Smithsonian to host guest artist program

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is hosting its summer guest artist program with U.S. illustrator John Para.

Six free programs from June to August will offer visitors of all ages opportunities to learn about the process of designing and illustrating U.S. postage stamps.

“Stamp artists have the extremely challenging task of depicting the shared history, culture and beliefs of an entire nation on a one-inch square piece of paper,” reads a statement from organizers. “They work to find the perfect balance between the countless perspectives and experiences of the American people with their individual artistic visions. This summer, visitors to the National Postal Museum can join the museum and Parra as they examine a collection of themes illustrated in his original stamp designs and illustrations.”

Jessie Aucoin, the museum’s education and visitor experience director, noted the oft-repeated phrase, “Every stamp tells a story. Through an incredible range of programs, stamp artist John Para will demonstrate just how true that is”

Para added: “I am honoured to be presenting at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum as we celebrate stories, stamp art and the creative process, one inch squared.”

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