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The University Library Gallery at Sac State is excited to launch Hello Stranger, a mail art project in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, that re-ignites tangible moments of art inspiration via the US Postal Service. How do we continue to create, nourish, and build community in a time of social isolation? How can we generate new experiences of art with limited access to museums, galleries, and studios or create an alternative to on-line viewing? Inviting artists from throughout California to participate, the project provides an antidote to our newfound virtual communications making use of the US Postal Service to deliver art to recipients. Hello Stranger follows the rich history of mail art from On Kawara’s I am Still Alive 50-year telegram project to Ray Johnson’s Correspondence School in the 1960s. Creating opportunities for connection between artists and “strangers,” the project is a reminder that our personal communities are ever-expanding.

Would you like to be a mail art recipient in this project? Email your name and address to hellostrangerartproject@gmail.com.

Participating Artists:
Amy Bessone
Chris Daubert
Julia Couzens
Luis Garcia
Esther Hall
Robin Hill
Stephen Kaltenbach
Aida Lizalde

Kara Maria
Rebecca Morris
Michelle Ott
Lordy Rodriguez
Lauren Ruth
David E. Stone
Summer Ventis
and more to come….

Hello Stranger will culminate in an exhibition at the University Library Gallery (date to be determined) with an event to open and display the mail art sent to the University Library Gallery from participating artists. Recipients are also asked to mail a response to the gallery that will be exhibited alongside the mail art pieces (postcards will be provided to recipients). An expected 100-150 mail art pieces will be sent out June – July, 2020.