Four Centuries of American Art

Works by some of the most influential artists in American history came on display in United States post offices beginning August 27, 1998 when a pane of 20 postage stamps celebrating Four Centuries of American Art was officially issued. The pane of stamps includes works by Grant Wood, Winslow Homer, and Mary Cassatt, among others.

Deborah K. Willhite, the Postal Service's Senior Vice President, Government Relations, was joined by Virginia Noelke, Chairperson of the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee, to dedicate the stamps. John Hotchner, President of the American Philatelic Society and Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee member, and Jackson Taylor, Vice President of the American Stamp Dealers Association, were on hand for the event.

Eighty million of the Four Centuries of American Art stamps have been printed and became available at post offices nationwide on August 28. These stamps are the latest in the Postal Service's popular "Classic Collection," a format featuring a collector sheet of 20 colorful designs with descriptive text on the reverse side of each stamp. Previous Classic Collections centered on themes of Legends of the West, the Civil War, Comic Strip Classics, and Classic American Aircraft.

Presenting a mix of style and subject matter, the 20 works featured on the Four Centuries of American Art pane of stamps come from museums and collections across the country. The following are featured:

For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.


This page was originally published 9/2/98 in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information. rev. 11/28/11

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