Creativity Explored: The Mail Art Club

Creativity Explored: The Mail Art Club

April 8 – June 11, 2022

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At the beginning of the pandemic, disabled Creativity Explored artists, their teaching artists, and program volunteers began to exchange handmade postcards to stay connected. This experimental exchange of art and ideas through the mail, a practice dating back to the 1960s, resulted in hundreds of postcard-sized artworks over the past two years.

Collab Card 5,
 The Mail Art Club, 2021, 4.125 x 6.5 in.

On view at the Creativity Explored gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District, The Mail Art Club showcases dozens of original drawings, collaborative multimedia collages and text-based work mailed and exchanged between participants of the ongoing class.


Untitled, James Nielsen, 2020, multimedia postcard, 4.75 x 5.5 in.

The exhibition is co-curated by Michael Napper and Cheryl Ward with assistance from Judith LaRosa and Sylvie Carnot. The exhibition focuses on artworks by a core group of artists who regularly attend the class: Ada Chow, Joseph "JD" GreenJames NielsenJoseph OmolayoleYukari SakuraAmani Swalim and Miyuki Tsurukawa.


Untitled (Field Trip to Happy Donuts), Miyuki Tsurukawa, 2020, multimedia postcard, 4.75 x 6.5 in.

To celebrate The Mail Art Club exhibition, Creativity Explored is calling for the public to join the club and send original postcard-sized mail art to the gallery.

Artworks received during the run of the exhibition will be presented in the gallery window display on 16th Street in San Francisco, shared with artists during their mail art classes, and posted on Creativity Explored’s social media. If you need some inspiration, pick up The Mail Art Club Postcard Set online to start your own artful correspondence.

To participate, sign your artwork and send it to:

The Mail Art Club
3245 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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