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Detail of Pae White sculpture U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo

Ambassadors of Art: Art in Embassies Celebrates 50 Years

For 50 years, the State Department’s Office of Art in Embassies has selected and displayed American art, mostly behind locked doors in highly secure buildings. The pieces AIE purchases for embassies, and borrows for ambassadors’ residences, are usually seen only by official guests. “It may not be something specifically that the American citizen can experience,” […]

Nick Cave at THEARC Wednesday, November 28

Embodying elements of performance art, sculpture, and fashion, the work of artist Nick Cave is hard to fit into one box. He’s best known for his SoundSuits, slightly silly (and scary) wearable fabric sculptures crafted from found objects like beads, fur, and flowers. Cave put this aesthetic diversity to use last January, when he traveled […]
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Art In Embassies Celebrates Serving Abroad …Through Their Eyes

Art In Embassies (AIE) is a program of the U.S. Department’s of State and Defense that promotes cross-cultural dialogue and understanding around the world through the visual arts, sponsoring dynamic artist exchanges. For five decades the public-private partnership program has played a big role in U.S. diplomacy. This month, in commemoration of Veterans Day, the […]

U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies and U.S. Department of Defense Announce “Serving Abroad Through Their Eyes” Twelve “Best in Show” Awardees

Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes Best in Show Announced – In commemoration of Veterans Day, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and the U.S. Department of Defense proudly announce the 12 “Best in Show” featured in AIE’s 50th anniversary “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” photography exhibition. A year ago on Veterans Day, […]
Best in Show - Staff Sergeant Chad D. Nelson - A Brief Break
Jim Drain teaching at RISD

Questions For Offbeat Materials Artist Jim Drain

Questions for Offbeat Materials Artist Jim Drain by Allison Meier. Q: It’s been eight years since you’ve had a major exhibition in Los Angeles. What do you have planned for “Drain Expressions” at PRISM? It is a homecoming of sorts. I moved to L.A. after school for a year. Allison Miller and Kerry Tribe were […]

Boston Globe – New Art for New Embassy – RISD creates art for U.S. Embassy Morocco

Boston Globe – Students at the Rhode Island School of Design are getting a crash course in international diplomacy as they work with a professional sculptor on artwork for a new U.S. embassy in Morocco. The collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s ART in Embassies program is a first for the premiere arts school in […]
RISD Morocco project students and Jim Drain

The U.S. Department of State Commemorates Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary

The U.S. Department of State Commemorates Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary – The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) proudly celebrates 50 years of facilitating the Department of State’s public diplomacy through the power of the visual arts. The AIE 50th anniversary features programming, events, and performances, including celebrations on […]

High Volume – Nick Cave

Nick Cave is into fabulous. Take the black marks that scar the floor of his 3,500-square-foot loft in Chicago. “Fabulous,” he says. Or the haunting portrait by the English artist John Kirby that Cave found at an art fair. “Isn’t it fabulous?” So is the porcupine-needle vestment from Cameroon that serves as a dividing screen […]
Fort Collins Artist Gets State Department Commission

Fort Collins Artist Gets State Department Commission

Sleeping with Anemones – Fused glass triptych “Sleeping with Anemones” by Fort Collins artist Mary Barron is her whimsical depiction of life on the sea floor. It was selected by the U.S. Department of State as the basis of a new work to include cichlids, a type of fish found in Lake Tanganyika, on the […]

Emirati Artists Encouraged by Exhibition

Abu Dhabi: A dynamic group of emerging Emirati artists, alongside American counterparts, have been featured in an exhibition of contemporary art in the Emirates at US ambassador Michael Corbin’s residence. Nine leading Emirati and American artists, who either live in or have strong creative ties to the UAE, displayed their work at the exhibition, entitled […]
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Geoffrey Pagen - Ambassador of Art

Reed College Magazine – Geoffrey Pagen – Ambassador of Art

Reed College Magazine – The art of Geoffrey Pagen, director of Reed College’s ceramic program, will grace the exterior of the new U.S. embassy in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi. Pagen has previously exhibited his work in Nouakchott, Mauritania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the State Department’s Art in Embassies […]

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are – Batman might have a hard time recognizing the kaleidoscopic suit that he inspired artist Nick Cave to make; for one thing, there are spinning globes instead of a cape. “When Batman hits someone, there are all these words and images that explode,” explains Cave, 53, whose lair is in […]
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Ambassador Krol hosts AIE reception

Art is a language that requires no translation. On June 15, Ambassador Krol hosted a reception at the Ambassadorial Residence to showcase American artwork displayed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s ART in Embassies program. This program gives American ambassadors the opportunity to select works contributed by American artists, illustrating a theme […]

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USTA.edu – A photograph by Arturo Infante Almeida, art specialist and curator of the UTSA Art Collection, is part of a permanent exhibition of works by 38 American artists in the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico. The photo (above), “Barrio Baroque,” was selected by the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies (AIE) program. “I’m […]
Arturo Almeida, Barrio Baroque, 2010

Painting that could cure diseases

Painting that could cure diseases – At 6.15pm on a drizzly Monday, dozens of people are queuing in front of Tate Modern in London. Above, the rainclouds are swelling to a brooding, luminous pewter not dissimilar from the shade used by Brice Marden for his early monochrome paintings. Exhibited in mid-1960s New York, they set […]

AIE and TATE Artist Lecture Series

American Artist Lecture Series Inauguration – The Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) is pleased to announce the AIE American Artist Lecture Series at the Tate Modern-London, in a unique collaboration with Embassy London. In celebration of AIE’s 50th anniversary, the three-year-long program will feature six noted American artists. Brice Marden, internationally […]
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AIE announces new collaboration

American Artist Lecture Series Inauguration – The Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) is pleased to announce the AIE American Artist Lecture Series at the Tate Modern-London, in a unique collaboration with Embassy London. In Brice Marden’s early work brought together the painterly quality of abstract expressionism with the intellectual rigours of […]

Sharing art and friendship in Jamaica

If there’s a better art and goodwill ambassador from Fredericksburg than Johnny Johnson, it’s news to me. That’s why I was interested to learn that the longtime artist, educator and force for good in the community recently had a special reception and display of his work in Kingston, Jamaica. The art exhibition of some two […]
Johnny Johnson painting
Sharon Cosgrove teaching at Kostanay Orphanage

Sharon Cosgrove heading to Astana

Though Wilkes University associate professor of art Sharon Cosgrove speaks neither Kazakh nor Russian, the two primary languages of Kazakhstan, she said that when she travels there at the end of the month, she doesn’t expect the language barrier to be much of a problem. As part of the U.S. Department of State’s ART in […]

Sharing the Artful Impulse

Stonington – Inside the La Grua Center Friday afternoon, art became a truly cooperative process. Five individuals worked together in silence on a single, enormous canvas. One woman dabbed orange onto her brush. Another slid a line of yellow onto the work. Once the participants added something, they tended to step back and appraise where […]
Local residents learn about Tunisian Collaborative Painting
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