Working Man collective members Tom Ashcraft and Peter Winant with Alice and Maud and their quilts

A New Monrovian Story

A New Monrovian Story – Story is a three-part artwork created by Workingman Collective members Tom Ashcraft and Peter Winant over the course of two years. At its core, the commission considers the relationship of play, learning and building community across generations, linking the United States Embassy and the greater Liberian Community In May of […]

Tadias Magazine – – American Artist Lecture: Julie Mehretu at Tate Modern in London

Tadias Magazine – Ethiopian born American painter Julie Mehretu is featured in the upcoming fifth American Artist Lecture Series at the Tate Modern in London on September 22, 2014. “This series seeks to bring the greatest living modern and contemporary American artists to the UK.” The program is a partnership between Art in Embassies, Tate […]
Julie Mehretu

Global Platform for African American Voices

Global Platform for African American Voices – The paintings and drawings of two African American artists, Houston-based Robert Pruitt and Sanford Biggers, are currently showcased at the American embassy in South Africa through the Art in Embassies program. Pruitt and Biggers, along with two other South African artists, were handpicked for this prestigious opportunity. The […]

Pretoria U.S. Embassy – U.S. Embassy Pretoria – The Art in Embassies Program Brings South African and U.S. Artists Together

Pretoria U.S. Embassy – On June 5, 2014, U.S. Ambassador Patrick Gaspard welcomed a delegation of American and South African artists to Cape Town to engage with local communities through the medium of art. The trip was sponsored by the State Department’s Art in Embassies program in order to bring the arts alive for local […]
Students line up to help cut stencils for the art project - Pretoria

The Art Newspaper – US Ambassador turns London home into space for contemporary art

The Art Newspaper – The new US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Matthew Barzun, and his wife hosted a reception at their official home in London yesterday to unveil a display of works of contemporary art by US and British artists in the grand rooms of Winfield House. The installation of works by American artists, […]


Thai NEWS – US Ambassador to Laos Daniel A Clune, and wife Judy Clune, welcomed Lao artists, government officials, and members of the diplomatic community to their residence on May 13 to officially open the US Art in Embassies (AIE) weaving exhibition at the ambassador’s residence in Vientiane, according to Lao News Agency. The exhibition […]
Mapping Dubai’ by Roberto Lopardo

Art Dubai: Talking cultural diplomacy with art

Talking cultural diplomacy with art – One night of art and ‘cultural diplomacy’ was held to complement a whole week of art as Dubai hosts its annual Art Dubai week. Titled ‘A Night of Art’, the event was held at the US Consulate-General in Bur Dubai on Wednesday night. The consulate opened its doors to […]

George Mason School of Art – Professors Create Artwork for U.S. Embassy Telling Liberia’s Story

George Mason School of Art – Mason art professors Peter Winant and Tom Ashcraft snapped a picture of a truck in Liberia that was loaded with desk chairs. This picture helped inspire them to create the artwork, “Story.” Photos by Winant and Ashcraft. When Peter Winant and Tom Ashcraft caught sight of the old truck, […]
Maya Asante installing her work in the U.S. Embassy Antananarivo

AIE Artist Connects in Lesotho

Color and Motion Connections in Lesotho – Recently Art in Embassies sponsored artist Maya Freelon Asante on a cultural exchange artist workshop to Morija, a village in Lesotho. Here is a post from the Hub on her trip – On the 19th of December, 2013, Maya Freelon Asante – award winning artist and daughter of […]

Serving Abroad Photography Exhibition to Open at Permanent Gallery, U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies and U.S. Department of Defense “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” Photography Exhibition to Open at Permanent Professors Art Gallery, U.S. Air Force Academy – The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) is pleased to announce the “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” photography exhibition to […]
Power of Culture / The Culture of Power

The Phillips Collection – International Forum Conversations: The Power of Culture / The Culture of Power

The Phillips Collection – A day of conversations among policymakers, entrepreneurs, arts professionals, and artists discussing shared perspectives on the impact of the arts on politics, the role of the art market on the artistic and economic communities, and the pertinence of art biennials in a globalized world. Among the participants are Cuban artist Tania […]

Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes

In commemoration of Military Family Month, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) proudly announces the “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” photography exhibition, which will be featured on Verizon Center’s video marquees. In recognition of AIE’s 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of State collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense on a […]
Richard Tuttle speaking at TATE

AIE announces next artist in the American Artist Lecture Series

The U.S. Department of State, office of Art in Embassies (AIE) is pleased to announce the third iteration of the AIE’s American Artist Lecture Series, on November 4 at Tate Modern, London. In celebration of AIE’s 50th anniversary and in collaboration with Embassy London and Tate, the three-year-long program features a total of six noted […]

The Art of Diplomacy in Jamaica

The Art of Diplomacy (from the Jamaican Observer) – US Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela Bridgewater soon after she had arrived in the island, at an art exhibition at the now shuttered Mutual Gallery, where she had been a habituée when she was first posted here in the 1980s as a labour attaché at a time […]

AIE Artist named MacArthur Fellow

Art in Embassies congratulates Carrie Mae Weems for her recent award as a MacArthur Fellow! AIE artist Carrie Mae Weems is a photographer and video installation artist examining the complex and contradictory legacy of African American identity, class, and culture in the United States. Her intimate depictions of children, adults, and families in simple settings […]

The Spirit Connection

The Spirit Connection: Chris Flisher Brings The Art Of Mandala To Cape Verde Through Art In Embassies Entering the hotel lobby I spotted Chris Flisher right away. Long grey flowing hair, laid-back composure. We are sitting down for a chat at a hotel in Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa, where Flisher has […]
Chris Flisher, 12-Point Lotus, 2004, Watercolor, pen and ink, Courtesy of the artist, Boxborough, Massachusetts

Boxborough artist meets Ambassador to Praia

Art in Embassies and the American Embassy in Praia, Cape Verde recently collaborated on an Artist Exchange with artist Chris Flisher of Boxborough, who writes the “Oh My Stars” column and “Turning of The Wheel” blog for The Beacon. Flisher visited Cape Verde from July 8 to July 15 to conduct workshops and presentations at […]

Diplomacy Through Art. An interview with Maria Pekala

Diplomacy Through Art. An interview with Maria Pekala: Fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy formalized an Art in Embassies programme, which ever since then has found ways to facilitate exhibitions of American art around the world – mainly by displaying artworks in the U.S. Department’s diplomatic facilities throughout the world (including Embassies andAmbassadors’ residences). […]
An interview with Maria Pekala
Leah Evans, Cooling Canals, 2010, Quilt, Courtesy of the artist, Madison, Wisconsin

AIE helps raise local artist profiles

AIE helps raise local artist profiles – When showing her work in Washington D.C. a couple of years ago at the Smithsonian Craft Show, textile artist Leah Evans’ work caught the eye of the U.S. ambassador to Rwanda. Now, one of Evans’ quilts hangs in the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, part of the Art […]

Vogue ES – Art in Embassies Madrid 2009

Edward Hopper was there. On the beach near the summer home of Solomont. And they, Susan and Alan Solomont , U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra since 2010, began his magnificent art collection with a photo of Joel Meyerowitz reflecting the quiet atmosphere of Hopper in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. “The acquired in 1986 for seven […]
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