The Fellow award program is a means of recognizing designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation, as well as the practice of design are given equal consideration in measuring significant contribution.
AIGA DC Fellow award recipients by year
Rodney Williams and Tamera Lawrence
David J. Franek
Charles Michael Helmken
Kessler has been a designer in the DC area since 1971. She has won over 200 design-related awards and her work has been acknowledged by Graphis, Communication Arts, Print, and other highly regarded design publications. In 2004, Kessler received the AIGA/DC Fellow Award for her achievements in design excellence and leadership in the DC area.
For over 20 years, Kessler has art directed stamps for the US Postal Service. Her first released stamp design was the Breast Cancer Semi-Postal Stamp that launched in 1998 and has raised over $85 million dollars for breast cancer research. Kessler has art directed over 250 additional stamps for the Postal Service including stamps for the Library of Congress, Louise Nevelson, Civil Rights, Alzheimer’s, the Nature of America and Lunar New Year both 12 year series, the Scenic American Landscapes, Civil Rights themed stamps, and famous Americans like Ella Fitzgerald to Love and Weddings. She is honored to be among the select few to have this amazing opportunity.
“I believe there is no way to know in the beginning how your career will develop. From day one you just put one foot in front of the other and do your best. You find ways to participate or contribute that you could never have imagined. And you start developing as a member of the Design Community. I am so grateful that my life in design in Washington has been acknowledged by my peers. To me, it’s the greatest award that can be bestowed! And I am grateful.”