Mississippi professor’s original art to be featured on U.S. postage stamp

A faculty member in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design is putting his stamp on American culture and history with help from the U.S. Postal Service.

Alex Bostic, an MSU associate professor of art and illustrator with more than 40 years of experience, will see his original art “Edmonia Lewis” featured on one of several new USPS stamps being issued in 2022. The Edmonia Lewis Commemorative Forever stamp—the 45th stamp in the USPS’s Black Heritage Series—will be released Jan. 26 and available for purchase in sheets of 20 at www.usps.com/shopstamps.

A dedication ceremony for the Edmonia Lewis Commemorative Forever stamp is being held Jan. 26 at 12:30 p.m. EST at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. For more event details, visit www.usps.com/edmonialewis.

“I am proud to have my art on a U.S. postage stamp. I have done stamps for other countries, but this is my first for the United States,” said Bostic, who has taught at MSU for 11 years. “Edmonia Lewis was a perfect subject for me because of what she went through to be an artist, particularly as an African American.”

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