Monday, March 14, 2005

`Joan of Art'

Joan Adams Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, and James Miho, an award-winning graphic designer and photographer, will become the newest member in April of the U.S. Postmaster General's Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.

Joan Mondale's diligent efforts to support America's cultural life during President Jimmy Carter's administration, the USPS noted, earned her the unofficial title "Joan of Art." Miho, an art director of campaigns for Champion Papers and Container Corp. of America, is a design educator and photographer.

A graduate of Pasadena, Calif.'s Art Center College of Design, Miho began his design career at the N.W. Ayer & Son advertising agency in Philadelphia. There, he worked with Charles Coiner on the "Great Ideas of Western Man" campaign for CCA.Miho introduced to that series the works of pop artists such as Andy Warhol and Larry Rivers. Miho is best known for his concept, design and photography for Imagination, the annual book of papers for designers.

After studying art at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., Joan Mondale worked at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis.In 1977, she was appointed honorary chairwoman of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities by President Carter, where she was affectionately named the nation's "Joan of Art," for her work in supporting cultural life across the nation.

The USPS also announced that Meredith Davis will leave the advisory committee after 12 years of service.

Established in 1957, the CSAC receives about 50,000 cards and letters a year from the public proposing and supporting stamp topics. It's responsible for making subject and design recommendations -- about 30 a year -- to the postmaster general.The 15 members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the postmaster general. Their backgrounds reflect a wide range of educational, artistic, historical and professional expertise. All share an interest in stamp collecting and fulfilling the needs of postal customers.,0,3600300.story?coll=sfla-features-aetv
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