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“Freedom of the Presses: Artists’ Books in the Twenty-First Century”

Included in this new book edited by Marshall Weber and published by Booklyn. Freedom of the Presses is at once a textbook and a toolbox for using artists’ books and creative publications to further community engagement and social justice projects.

“I Wish to Say” at Dorothea Dix Park, June 1

Send a postcard to the President during a festival at the Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, NC. Stay tuned for details.

“I Wish to Say” at Greensboro Bound, May 16

Send a postcard to the President during the opening festivities for the Greensboro Bound book festival. Typing from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Read more here.

“I Wish to Say,” Lebauer Park, Greensboro, April 13

Students from UNCG will perform from 2-4 (rain date, same time on April 14). Stop by to send a postcard to the President.

"I Wish to Say" at College Art Association, Feb. 13

Send a postcard to the President at CAA. Typing will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 13 at the NY Hilton Midtown, Second Floor Promenade.

“Writer’s Block” at Creative Pinellas: Feb. 7

On May 10, 1933, a Berlin public square known as Bebelplatz was the site of an infamous book burning that saw the destruction of approximately 20,000 books at the hands of Nazi officials and student groups.

Sheryl Oring premiered her sculptural installation Writer’s Block in the same square on the 66th anniversary of the book burning.Creative Pinellas now invites you to experience this powerful artistic statement on free expression and censorship.

The exhibition will open to a free reception and conversation with artist Sheryl Oring at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas.


“Dear Mr. President,” the postcards began in 2004. Now the greetings are darker.

An artist shares what has changed in 15 years of typewritten letters from the public to Bush, Obama and Trump. Essay published in the Washington Post.

“I Wish to Say” video released

Video documents 2017 performance in Pittsburgh that was commissioned by The Office of Public Art and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership; video by Mark Knobil and Marc Rettig.

“Agitype: Changing the World One Letter at a Time” at Ringling College

Mid-career survery show at the Lois and David Stulberg Gallery at Ringling College in Sarasota, FL. Opens October 12, through December 8.

See images from the show.

Agitype drawings

As part of the Ringling College show, the artist created a new series of drawings featuring quotes from the #MeToo movement. She plans to expand the series in the coming year.

See images of this work.

“Writer’s Block” at Washington and Lee University

Solo show at the Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, September 1-30. More info here.

“I Wish to Say” at Art Prize

Oring will be typing postcards to the president at the Western Michigan University gallery during Art Prize in Grand Rapids, MI. More info here.

"I Wish to Say" at College Art Association

Send a postcard to the President at CAA. Typing will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 22 at the LA Convention Center. More info here. 


"Writer's Block" at Ruffin Gallery, University of Virginia

Solo show at the Ruffin Gallery at University of Virginia in Charlottesville will feature Oring's "Writer's Block" sculptures and a selection of works on paper. Opening is January 26 from 5-7 p.m.




"I Wish to Say" at Market Square, Pittsburgh

Stop by Market Square and dictate a postcard to the President on the 99th and 100th days of his term. Brought to you by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Office of Public Art. Friday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday April 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


"I Wish to Say" at the Torpedo Factory

Dictate a postcard to the President at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. Event from 6-9 p.m. on April 13. 


"I Wish to Say" at the College Art Association (NY)

Dictate a postcard to the President at CAA! Thursday, Feb. 16, noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Promenade of the New York Hilton. More info here. 


"I Wish to Say" Archive Launched

The UNCG Library has launched a comprehensive digital archive of the "I Wish to Say" project documenting 3,289 messages to the President typed since 2004. 


I Wish to Say @ Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC)

Every Saturday from 2-4 pm through the first 100 days of the new presidency there will be an "I Wish to Say" performance at Elsewhere, 606 South Elm St., Greensboro, NC. Stop by and dictate a postcard to the President.



I Wish to Say @ Elsewhere

Typing starts at 8:30 p.m.

 606 South Elm St., Greensboro, NC


Activating Democracy: The I Wish to Say Project

is just out from University of Chicago  Press.


I Wish to Say @ CAM Raleigh

Nov. 4, 5-7 p.m.


Dispatches Exhibition at SECCA

Winston-Salem, NC

Opening: Nov. 1, 6-9 pm (typing from 7-8:30 pm)

More info. 


Activating Democracy Book Launch

Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

More info


I Wish to Say @ Creative Time Summit

Oct. 14 and 15, Washington, DC

Noon to 2 p.m., registration area

Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW


I Wish to Say @ Madison Square Park (NY)

Oct. 11, noon to 2 p.m.

Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street

The fountain at the southern end of park,

facing Shake Shack.


I Wish to Say @ Monmouth University (NJ)

Oct. 6

Performance: 11:30am-1:30pm

Rebecca Stafford Student Center

Artist’s Talk: 4:30pm, Club Dining Room

More info.


I Wish to Say @ Appalachian State University

Sept. 29

Performance: noon to 2 p.m.


I Wish to Say @ University of Colorado, Boulder

Oct. 23, noon to 2 p.m.

More info.


I Wish to Say @ Smack Mellon - June 17-July 31

Messages to the presidential candidates dictated during the an April 27 event at Bryant Park will be on display at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn as part of the "Of the people" exhibition. Opening reception: 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. Closing events: 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.


I Wish to Say @ Bryant Park

The show moves to Wednesday April 27! Come join us in Bryant Park to send a message to one of the presidential candidates, typed on a manual typewriter.


New Project at Tampa International Airport

Sheryl Oring was recently awarded a public art commission at the Tampa International Airport. She was one of 753 applicants for this award. Her project, "Greetings From Tampa" has proposed a sculpture with a performance-based, socially engaged component. Oring will invite Tampa residents to share stories and memories about their city The hand-typed stories and photos of Tampa will be printed on aluminum and form the material for the sculptures.  


New T-shirts on Etsy

Check out the new "I Wish to Say" T-shirts, available on Etsy. Sales will help cover some of the costs associated with the 2016 shows. Thanks for your support!


"I Wish to Say" performance

April 26, 12:30-6:30 pm (rain date, April 27)

At the PEN World Voices Festival, New York

Stop by New York's Bryant Park, where artist Sheryl Oring and a team of PEN writers and UNCG students invite you to dictate postcards to the Presidential candidates. Your card will be typed on a manual typewriter, and Oring will mail it to the candidate.


Forthcoming  Book:

Activating Democracy
The I Wish to Say Project

Motivated by her belief in the value of free expression that is guaranteed under our Constitution, Sheryl Oring’s I Wish to Say project has been helping citizens voice their concerns about the state-of-affairs in the US for over a decade now. In Activating Democracy Oring uses her own project as the starting point for exploring a series of issues tackled by artists working within the social practice genre of art. Featuring essays by contributors ranging from art historians and artists to those working in fields as diverse as literature, political science and architecture, the collection is intended to elucidate and unpack different frameworks employed by a wide spectrum of individuals working in a varied field. The juxtaposition of these perspectives will no doubt spark a dialogue among readers, and it is hoped that the book will serve as a resource and archive for innovative, cross-disciplinary ways of working that continue to transform the landscape of contemporary art.

ISBN - 978-1-78320-671-1
Ebook available
Available to pre-order from Chicago University Press in July
Projected publication date 16 September 2016


"I Wish to Say" Performance at College Art Association

Time: 02/04/2016, 12:00 PM—4:00 PM
Location: Registration Area, Lobby Level

Sheryl Oring brings her “I Wish to Say” performance to CAA, where conference goers are invited to dictate a postcard to one of the Presidential candidates. Oring, of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and colleague Dr. Corey Dzenko, of Monmouth University, will type postcards on manual typewriters as part of this ongoing public art project.

More information on “I Wish to Say:”


Presenter at the College Book Arts Association

Date: 01/08/2016

Location: College Book Arts Association  Nashville, TN



Learning on the Streets of New York

Sheryl's "Art in Odd Places" class at UNCG was designed to introduce students to art in the public realm. Students visited the New York festival and worked with artists there. Now they're developing their own projects. Check out this blog entry featured on the AiOP Blog.


Tampa International Airport Project

Sheryl was recently selected from a pool of 753 applicants as one of the finalists in a public art competition at the Tampa International Airport.


Franklin Furnace Fund Project:

Sheryl was recently selected as one of the new grantees at the Franklin Furnace Fund! There were 492 applications and she was one of the lucky ones. Stay tuned for info on a forthcoming project in New York.


I Wish to Say performance

July 25 (1 - 4 pm) and July 26 (3 - 6 pm)

at Out of Site Festival, Chicago


Travel Desk at SDIA

Pleased to announce that "Travel Desk" is now installed in Terminal 2 at the San Diego International Airport.



Maueramt performance
9 November, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Berlin Wall Memorial
Bernauer Strasse at Strelitzer Straße

Maueramt Exhibition Opening
6 November, 6-9 p.m.
Auguststrasse 11-13

Role Model - Dubai
4 November, 6-8 p.m.
Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood
Dubai / @ ISEA

Maueramt on Monday, October 13
11 am to 1 pm
At the TOP of the Viewing Tower
Bernauer Strasse at Acker Strasse

Maueramt performances
Sept. 4 - October 13
Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Strasse, Berlin
Acker Strasse/Bernauer Strasse, 11 am - 1 pm
near U-bahn Bernauer Strasse, 2- 5 pm

Presse-Text auf deutsch



Creating Collective Memory
Oct. 23
Reception 5:15 pm
Artist Talk 6:00 pm
Sloane Art Library
UNC Chapel Hill
More Info

The One and the Many:
Perspectives on Self and Other in Art and Human Rights Practices
Gallery 249
University of Dayton
Sept. 27 - Oct. 31
More Info

Art Madness
March 8 - 15
UNCG Art Department
More Info



Required Reading: Printed Material
as Agent of Intervention
Curated by Yaelle Amir
The Center for Book Arts, New York
Oct. 3 - Dec. 15
More Info

Art Prospect Festival
St. Petersburg Russia
Performances on Sept. 20 - 22

I Wish to Say
Sept. 3
1 to 4 p.m.
At the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 South Tryon, Charlotte

100 Possibilities
College Art Association Conference
Los Angeles
Feb. 22 and 23
1 to 5 p.m.
Conference Registration Area
Concourse Foyer, Level 1
LA Convention Center
More Info



Collective Memory
Bryant Park
New York City
Sept. 9 - 11
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
weather permitting
More Info



Happy Day
Conflux Festival
New York
Oct. 9
More Info

Rilke's Offerings
Art in Odd Places Fest
New York
Oct. 1 - 10
More Info

I Wish to Say
01SJ Biennial
Sept. 17
More Info

I Wish to Say
In Book Power! exhibition
June 3 - 26, 2010
23 Sandy Gallery, Portland
More Info