American Stories, American Stamps

Tuesday / October 23 / 6:00 PM

$10 Members $15 Non-Members


Date & Time

Tuesday, October 23
6pm - 8:30pm


Fine Arts Building, NOVA Alexandia Campus

Free for NOVA students (with promo code).

American Stories. American Stamps. celebrates our nation through miniature works of graphic design.

Since the first U.S. postage stamps were issued in 1847, designers have been telling American stories on a small scale. Though tiny, postage stamps have an outsized ambition: to capture the diversity of our nation and our culture for a global audience.

To tackle this enduring and invigorating design challenge, stamp designers and art directors work creatively within constraints. Collaboration is essential. From the committee that identifies stamp subjects to the final production teams, art directors work with both broad vision and devotion to detail.

For centuries, stamp designers have applied timeless design principles to these miniature canvases, capturing the people, places and eventsthat shape our collective identity as Americans.

Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria invited United States Postal Service art director Antonio Alcalá to create an exhibition about stamp design for their new gallery. American Stamps. American Stories. written and designed by Studio A and Journey Group—features stamps by USPS art directors Antonio Alcalá, Greg Breeding, Ethel Kessler, and Derry Noyes.

From popular entertainers to historic events, and from scientific achievements to nature’s beauty, the broad American experience is represented in eye-catching displays of stamps. Supporting artwork and text present the stamp design process, highlighting how important design principles help produce successful stamp designs.

Agenda for the Event

  • 6:00 to 7:00pm - Explore the Exhibition & Check-in: AFA Building Main Floor Art Gallery
  • 7:00 to 8:30pm - Designer Discussion: Bisdorf Building (AA) Room 196


We invite you to submit a stamp design (or multiple stamp designs) for display in this exhibition. Think of the people and phenomena that loom large in your life and reimagine them on the tiniest canvas: a postage stamp.

Download the following Adobe InDesign template to place your image and write a short description of your design.

Save the file as a PDF and submit it via email it to via weTransfer, Dropbox, or Hightail. Please send your completed artwork and story no later than Sunday, October 21.