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RISD and AIE partner with Jim Drain

Rhode Island School of Design Partners with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of ART in Embassies Visiting artist Jim Drain (RISD BFA 98/Sculpture) is leading Art in Embassies: Morocco, a Wintersession 2012 studio course at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), as the first phase of a multiyear partnership between RISD and the U.S. […]

Contemporary Practices Art Journal – Beyond The Frame

Contemporary Practices Art Journal – Beyond The Frame – Contemporary Art in the Emirates – “Art in Embassies” program – United States of America, Ambassador’s residence in Abu Dhabi. Interview with the Honorable Michael Corbin, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates, conducted by Omar Donia in January 2012. Since […]
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Modern Art and the Cold War

For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. […]

Washington Times – Using art for diplomacy: A vibrant State Department program reaches 50

Washington Times – The Chinese may be wary of America’s global intentions, but they certainly like our art. Since earlier this year, when works by American artists were installed in the new U.S. Embassy compound in Beijing, there is an ever-lengthening waiting list to join the weekly tours. The visitors gaze at the vast ceramic […]

Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes

If you’ve served abroad, Uncle Sam wants your photographs. The Defense Department wants donated photos from current and former service members who have served overseas for use in a recognition exhibition planned in conjunction with the State Department, according to a DoD press release. The department is looking for photos that depict life as a […]

Moulthrop Family on PBS

Matt and Philip Moulthrop, current and previously lenders to the ART in Embassies program are now being featured in a video produced on PBS about the history of their family as an craft art family of woodturners (PBS Series Craft in America, Episode VII Family). the video can be seen for free on PBS through […]
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Embassy Sarajevo opens AIE shows

Ambassador and Mrs. Moon hosted representatives of the BiH art community October 25 at their residence to celebrate ART in Embassies program exhibits at the Ambassador’s Residence and New Embassy Compound in Sarajevo. Ambassador Moon told guests “Promoting the arts and connecting people through the visual arts advances freedom of expression and invites an exchange […]

U.S. Embassy Gives Art Center Stage

On September 30, the U.S. Ambassador, Robert P. Jackson and his wife, Babette Jackson celebrated the importance of artistic expression and the cultural similarities between both countries in an Art in Embassies exhibition. The Ambassador and his wife opened their home to over 120 members of the arts community and the Diplomatic corps for a […]
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Art out of Junk

In consumer societies, where everything is disposable the minute it breaks down or a new model comes out, there is an art movement that finds beauty in objects that most people would consider useless. That movement is called ‘found art sculpture’ and last week a group of Omani artists were introduced to it at a […]

When Life Becomes Art

Excerpt from news story featuring Pedro Reyes, an artist featured in the new Tijuana Consulate in Mexico. “…It represents efforts by more than 100 artists to expand definitions of art and change social conditions by inventive, nontraditional means. Low, temporary walls of stacked concrete blocks and gray metal shelving units divide the space, creating an […]
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Maggie Michael at Bucharest Embassy

Maggie Michael at Bucharest Embassy

WASHINGTON, DC.- G Fine Art begins its 10th anniversary season with There is No Rising or Setting Sun, new paintings and works on paper by Maggie Michael. An opening reception will be held Saturday, September 10, 6-8PM, and the exhibition will run through October 15, 2011. Michael’s fourth solo exhibition features a group of works […]

United States Inaugurates New Embassy Compound in Riga

The New Embassy Compound, located in the Sampeteris-Pleskodale neighborhood of Pardagauva, was designed to create a gateway to the United States that combines an appropriate balance of cordiality and security…The embassy showcases a permanent art collection celebrating the exchange of artistic expression between the United States and Latvia through forty-five works by American, Latvian, and […]
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Art in Embassies exhibition opens in Wellington

We are delighted to welcome you to the ART in Embassies 2011 Wellington exhibition, Encountering Place. Because the exhibition is mounted in the public rooms of the Embassy Residence, we have the pleasure of seeing the works numerous times each day. And still the exhibition provokes the same broad smile it did a month ago, […]

David Feinberg in Kinshasa

Sally Mansfield, curator with the United States Department of State’s ART in Embassies Program, has chosen an artwork by David Feinberg, University of Minnesota Department of Art associate professor, for display at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The artwork, “Life is Struggle,” was made through Feinberg’s “Voice to Vision” collaborative studio […]
steinhauer-hanoi – Visions of Vietnam: A Photographer’s Journey – Washington — When a young American named Peter Steinhauer traveled to Vietnam in 1993, he never imagined his trip would ignite a passion that would shape his destiny. Today, Steinhauer is a successful Hong Kong-based fine-art photographer who works throughout Asia, creating images that explore Asian culture. His work is displayed in museums […]

Voice of America – Kenyan Carver Elkana Ong’esa to Unveil New Work at US Embassy in Nairobi

Voice of America – Kenyan soapstone carver Elkana Ong’esa has earned an international reputation for his carvings. His sculptures adorn the entrances of the United Nations building in New York and UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. Now a new work will be unveiled soon at the United States’ embassy in Nairobi, inspired by Kenya’s recent post-election […]
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Professor to create large photographic work for African embassy

The U.S. State Department has commissioned associate art professor Elliot Anderson to create a large-scale photographic work for a new embassy in Zambia, Africa. The piece will be the central artwork for the embassy and will consist of a large diptych on lightboxes, with images of Niagara and Victoria Falls. “It is similar to my […]

Employing Art Along With Ambassadors

Dorothea Rockburne, a thin, elfin woman in oversized blue sneakers, was 40 feet up, inspecting the tippy top of a huge canvas that hangs on the southern wall of the Queens Museum of Art. With one hand she grasped the orange railing of a scissor lift, creaking and swaying like a battered ferry on a […]
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