2008 Graceful Envelope Contest Winners

by Gini OgleThe Graceful Envelope Contest, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and administered by the Washington Calligraphers Guild, congratulates this year's winning artists. Out of close to 200 entries in the adult division a panel of three judges selected 11 envelopes as “Winners” (including one given the distinction "Best in Show" and one "First Place"), and awarded “Honorable Mention” to 17 entries. The judges also selected student winners in the junior and children's divisions.

This year marks the 14th year of the contest, and the theme--C's the Day!--invited lettering artists to design an envelope around anything beginning with the letter C. The judges looked for skill in lettering, effective use of color and design, and creative interpretation of the theme.

The 2008 entries were judged by three professionals in the fields of lettering and graphic design: Sheila Waters, internationally known master calligrapher, illuminator, teacher and author of Foundations of Calligraphy; professional designer and calligrapher Lee Ann Clark whose clients include the Washington Ballet and the Prince of Wales Foundation; and Michael Shea, graphic designer for the National Association of Letter Carriers.

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. Beginning in 2003, the National Association of Letter Carriers agreed to partner with the Washington Calligraphers Guild to sponsor the contest. 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 2008 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 from approximately Sept. 2, 2008 to August 1, 2009. 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 Louisiana Ave. and First St. NW. If you need further information about visiting the exhibit, call 202-662-2851 or email.

View the 2008 winning Graceful Envelopes

Thumbnails of winning entries:
Best in Show
First Place

Honorable Mention

Student Competition:
Junior (Grade 6 through Grade 12)
Child (Kindergarten through Grade 5)

Past winners:


Available for purchase:
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

About the contest, including contest rules

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

Media: hi-res logo

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2008 Graceful Envelope Contest:


Best in Show:
Yukimi Annand - Torrance, California

First Place:
Jeri Hobart - Iowa City, IA

Sheryl Bracey - Hendersonville, TN
Brenda Cropper - Conroe, TX
Jo Forsyth - Shoreline, WA
Linae Frei - Scottsdale, AZ
Catherine Langsdorf - Hendersonville, NC
Marn Majeski - Lacey, WA
Marion McKenzie - Southampton, England
Deborah M. Russell - Carmel, CA
Elizabeth Walsh - Olympia, WA

Honorable Mentions:
Sonjia Amenson - Story City, IA
Cheryl Cary - Colorado Springs, CO
Carol DuBosch - Portland, OR
Lorrie Frear - Canandaigua, NY
Julie Gray - Sandia Park, NM
Heather Victoria Held - St. George, ON, Canada
Betty J. Locke - Duncan, BC, Canada
Carol Meetze-Moates - Julian, NC
Deb Parsons Menke - Missoula, MT
Jenny Muffler - Rockville, MD
Steven Patchel - Boston, MA
Patricia Peterson - Colfax, CA
Cindy Rudolph - Norwood, MA
Margaret Snyder - Louisville, KY
Deb Strawn - Manitou Spring, CO
Debbie Thompson Wilson - Guelph, ON, Canada
Beverly Womack - Placentia, CA


Steven Chen - Columbia, SC
Ziui Harel - Sherman Oaks, CA
Amanda Ivey - South Riding, VA
Sarah Labzarian - Tarzana, CA
Rinat Liberman - Valley Village, CA
Lexie Marshall - Stone Ridge, VA
Rebecca Meredith - Post Falls, ID
Carolina Pereira - Stone Ridge, VA
Hannah Robin - Agoura Hills, CA
Heidi Sotomayor - Wilmington, CA
Ariela Tzion - North Hollywood, CA
Erica Zimbelman - South Riding, VA


Abby Bracey - White House, TN
Madison Cotterill - Columbia, SC
Brooke Donner - S. Miami, FL
Katia Nicole Fernandez - S. Miami, FL
Clare Hannon - Palatine, IL
Stephen Hannon - Palatine, IL
Josie Laing - Kensington, MD
Sofia Romero - Port Orchard, WA
Maia Suazo-Maler - S. Miami, FL
Jane Sullebarger - Harvard, MA

Graceful Envelope logo by Gini Ogle

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