Friday, September 3, 2010

The Dear Mary or Jari Project-

The Feminist Art Project- Oklahoma Chapter is thrilled to announce a collaborative art project, and we need YOUR help!

From the Call for Entries:
This election season, Oklahoma is poised to make history by electing either Mary
Fallin or Jari Askins as its first female governor. With this in mind, the Oklahoma
chapter of the Feminist Art Project is launching a participatory art project titled, The
‘Dear Mary or Jari’ Project.

What do you hope will happen in Oklahoma in the next four years? Would you
like to speak up about issues that are important to you? Would you like to give a
message to our next governor? Here is your chance. The FAP is collecting letters
and handmade artwork addressed to Dear Mary or Jari, with the wishes, hopes, and
fears from Oklahoma women statewide. We would love your participation in this

• To celebrate the state of Oklahoma’s historical election between two female
candidates for Governor
• To provide an opportunity for Oklahoma’s female artists to convey their
thoughts, hopes, and desires to the first female Governor
• To stimulate discussion regarding the female voice in politics and the
culture of Oklahoma
• To encourage females throughout the state to vote in this election

Entries should be a “Visual Art Letter” to Oklahoma’s first female governor.
Therefore, all artists must work with the title of “Dear Mary or Jari.” Artists may
create their original visual art letter by utilizing mediums such as painting, drawing,
handwritten letters, fiber art, or any handmade work of art. Eligibility is restricted to
female Oklahomans who currently live in the state. Letters may contain poetry,
prose, persuasive essays, drawings, paintings, photography, or any media that can
be attached to or created on a piece of paper, canvas, or similar surface that is 15”
x 15” in size and on a stitchable material. Entries are not required to be signed.
Once collected, entries will be assembled into a collaborative work of art, and
copies of each entry will be bound and delivered to the winner of the gubernatorial

1. Submissions limited to female Oklahomans living in the state.
2. Only one submission per individual.
3. The work must be 15” x 15” in size on a stitchable material. No exceptions
to dimensions will be permitted.
4. The thickness of the work must not exceed ½”.
5. Artwork will not be returned to the artist but will be gifted in the form of a
book to the winner of the gubernatorial race in November.
6. There are no fees to participate.
7. All mailing costs are the responsibility of the participant.
8. The Feminist Art Project Task Force members reserve the right to omit any
offensive or inappropriate entries.

Entries will be received through Sunday, September 26th at 5:00pm. Submissions
received after this date will not be considered. An opening reception will be held
on Friday, October 1st from 6-10pm at a.k.a. gallery in the Paseo Arts District, 3001
Paseo, Oklahoma City. The exhibition will be on display at the a.k.a. gallery from
October 1–October 30, 2010.

**Please pass this on as much as you like! The more participants, the better this will represent the voices of women in our state.



  1. I just read the article in The Journal Record about the "Dear Mary or Jari" project. Interesting project and a nice gift for the new governor.

  2. thanks, Donna! I hope we will see you at the opening tomorrow in the Paseo!