning Sun, IA
Katherine Xue – Potomac, MD
Sophia Zhu – Potomac, MD


Graceful Envelope logo by Gini Ogle

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