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Vermont Artist Wolf Kahn wins U.S. State Department Honor

Vermont artist Wolf Kahn has reaped many awards in a life as colorful as his work, but the 89-year-old just traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive his first medal. “It’s big and heavy, with a blue ribbon you can put around your neck,” he says. “I thought I was getting the Medal of Freedom the […]
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Deputy Secretary Blinken To Award the 2017 Medal of Arts

Deputy Secretary Blinken To Award the 2017 U.S. Department of State International Medal of Arts Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will present contemporary artists Nick Cave, Jenny Holzer, Wolf Kahn, Imran Qureshi, Pat Steir, and Rachel Whiteread with the U.S. Department of State International Medal of Arts at the biennial ceremony at 4:00 p.m. […]
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Meet the Artists at the Hirshhorn

As part of a “Meet the Artists” panel, Nick Cave, Imran Qureshi, and Pat Steir will join art critic and journalist Deborah Solomon for an enlightening discussion on their commitment to cultural diplomacy through the visual arts and international cultural exchange. Cave, Qureshi and Steir are three recipients of the 2017 International Medal of Arts, […]
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Rachel Whiteread will be honored with an International Medal of Arts

The U.S. Department of State will honor contemporary artists Nick Cave, Jenny Holzer, Wolf Kahn, Imran Qureshi, Pat Steir, and Rachel Whiteread with the International Medal of Arts at the biennial ceremony on January 12 in Washington, D.C. The International Medal of Arts is awarded to artists who demonstrate an enduring commitment to the Art […]
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U.S. State Dept’s International Medal of Arts awarded to Imran Qureshi

U.S. State Dept’s International Medal of Arts awarded to Imran Qureshi (Siena Art Institute 2016 Fall Project Fellow) U.S. State Dept’s International Medal of Arts awarded to Imran Qureshi (Siena Art Institute 2016 Fall Project Fellow) – We’re very proud to share the news that Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, 2016 Fall Project Fellow at the […]
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Hirshhorn Museum Announces New Partnership with Art in Embassies

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, DC, announced an innovative new venture with the US Department of State’s office of Art in Embassies, which promotes public diplomacy through the visual arts. The new collaboration will allow for both institutions to arrange international exhibitions, extended loans, artist residencies and programming. “Throughout the past 50 […]
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Medal of Arts 2017 Press Release

Office of Art in Embassies Announces the U.S. Department of State International Medal of Arts Award Recipients – The U.S. Department of State will honor contemporary artists Nick Cave, Jenny Holzer, Wolf Kahn, Imran Qureshi, Pat Steir, and Rachel Whiteread with the International Medal of Arts at the biennial ceremony on January 12 in Washington, […]
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Cheryl Pope – Santo Domingo

Cheryl Pope explains the influences and construction of her work “Untitled” which is on display permanent in the U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo.
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Capitol File – Art in Embassies

In January, California real estate developer Eleni Kounalakis Tsakopoulos, the new US ambassador to Budapest, held a reception at her official residence to show off her art collection. Hungarian guests from the political world and the arts strolled through the reception rooms, admiring works by, among others, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Wayne Thiebaud. Only […]
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Art in Embassies in Madrid

The Art in Embassies Madrid exhibition, with over eighty-two works on loan by American and Spanish artists, galleries and museums is one of the largest to date. This video showcases some of the works, artists and interior spaces of the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Madrid.
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The New York Times – The Art of Welcome

“One day I’m going to wake up and say, ‘Where is the Calder?” – Jane D. Hartley, the United States ambassador to France,was joking about the monumental sculpture “Five Empties,” which is on loan from the Calder Foundation at her Paris residence. Tucked away on one side of the Hôtel de Pontalba’s verdant garden, the […]
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Taipei 2016 Art in Embassies exhibition walk-through

AIT Director Moy: As AIT Director one of the great honors I have is the chance to install an art exhibition in my residence. Kathy and I hope that this exhibition tells a visual story of what it is like to be an American today. We selected pieces that are meaningful to us personally and […]
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Time lapse American Institute Taiwan exhibition

Time lapse video of the American Institute Taiwan’s Art in Embassies exhibition installation.
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Contemporary Conversations: Who is the late Anne Chu?

On September 29, the Embassy of the United States in Ottawa and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies,in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, will close the 2016 season of the Contemporary Conversations series with a presentation on the work of recently deceased American artist Anne Chu. Contemporary Conversations (#artconvoAIE), […]
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Gloria Magazine – Julieta Valls Noyes, U.S. Ambassador to Zagreb

American Ambassador exclusively for “Gloria” presents the art collection which she selected for her Zagreb residence together with State Department curators, but the most important advisor in forming the collection was her mom. To all those who for the first time visit the residence of Julieta Valls Noyes, the U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, the hostess […]
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Double America by Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon explains the significance of his work “Double America” on loan to the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Madrid from 2013-2016. “I was thinking about how America and democracy has always had this sense of opposition showing tremendous promise and also tremendous amount of things wrong, things that need to be fixed, to be worked on.
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AirBotswana – Art in Embassies sends three artists to Botswana

The United States Embassy in Botswana recently hosted three young American artists to hold workshops for local artists on the infinite possibilities of abstract art. Thapong Visual Arts Centre is a powerhouse of artistic activity in Gaborone. It recently has been refurbished and is now a vibrant arts centre. It holds workshops for resident artists […]
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Nepali Times – Artists in Residence

Nepali Times – Every piece tells a story and you can relate to it despite being a Nepali or an American. In the small hallway connecting two wings of US Ambassador Alaina B Teplitz’s living room in Kathmandu hangs Shannon Szczekot’s colour photograph of prayer flags hovering against a backdrop of a blue sky in […]
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Montreal Gazette Theaster Gates

The Embassy of the United States in Ottawa and the U.S. Department of State's Office of Art in Embassies, in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, will welcome internationally renowned American artist Theaster Gates on May 12th as the second speaker in the 2016 Contemporary Conversations series.
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Nick Cave Audio Talk

I’ve always been involved in the arts. I was always a maker as a kid and I always collaborated with other artists. I mean, I was saying last Sunday that I was just as excited tonight about where I’m at in my career as I was when I was 21-years old. I’m still hungry, I […]
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