Be Enveloped! :: Opening Reception

OPENING RECEPTION sponsored by Neenah Paper

DATE :: Friday, July 17, 2015

TIME :: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

LOCATION :: San Francisco Center for the Book, 375 Rhode Island Street, San Francsico


July 17 thru October 4, 2015


The exhibition seeks to engage visitors to experience envelopes in myriad ways:

:: As a functional structure – a manufactured object that envelops or encloses its contents securely and confidentially, for mailing and other usages;

:: As a vehicle for art and/or commerce, from advertising covers, illustrated envelopes, and collages, to identity systems and branding;

:: As a historical record or personal artifact, where the envelope may add significantly to the story told by its contents;

:: As a decorative object, keepsake, or collectible;

:: As an internationally recognized icon for personal communication – on stationery, postage stamps, and other merchandise;

:: As a literary device, where envelopes are central and inspirational– from Griffin and Sabine to The Jolly Postman and Flat Stanley.


Alyson Kuhn, aka The Kuhncierge, and Michael Osborne, founder and creative director of Michael Osborne Design (MOD), have collaborated, corresponded, and inspired each other since 1997. Their preferred subjects tend to be paper, postage stamps, and art–ideally all at the same time. Be Enveloped! is their fifth exhibition together. Alyson and Michael have both been honored as AIGA Fellows by the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.


Kahle Austin Foundation

San Francisco Foundation Grants for the Arts:

Susan Lindstrom


Golden West Envelope

Hemlock Printers

The Ligature




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