Wilson Center Medal of Arts Conversation

On November 29, 2012, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, Art in Embassies (AIE), U.S. Department of State, joined with the Aspen Institute, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center to present a conversation with the five recipients of the Medal of Arts, awarded by […]

Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks at the Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary Luncheon

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary Luncheon at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on November 30, 2012.

Secretary Delivers Art in Embassies Address

The following are the remarks for the Art in Embassies 50th Anniversary Luncheon. SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very, very much. I am absolutely delighted to see the Ben Franklin Room filled for this event, which is so important to us here at the State Department. And I want to thank Beth for her tireless efforts […]

Today: A Tree Blows Up on the National Mall

In what may be one of the first planned explosions on the National Mall, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is expected to blow up a 40-foot pine tree this afternoon in honor of the Sackler Gallery’s 25th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Art in Embassies program. Using 2,000 firework-like explosives, Guo-Qiang will take the […]

Hillary Clinton will give five artists medals for embassy art

For 50 years the U.S. State Department has been deploying visual art as part of the art of diplomacy, via a program called Art in Embassies. On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give the U.S. State Department Medal of Arts to five artists who have shown “an enduring commitment” to the effort: Jeff […]

10 Questions for Jeff Koons

American artist Jeff Koons talks about his medal from the U.S. Department of State’s office of Art in Embassies and more.
Jeff Koons portrait
Carrie Mae Weems being honored by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Syracuse artist Carrie Mae Weems will receive award from Secretary Hillary Clinton

There are different approaches of diplomacy to broker peace and understanding. Cultural programs can serve as a bridge between people and nations. One cultural emissary is photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems. She will be honored by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an awards ceremony Friday at the State Department. Weems will receive […]

Jeff Koons Receives a Medal of Honor From The Department of State

Jeff Koons discusses his work on the occasion of being bestowed with a Medal from Department of State, as part of the 50th anniversary of the “Art in Embassies” cultural exchange program. Of the international reception to his art, Koons says, “…Americans are more intimidated by art, and they haven’t really come to realize that […]
Jeff Koons being honored by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Will Give Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, and More State Department’s First Arts Medals

In a luncheon ceremony tomorrow at the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will honor five contemporary artists — Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems — with the department’s inaugural Medal of Arts, a new award recognizing the honorees’ commitment to […]

Nick Cave Performing at Anniversary Celebration

‘Soundsuits’ sculptor Nick Cave performs at the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies 50th anniversary celebration Sculpture reinvents itself as sound, as music and as a source of protection in the hands of Nick Cave. The Chicago-based performance artist and sculptor constructs “Soundsuits,” material-heavy costumes that inspired a number of Corcoran College of Art + […]

Art World to Celebrate U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies’ 50th Anniversary

In honor of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Office ofArt in Embassies (AIE) 50th anniversary, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. on November 30th in the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms to recognize AIE’s achievements. The AIE mission is two-fold – to create the highest quality […]

Want your Christmas tree to really sparkle this year? Try adding 2,000 fireworks

Clark Griswold, National Lampoon’s master of extravagant holiday displays, has got nothing on Cai Guo-Qiang. To celebrate the Sackler Gallery’s 25th anniversary, the Chinese artist famous for his Olympic pyrotechnics display will ignite a daytime fireworks show that riffs on the Christmas tree lightings taking place around the country. At 3 p.m. Friday in front […]
Cai's tree at the Sackler
Freer Sackler Peacock Room

Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Landmark Week of Events

In celebration of 25 years of groundbreaking exhibitions, programs and scholarship in Asian art, the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will host a week of public events, welcoming international arts and culture aficionados. Visitors can experience an immersive 3-D “cave,” meet their favorite authors as well as attend lectures and performances by distinguished scholars and […]

U.S. Consulate Tijuana Art in Embassies installation

Art in Embassies installations include Thomas Glassford and Pedro Reyes at the U.S. Embassy Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico.
Thomas Glassford installing his work in Tijuana
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 […]
Nick Cave
Local artist painting in Monrovia

Artists and the U.S Embassy in Liberia Video

Local Liberian artists discuss their art and their inclusion in the Art in Embassies collection at the U.S. Embassy in Liberia.

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 […]
Master Sergeant Cohen Al Young - Hitchin' A Ride
Best in Show - Staff Sergeant Chad D. Nelson - A Brief Break

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, […]

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 […]
RISD Jim Drain class
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