Artwork for stamp designs

Stamp Development works with professional art directors to oversee the creation of stamp designs. The art directors, in turn, work with professional designers, artists, illustrators, and photographers to produce the stamp art, one of the most visible forms of public art.

The Postal Service issues approximately 35 stamps each year; a small percentage of those stamp designs are created by artists new to stamp design.

In order to have your work considered, please follow the submission guidelines below. Personal interviews are not granted.

  • Submit a portfolio of samples in print form (tear sheets, color copies, etc.) that best represent your style of work. Samples are not returned; neither original art nor slides will be accepted.
  • Do not submit artwork or photographs for a stamp subject for consideration. Unsolicited stamp designs will not be reviewed or considered.
  • Mail your portfolio to the following address:

    USPS Stamp Development
    Attn: Stamp Design
    475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
    Washington, DC 20260-3501

The Stamp Development design team reviews all submitted portfolios.  Approved portfolios are placed in a talent file. This file is reviewed periodically as new stamp subjects are assigned. The Stamp Development design team makes artist selections in consultation with CSAC and the art directors.

The Stamp Development design staff assigns each contract. Contracts are flat fee; there is no competitive bid process.