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Abstract Expressionists Stamp Pane Unveiling

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 9 am

Unveiling the Abstract Expressionists Stamp Pane at the First-Day-of-Issue Ceremony. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

On Thursday, March 11, 2010, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the United States Postal Service (USPS) unveiled a new pane of commemorative stamps featuring ten Abstract Expressionist paintings, four of which are from the Albright-Knox’s world-renowned Collection:

The Gallery’s doors opened to the public at 9 am. muse restaurant was converted into the official United States Postal Service site for the purchase and first-day-of-issue of the stamps.

The official unveiling ceremony, led by Executive Director of Stamp Services David E. Failor and Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Louis Grachos, featured honored guests, including the family of Seymour H. Knox III, and remarks from Albright-Knox Art Gallery Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon, who discussed the Abstract Expressionist artists within the historical context of the 1950s. Our guests also enjoyed performances by the Amherst Central High School Varsity Singers & Sweet Sixteens and the Hutchinson Central Technical High School Jazz Ensemble.

A special fundraiser, S.W.AK., followed that evening.

A Day of Celebration Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the following generous sponsors for making our day of celebration possible.

Penny and Charles Banta
Buffalo Spine Surgery and the Cappuccino Family
Leslie and Howard Zemsky

Carol and Charles Balbach 

Ashton Potter USA Ltd
Susan O’Connor Baird and Bruce Baird
Paul William Beltz LLC
Clover Management, Inc.
The Goldwater Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hettrick, Jr.
Mary Jo and Peter Hunt
Margery and Sanford Nobel
Petri Baking Products
The Pierce Family Foundation