2002 Graceful Envelope Contest Winners

by Gini OgleJudges selected 50 winners from 175 entries in the 2002 Graceful Envelope Contest, sponsored this year by the U.S. Postal Service and administered by the Washington Calligraphers Guild. This year's theme was based on the set of 50 postage stamps, "Greetings from America." Contestants were encouraged to incorporate the theme in a creative and artistic way, while using hand-executed calligraphy or fine lettering to address the envelope. Inventive relationships between the postage stamp, the envelope design and the lettering were an important component of a winning design, as well as use of the "Greetings from America" theme. (View the call for entries.)

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The entries were judged by three professionals in the graphic, design and lettering fields: Terry McCaffrey, Manager of Stamp Development for the U.S. Postal Service; Rick Paulus, Chief Calligrapher at The White House; and Mary Lou O'Brian of Inkwell Studios, Washington, DC.

The winning envelopes were displayed at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC until January 31, 2003 (see photo at right and at bottom of page).

~ View the 2002 winning Graceful Envelopes ~

Theme: Greetings from America
Thumbnails of winning entries are grouped alphabetically by artist's last name:

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Past contests:


To view the 2001 winning Graceful Envelopes

The December 2002 issue of Scripsit, WCG's journal, features a selection of winning envelopes from 1995 to 2002, plus commentary by the judges and other background information.

About the contest, including contest rules

May 2, 2001 article by Newhouse News Service about the Graceful Envelope Contest

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2002 Graceful Envelope Contest:

Sonjia Amensen, Story City, IA
Glorie Austern, Secaucus, NJ
Kathy Barker, Bellevue, WA
Elaine Beermann, Enumclaw, WA
B.T. Berger, Indianapolis, IN
Sherry Bishop, Santa Fe, NM
Jane Brenner, Santa Rosa, CA
Erin Austin Brown, Lakewood, OH
Hulya Cakmakci, Fairborn, OH
Ginger Carrle*, Havertown, PA
Kathy Chilton, Albuquerque, NM
Flo Cole*, Kent, WA
Jacqueline Davis, Shakopee, MN
Pamela Day, Dayton, OH
Ann R. Erickson, Vidalia, GA
Barbara Garfield, Lavina, MT
Julie Gray, Asheville, NC
Marilyn Gray, Coral Springs, FL
Kathleen Carroll Hantsoo, Owings, MD
Catherine Hibbitt, Bristol, RI
Caroline Ising, Louisville, KY
C.J. Kennedy, Sutton, MA
Gayle Klawitter, Missoula, MT
Kim Lincoln, Owings, MD
Debra Lyman, San Diego, CA
Cheryl McCullough, Wilmington, IL
Susan T. McDonald, Escondido, CA
Sue McKendrick*, Wrightsville, PA
Virginia Meltzer, Missoula, MT
Jeanette Mustacich, Santa Barbara, CA
Sherry Neidigh, Charlotte, NC
Andrea Perkins, Salem, OR
Cindy Romo, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Donna Hovanec Ryan*, Charlotte, NC
Jan Saunders, Carmel, CA
Carole Sauter*, Maple Valley, WA
Anna Scetinina, Chisinau, Moldova
Peggy Shields Schiefelbein*, Washington, DC
Leslee Sipress, Santa Barbara, CA
Merle Sturm*, Baltimore, MD
Lorraine Swerdloff*, Washington, DC
Marsha Vanetsky, San Marcos, CA
Delphine Vasquez*, Davenport, IA
N. v.d. Endt, Maassluis, Netherlands
Myrlin von Glahn, Bay Village, OH
Shelley Wallisch, Charlotte, NC
Kathleen Weedman, Westminster, CA
Donna Whitman, Ripton, VT
Jean Wilson, Des Moines, IA
Karen Zander, Columbus, WI

*Washington Calligraphers Guild member

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Artwork on this page by Gini Ogle.

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