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You’re U.S. is a unique ethnographic project using arts and craftsmanship to display the distinctive character of people across America

You’re U.S. will launch Spring 2011. Over five years Emile B. Klein will bicycle across America’s 50 states to observe, interview and paint portraits of Americans, staying with them as they live their lives. Each subject will be given their portrait in exchange for providing room and board. A special relationship is formed when painting a portrait from life, a relationship that will allow You’re U.S. unique insight into the subject’s life. Klein plans to paint 150 lasting American impressions.

Chris Hoff, an oral historian, will create audio biographical profiles of each subject from interviews conducted by Klein during the portrait painting process. You’re U.S.’s literary staff will write a biography of the subject based on these interviews, as well as Klein’s portrait. In each state, Klein will give talks highlighting portraiture and the great tradition of American craftsmanship.

A new set of the visual, audio and literal portraits will be published online monthly. Annually, the paintings will be collected and coupled with their audio and literary counterparts for a traveling exhibition to be shown in public spaces throughout the country.

Core objectives: · To use the classic art of painted portraiture, accompanied by oral and written biographies, to celebrate America’s diversity and search for its underlying character.You’re U.S. will make every effort to ensure that this unique opportunity is made possible to people throughout the nation so that the U.S. people as a whole may be equally represented.

· To promote national investment in America’s craftsmen, and inspire pride in the quality of U.S. goods by using American-made artisan materials (paint, brushes, bicycle).

· To create an engaging and accessible public archive of U.S. people and their histories, an archive that provides diverse opinions and honest representations of those documented.

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         ----Receive our handprinted letterpress Postcards for 5 Bucks!----

                         (sent as a letter during Emile's Travels!)

                     ----- Sample recipe Books for a $15 contribution----

                                    (limitless unique books available)



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Samples of work at $25 contribution: (46 to choose from!) 

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Samples works for $80 contribution: (14 to choose from!)

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Samples of Works for $150 contribution: (12 to choose from!)

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Samples of work for $200 contribution: (11 to choose from!)

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Samples of work for $400 contribution: (14 to choose from!)

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Paintings for $750 contribution: (Only 2 to choose from!)

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Work for $1,000 contribution: (4 to choose from)

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 Paintings for $2,500 contribution: (4 to choose from.)

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Select paintings for $3,000 contribution (3 to choose from.)

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 Select paintings for $6,000 contribution

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    COBBLER: A You’re U.S. letterpress postcard, written to you by Emile during his 2011 travels from Florida to Delaware. Designed by Aaron Scamhorn

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    BAKER:Choose from a limited selection of Emile’s drawing and oil sketches, made during his time in Italy. As well as a letterpress postcard. Tax deductible donation. reserve a choice work now! http://youreus.com/donate-today/25-drawings/

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    PLUMBER: All of the above PLUS... Emile will send you a copy of his handwritten cookbook, a compilation of recipes from kitchens in California and Italy where he worked, as well as personal recipes of his own. Tax deductible donation. see your choices here! http://youreus.com/donate-today/25-drawings/

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    ELECTRICIAN: Choose a limited select portraits made in preparation for the trip, these works are larger and more developed. Made in Italy. +PLUS recipe book or letterpress postcard. Reserve your select piece now!

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    GARDENER: Choose one of these drawings and master studies, made during my time in Italy. Choose from this group of Oil paintings, mounted on panel with traditional methods. +PLUS Letterpress postcard or recipe book. Reserve your select piece now!

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    JOHNNY APPLESEED: Starring: Me,The Masters, Oscar and more. Choose from this group of oil paintings, mounted on panel with traditional methods. +PLUS Letterpress postcard or recipe book. Reserve your select piece now!

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    CONDUCTOR: These select works are my finest mid-range pieces, heavily labored over and crucial in my development as a portraitist. +PLUS either a Letterpress postcard or recipe book. Reserve your select piece now! http://youreus.com/donate-today/400-works/

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    PHILOSOPHER: We’ve reached a new height, these two pieces were made over weeks with concentration and care. +PLUS a Letterpress postcard sent from 5 states & a recipe book. Reserve your piece now:

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    ALCHEMIST: Thank you. These works explore subtle color range, form and character. They are some of my largest & time-intensive pieces. +PLUS 1 recipe book & a postcard sent from 10 states. Reserve your select piece.

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    DOCTOR: A most sincere thanks. These still lifes are composed & based Rembrandt, Jan Claese, and Caravaggio. There are few works and special works. +PLUS receive a postcard sent from all 50 states. Reserve yours:

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    MUSEUM DIRECTOR: Top works. Powerful, emotional and made to last. +PLUS a postcard sent from all 50 states. Become a museum director today. (NOTE: THE WRITER RECENTLY RESERVED)

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    ART HISTORIAN: These my Grand Opus works. I will include a hand written manuscript explaining the history and story of the painting you select. It may involve painting in the Prado, the sorrowful death of a Bonsai, or the catharsis of a saint. +PLUS receive a postcard sent from all 50 states.

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    VIP SPONSOR AND PATRON: I will come to your home, anywhere in the country, to paint a full length, life-size portrait of you or anyone of your Choice. You become one of the two VIP sponsors of You’re U.S.

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