FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
U.S. Postal Service announces date and location for Minnesota Artist George Morrison First-Day-Of-Issue Stamp Dedication Ceremony.
April 5, 2022 – Grand Portage, Minn. – The United States Postal Service will honor Native American Modernist Artist George Morrison (1919-2000) with a First-Day-of-Issue Stamp Dedication Ceremony at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 22nd, 2022 at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino in Grand Portage, MN. The pane of 20 George Morrison Commemorative Forever Stamps shows five of Morrison’s abstract landscapes, painted between 1949 and 1995.
The Stamp Dedication Ceremony will take place indoors at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. The program will feature traditional drumming from Stonebridge Singers, live music, a pipe ceremony, and speakers. Attendees to include state, tribal, and local dignitaries, members of the public, artists, museum directors, the Morrison Family, and representatives of the National Park Service.
The event is free and open to the public. Ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/georgemorrison. Link here for the official press release from the U.S. Postal Service. News of the stamps is being shared with the hashtag #GeorgeMorrisonStamps.
George Morrison was born in Chippewa City, near Grand Marais, MN in 1919, and is widely recognized as a founding figure of Native American modernism and one of the nation’s greatest modernists artists. He is best known for his abstract landscapes and monumental wood collages, which draw on childhood memories and reflect a deep and abiding connection with the natural world. Many of his works feature a prominent horizon line inspired by his childhood on the shore of Lake Superior.
Two exhibitions of George Morrison’s work will run in conjunction with the Stamp Dedication Ceremony. At Grand Portage National Monument’s Heritage Center, the George Morrison Exhibit “Connections” will open the week of April 18, 2022. For this exhibit, the National Park Service has gathered works in their collection, along with works and artifacts from private collections, to curate the exhibition. The show will run through September of 2022.
Another exhibition of Morrison’s work will take place at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery in Grand Marais. Artworks in the collection of the Cook County Historical Society will be on temporary display in the Anna Johnson Room, opening the week of April 18, 2022.
Both exhibits are free and open to the public.
Other events in support of the Stamp Dedication Ceremony:
- Reception and Dinner Program on Friday, April 22, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This is a VIP RSVP invitation-only event at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino.
- “Artists in the Lobby” at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 am – 5 pm. Local and regional artists in a variety of mediums will display their work.
- Dedication of “Spirit Little Cedar Tree,” a large, wooden mosaic created by Grand Portage Artist Donavan Dahmen. The artwork was acquired by the Grand Portage Tribe in 2017 and depicts a sacred tree of the same name, located on the Grand Portage Reservation. It can be viewed in the lobby of Grand Portage Lodge & Casino. Dahmen has said that he wants to dedicate the piece to Morrison, who greatly inspired him as an artist. Morrison is recognized and widely admired for his monumental wooden mosaics.
Customers may purchase George Morrison stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at www.usps.com/shopstamps , by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.
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