The "I Wish to Say" Project

Thursday 27 October 2016 // 6:30–8:30pm

Driven by a powerful belief in the value of free expression, Sheryl Oring, Assistant Professor, UNCG, has spent more than a decade helping people across the country voice concerns about public affairs through her “I Wish To Say” Project

Her latest publication Activating Democracy: The “I Wish To Say” Project (Intellect, 2016) uses that project as the starting point to explore a series of public interest issues being addressed by artists today. The book features essays by contributors ranging from art historians and practicing artists to scholars and creators working in literature, political science, and architecture.

Thursday’s event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. with a special book release and a performance by Oring and UNCG students in the museum atrium, followed by a presentation and discussion with Oring and contributing book essayists at 7 p.m. Visitors will be invited to dictate postcards to the next President. The North Carolina-based contributors who will discuss their essays are Lee Walton, associate professor of art at UNCG; Dr. David Holian, associate professor of political science at UNCG; George Scheer, founder of Elsewhere, a living museum in downtown Greensboro; and Dhanraj Emanuel, a Greensboro-based photographer. A reception immediately follows and books will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

"Sheryl Oring has activated democracy by stressing conversation over voting and reactivating a seemingly abandoned, deeply gendered tool of communication: the typewriter," says artist and Duke University Professor Pedro Lasch. "We have much to learn from her and the artists, scholars and activists included, as we ask ourselves what we would say to the U.S. president."

An assistant professor of art, Oring has an interdisciplinary practice that incorporates both old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster change. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at UNCG's School of Art and in the Lloyd International Honors College. Oring was recently named Distinguished Spartan Scholar by the UNCG Humanities Network and Consortium.

Oring's next performance will take place at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem on November 1. For a full touring schedule, visit

Activating Democracy: The "I Wish to Say" Project is available at
Weatherspoon Art Museum / University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 500 Tate St, Greensboro, NC 27412

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Sheryl Oring is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Cover book image is courtesy of Artist Sheryl Oring.

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