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Artist(s): Heather Layton, United States

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Proposal Title: The International Apology Project, 03/24/2009, Other

Proposal Synopsis: I am writing to every President, King, Queen, and/or Prime Minister of every country in the world to apologize for the decisions that the U.S. government has made in recent history. In the name of transparent government, I am using clear paper to make the envelopes. Every word contained inside can be easily read from the outside. Every person who touches the envelope between my house and its ultimate destination will know that there is as least one American Citizen who believes that this country must take responsibility for actions or inactions that have directly led to the loss of human life. The letters read: President/King/Queen/Prime Minister ___________ , I am writing to apologize for the times when the United States government prioritized its economic interests over the needs of humanity. Sincerely, Heather Layton American Citizen

Artist's Biography: Heather Layton is a Senior Lecturer of Art in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Rochester, where she teaches courses in painting, mixed media, and performance art/social intervention. She received an MFA in Painting from SUNY New Paltz in 2002 and a BFA in Art Education from Syracuse University in 1997. Her work has been exhibited in over twenty-three exhibitions in the past five years in cities including Chicago, Seattle, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Richmond, and Rochester. Heather recently gave an artist talk called, “Borderless: Four Projects in Optimism” at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. She presented a public intervention project on the panel “Art at the Border” at the College Art Association Conference in Dallas, TX. In 2008, she received the Lillian Fairchild Award for a public installation at the George Eastman International Museum of Photography and Film. She currently lives in Rochester, NY.

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