2012 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 more than 150 entries received, one was judged Best in Show, nine were selected as Winners and 13 were given the distinction
Honorable Mention in the contest’s adult division. The judges also selected student winners from more than 350 entries in the junior and children's divisions.

The 2012 theme, "D-liver D-letter D-sooner D-better," saluted the nation's letter carriers, who D-liver 170 billion pieces of mail each year. Entrants were urged to design an envelope around anything that begins with the letter "D" and address it artistically. Judges looked for skill in lettering, effective use of color and design, and creative interpretation of the theme.

The 18th annual Graceful Envelope Contest was juried by a trio of professional artists: designer and calligrapher Lee Ann Clark; calligrapher and illustrator Tamara Stoneburner; and National Association of Letter Carriers graphic designer Michael Shea.

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 2012 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 Sept 1, 2012 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. View map. If you need further information about visiting the exhibit, call 202-662-2851 or email.

Past winners:


2012 Call for Entries

Available for purchase:
Spring 2009 Scripsit featuring full-color reproductions of 64 selected envelopes from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Graceful Envelope contests.
List of artists represented


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

Congratulations to the following winners
of the 2012 Graceful Envelope Contest:




Ruth Korch -- Santa Cruz, CA
Linae Frei -- Scottsdale, AZ
Julie Kechele -- Plainwell, MI
Catherine Langsdorf -- Hendersonville, NC
Tina Lee-Cronkhite -- Grand Rapids, MI
Judith Leitch -- Lake Mary, FL
Sue McKendrick -- Mechanicsburg, PA
Janneth Morales -- Camden, NJ
William Stewart -- Vineyard Haven, MA

Honorable Mentions:


M. Dwyer -- Raleigh, NC
Karin Gable -- Reseda, CA
Julie Gray -- Denver, NC
Gerry Jackson Kerdok -- Hudson, MA
Tommaso Landini -- Milano, Italy
Betty Locke -- Duncan, BC, Canada
Beate Lommer -- Griesbach, Germany
Margi Long -- Curtis, WA
Linda J. Lundy -- Ellensburg, WA
Jill Norvell -- Reston, VA
Rose M. Smutko -- San Diego, CA
Paula Vena -- Aitkenvale, FNQ Australia
Beverly Womack -- Placentia, CA

Student Winners:

Junior Division (Grades 6-12):


Vivian Cooper -- Tarzana, CA
Gabrielle Glik -- Woodland Hills, CA
Cinthia Gomez -- San Bernardino, CA
Elana Granovitz -- N. Hollywood, CA
Gabriela Jaramillo -- San Bernardino, CA
Sarah Khodorkovsky -- Tarzana, CA
Kamarya Kisling -- San Bernardino, CA
Cristina Morales -- San Bernardino, CA
Jasmine Ohevshalom -- Encino, CA
Jajaira Oller -- Indianapolis, IN
Jerry Sanchez -- San Bernardino, CA
Sandra Shirazi‑Saber -- Beverly Hills, CA
Bracha Smith -- Valley Village, CA
Grace Sun -- Escondido, CA
Daniella Wohlfarth -- N. Hollywood, CA

Children's Division (Grades 1-5):


Anna Bearss -- Buena Vista, CO
Isaac Bearss -- Buena Vista, CO
Tiffany Betancourt -- Hoboken, NJ
Olivia Bunton -- St. Louis, MO
Dagmar Copeland -- Vashon, WA
Ellie Henning -- St. Louis, MO
Nick Kestler -- St. Louis, MO
Avery Macke -- St. Louis, MO
Lilly Murphy -- Hoboken, NJ
Breanna Osinski -- St. Louis, MO
Ethan Post -- Hemet, CA
Rakshita Raghunath -- Mississauga, ON, Canada
Charity Sun -- Escondido, CA
Elyse Uding -- St. Louis, MO
Casey Vitiello -- Hoboken, NJ

Graceful Envelope logo by Gini Ogle

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