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Gail Anderson, American, born 1962  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 22 × 14 in. (55.9 × 35.6 cm)
Place depicted:
United States, North and Central America
ca. 2013
Gail Anderson is a New York based designer and partner at Anderson Newton Design. Since 1987, Anderson has worked in the field of design at design firms, advertising agencies, and publications. Her work has received awards from major design organizations, including the Society of Publication Designers and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). In 2008 she received a Lifetime Achievement Medal from the AIGA. Anderson currently works as Creative Director at the School of Visual Arts Press and is on the Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Post Office. In 2013, the US Postal Service commissioned Anderson to design the commemorative stamp for the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Anderson was only the second African American designer tapped to design a commemorative stamp, the first being Georg Olden who designed the Proclamation’s 100th anniversary stamp in 1963.
A print for the USPS Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp. The rectangular sheet has a white background and is covered in text in black ink that reads [HENCEFORWARD / SHALL BE / FREE / EMANCIPATION / PROCLAMATION / ABRAHAM LINCOLN / ***1863*** / FOREVER*** USA]. The immediate background to the text is done in horizontal swaths of yellow, green and blue colors, with some patches of reddish orange. They are applied to the sheet in broad horizontal strokes that have uneven strokes at the margins. The print is hand signed by the artist at bottom right: [Gail Anderson].
African American  Search this
Art  Search this
Design  Search this
Emancipation  Search this
Graphic design  Search this
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Gail Anderson
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© United States Postal Service
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National Museum of African American History and Culture