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Democracy Day at the Smithsonian: Art and Democracy in American History

Democracy Day at the Smithsonian: Art and Democracy in American History

White House honors International Medal of Arts award winners

First lady Jill Biden presented this year's 60th International Medal of Arts awards at a White House ceremony Wednesday night to five artists who have promoted cultural diplomacy around the world.

Press Release Office of Art in Embassies Launches New Events in Celebration of 60th Anniversary

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) continues to commemorate its 60th anniversary through a series of upcoming events as part of the office’s Democracy Collection programming.

Taiwanese artist receives U.S. Medal of Arts award

Taiwanese artist Wang Su-ling (王淑鈴) was awarded the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts award at a White House ceremony on Sept. 13, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said in a Facebook post yesterday.

First Lady to Bestow State Department Medal of Arts

On September 13, the U.S Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies will honor Tony Abeyta, Sheila Hicks, Robert Pruitt, Hank Willis Thomas, and Suling Wang with the 2023 U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will present the medals at a White House ceremony.

Jenny Holzer to project quotes about democracy in DC to celebrate Art in Embassies anniversary

The artist Jenny Holzer will project famous quotes about democracy, spoken by historical figures from Aristotle to Martin Luther King Jr., on the facades of the Hirshhorn Museum and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Titled THE PEOPLE, the project will launch at 6:30pm on 17 September and run for five days […]
THE PEOPLE, 2023 Light projection Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC Text: Abraham Lincoln’s Lost Speech by Henry Clay Whitney, 1897. © 2023 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Photo: Filip Wolak
THE PEOPLE, 2023 Light projection Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC Text: “For Rajaji” by Mohandas Gandhi, from Harijan, May 31, 1942. © 2023 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Photo: Filip Wolak

Press Release Office of Art in Embassies Art in Embassies and Jenny Holzer Present THE PEOPLE

Welcome to the house of the American people for the opening of the Art in Embassies exhibition. We have invited you here to discuss the beautiful pieces that are on display in this home, but first, I have a surprise for you...

Art in Embassies Artist Exchange to Kazakhstan

Angel Rafael “Ralph” Vázquez-Concepción, a visual artist and independent curator visited Kazakhstan as part of the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies program.

An exhibition brings together American artists in Geneva on the theme of democracy

An exhibition brings together American artists in Geneva on the theme of democracy

Shepard Fairey unveils Democracy Collection artwork in Berlin

Shepard Fairey unveils Democracy Collection artwork in Berlin.

Art in Embassies Lisbon – Advocacy Through Art

Art in Embassies Lisbon - Advocacy Through Art

Art In Embassies Lisbon – Bringing History Forward – Creating an Inclusive Narrative

Art In Embassies Lisbon - Art for Change - Addressing Sustainability Through the Visual Arts

Art In Embassies Lisbon – Art for Change – Addressing Sustainability Through the Visual Arts

Art In Embassies Lisbon - Art for Change - Addressing Sustainability Through the Visual Arts

Art In Embassies Lisbon – Art in The Public Realm – Expanding Audience and Impact

Art In Embassies Lisbon - Art in The Public Realm - Expanding Audience and Impact

Art in Embassies Lisbon – Empowering the Individual Identity Artist Narrative

Art in Embassies Lisbon - Empowering the Individual Identity Artist Narrative

Teen Discusses inspiration for winning artwork

Berlin teen discusses inspiration for winning painting headed to Art in Embassies

High School senior triumphs in contest through Art in Embassies

Berlin High School senior triumphs in contest through Art in Embassies

Art can help unite the free world – video Fox News

Fox News chief national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports on the value of art in diplomatic relations and Art in Embassies director Megan Beyer explains how art can help ‘unite the free world.’

The man behind iconic Obama poster is working on a new portrait

The artist behind Barack Obama’s iconic “Hope” poster is taking his talents to a new portrait of John F. Kennedy in a celebration of democracy.
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