Guest Artist Program

five stamps featuring mariachi musicians

Guest artist Rafael Lopez

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. They work to find the perfect balance between the countless perspectives and experiences of the American people with their individual artistic visions.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2023 Guest Artist, which will be publicly announced soon. All programs with the 2023 Guest Artist are anticipated to occur during Summer 2023.

The Guest Artist Program is generously supported by the TurningPoint Foundation.

Past Guest Artists

Guest artist Rafael Lopez

Throughout the summer of 2022, the National Postal Museum collaborated with stamp artist Rafael Lopez to examine a collection of themes illustrated in his original stamp designs. Lopez used his time as the museum's first Guest Artist to highlight topics with program participants such as the historic lack of representation on stamps, the realities of living with disabilities or physical challenges, and the importance of perseverance. As part of his work with the National Postal Museum, Lopez created three Learning Lab collections that showcase portraits of Latinx individuals he completed for the National Museum of the American Latino.