till death do us part

Exhibition Location:

Grain Belt Bottling House Atrium

77 Thirteenth Avenue NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Exhibition Hours:

Friday, February 19, 2016 — 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 20, 2016 — 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, February 21, 2016 — 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, opening remarks at 7:00 pm.

For additional information please contact Julie Sirek, 612.819.3119 or jasirek@gmail.com

I am a recipient of a 2015 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Growing up in a family where domestic violence was a constant threat, I believe raising awareness and breaking the silence surrounding this issue is the first step in changing cultural norms and attitudes. Please join me in my pursuit of this lofty goal.

My project, Till Death Do Us Part, is rooted in the tradition of Tibetan prayer flags. Traditionally, a prayer flag is a colorful piece of cloth stamped with imagery or text and strung along mountain ridges. Buddhists believe that as the flag flutters in the breeze it disperses prayers throughout the world. Each year in the United States, approximately 1500 individuals lose their lives as a result of domestic violence. My vision is to create a personalized flag for every man, woman, and child who loses his or her life in 2015 as a result of domestic violence. The flags will be constructed from used clothing and other textiles. I am asking for your help in taking my vision from dream to reality by contributing your unwanted, damaged, or stained clothing or textiles to this project. Please send your contributions to:

Julie Sirek

7240 York Avenue South #403

Edina MN 55435

On February 19-21, 2016, the project will culminate with an exhibition at the Grain Belt Bottling House Atrium in Minneapolis, MN. It is my belief that Till Death Do Us Part will be a profoundly moving and poignant event to help break the silence surrounding domestic violence.

Please share this information with your family, friends, and anyone you believe would be interested in contributing to this project. I would be happy to speak to your organization about my work and this project in particular. If you have any questions regarding a contribution or the project itself, please contact me at jasirek@gmail.com.

Thank you.


Alison Sund

Orville Weiszhaar

Steve Kloyda

Jean Sirek

Ania Gilmore

Akiko Kotani

JoAnn Sund

Juanita Costa

Cathy Ryan

Jean Pociengel

Amanda Degener

Lindalee Scopel

Jody Williams

Mary Leikvold

Lauren Lola

Cheryl Talbot

Michele de St. Aubin

Jane Ploughman

Barb LaDoux

Cecille Hospidales

John Sund

Kim Moe

Marie Bergstedt

Nor Hall

Elizabeth Erickson

Charlotte Howell

Women’s Advocates

Jennifer Fleming

Jenine Menth

Pam & Nick Hoye

Paul Freid

Myrna Noyed

Sarmistha Safui

Chuck More

Lars Mason

Carol Cirando

Women’s Shelter, Inc

Jay Coogan

Arlyss Becker

Julie Piazza

John Sirek & Colleen Loughlin

Lisa Cirando

Roz Ritter

DeWayne & Karen Weiszhaar

Janet Cathey

Joyce Lyons

Lund’s & Byerly’s Edina

York Plaza Apartments

Justin Clifton


Rik Sferra

Swapnil Ruhella

Teresa Harrold

Greg Law

Lisa Hanson

Toni Wangen

Jean Adelmann

Randy Eckstein

Pat and Nikki Eckstein

Lake County Health & Human Services

Brenda Powers