Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

(Greensboro, NC)Sheryl Oring

Project Description

“I Wish to Say” is a performance that asks the public to consider their views, wishes and concerns about Presidential politics. The work fosters a free expression of ideas and an open exchange about national concerns by inviting people to consider what they would say to the U.S. President if they had his (or her) ear. For this work, Sheryl Oring plans to assemble a crew of typists, who will dress in 1960s office attire, create a public office at Bryant Park and invite passersby to dictate postcards to the President, which will be hand-typed on manual typewriters.


Sheryl Oring’s work examines social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange. Oring’s work has been shown at Bryant Park in New York City; the Berlin Wall Memorial; the Jewish Museum Berlin; the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, CA; the San Diego Museum of Art; as well as in major festivals such as Encuentro in São Paulo, Brazil, and the Art Prospect Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. She recently completed a large-scale public art installation at the San Diego International Airport, and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.