February 28, 2015
We thank all the artists who responded to the call for their creativity and time to conceive and execute their contributions.
The statewide advisory committee has made its recommendations to the curatorial panel and now the curatorial panel has made its final choice of the 10 artists they felt best met the objectives of the project described below.
Check out the finalists.
September 9, 2014
The statewide advisory committee has made their recommendations to the final curatorial panel which will meet at the end of September, 2014. Check out the semi-finalists.
Celebrate the 5 "P"s:
Post Offices, Postage, Postcards, Posters and Parcels
Post offices have been a significant player in American arts and culture. This includes architectural treasures, wood and stone sculptures, murals, and paintings. In addition, the USPS has provided a legacy of 238 years of artist created stamps celebrating multiple facets of American life, for example: its flora, fauna, flags, states, poets, workers, artists, politicians, athletes, and landscapes.
Given this history, it seems logical and apropos to invite artists to submit mail art pieces that celebrate and speak to the legacy, history and future of Minnesota's post offices and the communities affected.
Post Offices...an Endangered Species is a mail art project that asks you to adopt a Minnesota post office. This could be a P.O. in your current hometown, birth town, vacation spot, an interesting place visited, etc. Explore the community history; then create and submit a visual design for a stamp, postcard, envelope, card or poster that is representative of the community and adopted post office. Or you can write a memoir, poem, limerick, haiku, song or a letter. All forms of artistic expression are encouraged, for example:
- Create an iconic image that pulls on a significant event in the history of the adopted post office or community it serves.
- Memorialize the post office as a community anchor.
- Celebrate post office history.
- Remember a mail carrier, postmaster, or clerk.
- Recognize a postal hero.
- Create a new portrait of Benjamin Franklin for a stamp, postcard or poster.
- Remark on current postal affairs.
- Suggest innovative uses of public and historic postal buildings for sale.
- Advocate for public works of art that celebrate postal activities.
- Recommend activities that can keep the post offices vital and innovative in their communities.
All works submitted and accepted are displayed in our website gallery and the semi-finalists and finalists can be accessed from the website FYI section.
A statewide advisory committee has selected a variety of works from the submissions they felt best represented the theme. A curatorial panel has chosen 10 submissions from those selected by the statewide committee for recognition and a two hundred and fifty dollar award.
This is a postal issue that affects artists, printers, small to medium size businesses, non-profits and residential customers in rural, semi-rural and urban areas who all depend on affordable mail services.
Although this phase of the project has ended we would still like to see art work celebrating or recognizing the postal service continue to be submitted. We have grant requests pending so there is a glimmer of hope in being able to provide more funding for this project. Our fingers are crossed. Read more about Report on Call for Artists