Graphic design is a second career for Dr. Maribel O. Gray. Changing course after working as an emergency physician at a Level I trauma center in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, Gray pursued training in graphic design and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., in 2013.
Gray’s thesis project included creating and exhibiting silkscreened posters rendered in the style of Depression-era WPA posters. Her updated interpretation of the influential medium promoted contemporary issues such as clean energy, HIV testing, and health-conscious dietary practices.
Following her graduation, Gray became an adjunct faculty lecturer at the GWU Corcoran School of Arts and Design and a staff designer at Studio A in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to stamp design, Gray's focus at Studio A is working on design projects for web and mobile devices as well as UI/UX (user interface/user experience) design. Gray is also a printmaker whose work has been included in several juried exhibitions.
WPA Posters is Gray's first project for the U.S. Postal Service®. She designed these stamps with Postal Service™ art director Antonio Alcalá.