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Designed by:
Gail Anderson, American, born 1962  Search this
Illustrated by:
Terry Allen, American  Search this
Subject of:
President Barack Obama, American, born 1961  Search this
School of Visual Arts, American, founded 1947  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 45 7/8 × 30 in. (116.5 × 76.2 cm)
Place depicted:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
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.
This is a subway poster for the School of Visual Arts designed by Gail Anderson and illustrated by Terry Allen, featuring a quote from President Barack Obama and an illustration of an abstract figure painting two red flowers. The poster has a blue background that fades to black towards the top margin. There is a red flower painted in each upper corner of the poster. At the bottom center of the poster is a square of horizontal red and white stripes. An ‘arm’ branches off the top right-hand side of the square then bend in a ninety-degree angle to point straight up. The ‘arm’ is checked red and white and ends in an orange dot. The orange dot appears to hold the long black handle of a paintbrush that reaches up the right side of the poster and appears to be painting the red flower in the upper right corner. In the center of the poster is white text that reads “IN REAFFIRMING / THE / GREATNESS / OF OUR / NATION, / WE / UNDERSTAND / THAT / GREATNESS / IS NEVER A / GIVEN. / IT MUST BE EARNED. “In the top red stripe of the red and white square is white text that reads “PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA / Inaugural Address – January 20, 2009.”. In the bottom right corner is a small red flower, the logo of the School of Visual Arts. White text next to the flower reads “School of VISUAL ARTS / SVA.EDU.” This is followed by copyright information.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Art  Search this
Design  Search this
Education  Search this
Graphic design  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Gail Anderson
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Restrictions & Rights:
© School of Visual Arts
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