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Chief Medicine Crow, 65 years, Crow Tribe Joseph Dixon, Chief Medicine Crow, 65 years, Crow Tribe, 1908, Archival pigment copy print from original photograph, Courtesy of the William Hammond Mathers Museum, Indiana University, and Art in Embassies, Washington, D.C.

Beginnings – Art in Embassies

The new US Ambassador to Zimbabwe has just embarked on his tour of duty here. Perhaps that is why it is fitting that the Art In Embassies (AIE) collection at his residence is appropriately themed Beginnings. Although he was last here a decade ago Ambassador Bruce Wharton is beginning his tenure as Washington’s man in […]

Vanity Fair: The Diplomacy of Art

In my line of work, we often talk about the art of diplomacy as we try to make people’s lives a little better around the world. But, in fact, art is also a tool of diplomacy. It reaches beyond governments, past the conference rooms and presidential palaces, to help us connect with more people in […]
The Diplomacy of Art
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Town and Country – Ambassador Rivkin 2009

Charles Rivkin was strapped into a Parachute, and he didn’t let strong winds deter him as the helicopter hovered over Normandy. the occasion was a mass jump with the U.s. army’s Golden Knights to commemorate the 68th anniversary of D-Day, last June, and it was the ambassador’s first free fall. Some jumpers landed in trees […]

Art in Embassies Makes a Splash for 50th Anniversary

Art in Embassies Makes a Splash for 50th Anniversary – In his book “The First Resort of Kings,” Richard Arndt, a former cultural attaché with the State Department, stressed the power of art as a diplomatic tool to encourage cultural exchange despite language and other hurdles. “The arts have always had the advantage of transcending […]

Jenney Abell talks about her Senegal Journey at Hammerfriar

Last month, Jenny Honnert Abell traveled to Dakar, Senegal, to experience the people and culture of that West African country. Next weekend, Saturday Jan. 19, she’s giving a talk about her experiences at Hammerfriar Gallery in Healdsburg, where her work is represented locally. This opportunity to travel in Senegal came as part of a commission […]

Huffington Post – State Seal of Approval

They say that art is the great international communicator no matter what language you speak. Art also is a symbol of free expression, and has represented the United States in its embassies and consulates around the world by putting our “best foot forward” in the spirit of creativity and cooperation among nations and showcasing some […]

Best diplomatic investment, according to Former Ambassador Tom Schieffer

Arts in Embassies program was great diplomatic tool, former Ambassador Tom Schieffer says – WASHINGTON — When Tom Schieffer was U.S. ambassador in Australia and then Japan, he found that a little-noticed program that placed American art in embassies was one of the best diplomatic investments he made. Fifty years after the Kennedy administration started […]

LA Contemporary – Virginia Shore: Chief Curator, Art in Embassies – an excavation of site and citation

LA Contemporary – Virginia Shore: Chief Curator, Art in Embassies – an Excavation of site and citation – a Question and Answer Interview. How did you get involved with Art in Embassies? I started out as an intern. Within a few months, they put me under contract as a ‘research assistant’ and my job was […]
Steven Lee Adams, Winter Evening, Timpanogos, Oil on canvas, Lent by the artist, Alpine, Utah, courtesy of Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder, Colorado

Oil painting coming home to Utah from South African embassy

Oil painting coming home to Utah from South African embassy – MAPLETON — Steven Lee Adams will soon be receiving a large crate at his studio in Mapleton containing a painting he loaned to the U.S. ambassador to South Africa three years ago. His painting has been hanging in the embassy there as part of […]
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Chris Flisher: Invading the world with art

BOXBOROUGH — An artist and astrologer, Chris Flisher is a close observer time, distance and space, as well as the celestial sky from which he draws inspiration when he creates his colorful spiritual drawings – called mandalas – in his Boxborough home studio. Now Flisher’s artwork is on display half a world away, in Praia, […]

Photo contest recognizes troops, civil service

If you’ve ever wondered what a deployed husband, wife, father or mother has seen overseas, there’s an opportunity to look “through their eyes.” The Defense and State departments issued a call-out on Veterans Day 2011 for current and former military and civil service members to submit their images to the “Serving Abroad … Through Their […]
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U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary Celebration

On November 30th, in honor of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Art in Embassies (AIE) 50th anniversary, the National Portrait Gallery’s courtyard was overflowing with beautiful gowns, dapper men, KanKouran dancers, musicians, artists, politicians, military personnel, philanthropists and very recognizable TV personalities. In addition to marking AIE’s 50th anniversary, the event illustrated the program’s […]

Out and About

If you’ve ever wondered what a deployed husband, wife, father or mother has seen overseas, there’s an opportunity to look “through their eyes.” The Defense and State departments issued a call-out on Veterans Day 2011 for current and former military and civil service members to submit their images to the “Serving Abroad … Through Their […]

Scene in D.C.: Koons’s Diplomacy

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton climbed to the top of a 20-foot cube made of 4,000 packs of Post-it notes Friday night to get a better look at the party in the National Portrait Gallery’s courtyard. BusinessWeek Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, and his wife, Abigail, caught up with British Ambassador Peter Westmacott near a […]

Can Art Augment Diplomacy? Takeaways From the Art In Embassies Gala

The presidential inauguration is still a month away, but D.C.’s liberal establishment got an early start last week, while celebrating the Art in Embassies 50th anniversary. A week of performances and installations—including an exploding pine tree on the National Mall—culminated in a big party in the atrium of the National Portrait Gallery Friday night. No […]

We joined in Art in Embassies’ 50th anniversary celebration at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Hundreds of artists, diplomats, and celebrities gathered for this inspiring evening with art installations, music, dance, and mixed-media presentations. Here, Art in Embassies program director Beth Dozoretz flanked by Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his wife Amy. For 50 years, the State Dept’s Office of Art in Embassies has chosen and displayed American Art, […]

Nation’s Capitol Ushers in the Holidays with an Exploding Christmas Tree

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang doesn’t hate Christmas; he just loves blowing things up. And so it was that at 3 p.m. Friday in Washington, D.C., tourists on the National Mall were exposed to the thunderous spectacle of a Christmas Tree going fire-spitting nuclear. D.C. was a suitable locale for Cai’s “Black Christmas Tree,” given the […]
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Art Diplomacy

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presents the State Department Medal of Arts to Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang at a ceremony on Friday in Washington. Cai was among five international and American artists awarded for work that promotes understanding across cultures. The event also marked the 50th anniversary of the department’s Art in Embassies program. […]

State’s Hillary Clinton celebrates marriage of art and diplomacy

Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang presents one of his remarkable “explosion events,”where a 40-foot pine tree erupts in a shimmer of fireworks as if in a “tree lighting” ceremony, followed by a cascade of black ink-like smoke that mimics traditional Chinese brush drawings. Fifty years after the Kennedy administration started a small-scale effort to place American […]
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