2019 Graceful Envelope Contest Winners

by Gini OgleThe Washington Calligraphers Guild, sponsor of the 25th annual Graceful Envelope Contest, congratulates this year's winning artists in the adult contest as well as student winners in three grade divisions.

The 2019 theme, "Put Your Stamp On It," celebrates 25 years of the Graceful Envelope Contest and 125 years of US commemorative stamps.

Artists were challenged to create an envelope commemorating anything of their choosing--to Put Their Stamp On It. Winners were selected based on hand lettering, creative interpretation of the theme and effective use of color and design, including incorporation of postage stamp(s).

Adult entries were juried by retired White House Chief Calligrapher Pat Blair and professional calligraphers Sammy Little and Erin Cassidy. The three Student divisions were judged by professional calligraphers and art educators Kacie-Linn Engle, Susan Easton and Nahid Tootoonchi. WCG thanks the judges for volunteering their time and expertise and also thanks the following volunteers who helped with the logistics of the Graceful Envelope Contest judging event: Derrick Tabor, Huong Chu, Heidi Hill and Bernard Freiland.

Winners on Exhibit
The 2019 adult division Winner and Honorable Mention envelopes will be on display until 9/1/19 in the window and interior of the store at
Jenni Bick Custom Journals
1300 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036 

Mon-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-6

Stock up on your favorite stationery supplies or have your leather journal hand embossed while you enjoy the exhibit!

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). This year the Washington Calligraphers Guild is the sole sponsor.

In addition to promoting the art of calligraphy, the Graceful Envelope Contest celebrates the role of letters in binding people together.

Past winners:

2018
2017

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

2018 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 2019 Graceful Envelope Contest! Click links to view the envelopes on Imgur.
Theme: Put Your Stamp On It

ADULT DIVISION

View the ADULT WINNING ENVELOPES

BEST IN SHOW:
Christy Robb — Morning Sun, IA
Sherri A. Trial — Carlisle, PA

More WINNERS:

Lisa Leong-Tsang — Bellevue, WA
Shari Jobst — Aberdeen, WA
Mary Philmlee — Centreville, VA
P.L. Brooks — Weston, FL
Carol DuBosch — Portland, OR
Tori Bell — Tacoma, WA
Annabel Delgado — Miami, FL
Gwenyth Hibbit — Hertfordshire, England
TJ Klajnbart — Colorado Springs, CO
Julie Gray — Sandia Park, NM
Laura Burney Nissen — Portland, OR
Linae Frei — Janesville, WI
Sally Penley — Olympia, WA
Catherine Langsdorf — Hendersonville, NC

View the HONORABLE MENTION ENVELOPES

Patricia O’Donnell — Fort Bragg, CA
Julie Kechele — Plainwell, MI
Ruth Hutter — Mundelein, IL
Elizabeth Walsh — Olympia, WA
Marjorie Bannish — Inverness, FL
Brigitte Stermann — Vancouver, Canada
Jane Matsumoto — San Jose, CA
Jeanette Rapp — Los Gatos, CA
Regina Sanglier — Bronx, NY
Jane Andrle Gillette — Port Aransas, TX
Ylenia Rivela — Stuttgart, Germany
Betty Locke — British Columbia, Canada
Hannah Weston — Lancaster, PA


Student Winners:

Grades 9-12 WINNING ENVELOPES
Anna Wipf — Esopus, NY
Mayan Benhamo — Reseda, CA
Syeda Ullah — Temple City, CA
Stacy Barth — Esopus, NY
Elisheva Cooper — Valley Village, CA
Cynthia Zou — Rockville, MD
Sarah Leibowitz — Valley Village, CA
Elizabeth Beck — Valley Village, CA
Yaeli Liberman — Valley Village, CA
Talia Zaga — Encino, CA
Yael Goury — Valley Village, CA
Jade Franson — Lakewood, CO
Tari Gottlieb — Los Angeles, CA
Aviva Tabarzia — Tarzana, CA
Shira Sandler — Northridge, CA

Grades 5-8 WINNING ENVELOPES
Renee Zhang — Bellevue, WA
Abgail Zhang — Potomac, MD
Simona Pastor — Katy, TX
Lauren Dex — Bellevue, WA
Anusha Mishra — Fremont, CA
Sophia George — Galveston, TX
Wai Sum Venus Lam — Hong Kong
Riya Prasad — Bellevue, WA
Sydney Tapp — Bellevue, WA
Michaela Potvin — Bellevue, WA
Tiffany Chan — Hong Kong
Danielle Hardy — Bellevue, WA
Theo Ritter — Hoboken, NJ
Yan Yin Lau — Hong Kong
Avery Lerderman — Bellevue, WA
Pearl Gupta — Hicksville, NY

Grades 1-4 WINNING ENVELOPES
Dante Speranza — Hoboken, NJ
David Wang — Rockville, MD
Natalie Pang Wing Lam — Hong Kong
Kayden Tsang Hay Men — Kwa Wan, Kowloon
Anna Almroth — Jersey City, NJ
Haley Leung Tze Ching — Kwa Wan, Kowloon
Bella Rostan — Hoboken, NJ
Alice Jiaqi Wang — Potomac, MD
Annya Kay Vasquez — Colorado Springs, CO
Tsoi Yau Wong — Kwa Wan, Kowloon
Andy Chang — Nan Chai, Hong Kong
Maggie Deng — Potomac, Maryland
Chan Hoi Lo Jacarri — Hong Kong


Graceful Envelope logo by Gini Ogle

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