AIE Conversation Series – Rick Chapman

Photographer Rick Chapman sat down with Art in Embassies staff to talk about his photography and influences on the images in the Ankara exhibition 2015.

Jill Galarneau, Peter Clouse and Jacquelyn Gleisner on BTV News

Artists Jacquelyn Gleisner Jill Galarneau and Peter Clouse traveled to Botswana for an eight day artist exchange. It was a very productive exchange, initiated by Art in Embassies and Ambassador Earl Miller. The artist exchange took place in the capital of Botswana, Gaborone, and in Maun, to coincide with the annual Maun International Art Festival.
Art in Embassies logo designed by workshop participant
Eric Fischl. Untitled Tumbling Woman II 2014

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman interviews American Artist Eric Fischl

Prior to his public lecture at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, American artist and Contemporary Conversations feature speaker, Eric Fischl, sat down to talk with U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman.

Nick Cave at the U.S. Embassy Dakar

Nick Cave on his cross cultural artwork installed at the U.S. Embassy in Senegal.
Detail of beads Nick Cave work Dakar

Vientiane Artist Exchange with 3 Generations of Navajo Weavers Video

Art in Embassies sent three generations of Navajo weavers (Sarah Naataanii, Tahnibaa Naataanii and Winter Rose Hoskie) to Laos for a weaving cultural exchange.

American Artist Lecture Series: Glenn Ligon at TATE Modern

Art in Embassies and TATE Modern are pleased to announce the next lecturer in the American Artist Lecture Series. Glenn Ligon will be the sixth speaker in the American Artist Lecture Series, a partnership between Art in Embassies, Tate Modern and US Embassy London. One of America’s leading contemporary artists, he is perhaps best known […]

Art in Embassies Medal of Arts Award 2015 ceremony

Secretary of State John Kerry awarded the second U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts during a luncheon ceremony on January 21, 2015, in the Department’s Benjamin Franklin Room. The distinguished recipients of the 2015 Medal of Arts awards were Xu Bing, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Pedro Reyes, and Kehinde Wiley.
Glenn Ligon, Theaster Gates and Thelma Golden at Reina Sofia

A Conversation – Theaster Gates, Glenn Ligon and Thelma Golden Video

The Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and U.S. Embassy Madrid collaborated to bring an artist lecture to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. Featuring internationally acclaimed American artists Theaster Gates and Glenn Ligon in conversation with The Studio Museum in Harlem’s […]

Contemporary Conversations: Interview with Marie Watt Video

While Marie Watt was in Ottawa for the launch of the Contemporary Conversations: Art in Embassies series, she spoke to us about how she feels her art reflects “Contemporary Conversations.” Follow the conversation and get involved using the hashtag #artconvoAIE!
square for the Marie Watt lecture

Secretary Kerry remarks at Medal of Arts 2015 Video

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented the awards to the recipients of the second U.S. Department of State-Medal of Arts — Xu Bing, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Pedro Reyes, and Kehinde Wiley during ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2015. These are his […]

A message from Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Art in Embassies Video

A statement by Secretary of State John F. Kerry on the office of Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State.
John Kerry Secretary of State portrait

2014 Art in Embassies exhibition in The Hague, the Netherlands Video

The Art in Embassies (AIE) program was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. AIE creates exhibitions for United States chanceries, consulates, and embassy residences worldwide, selecting art from America and the host countries. In the fall of 2014, the exhibition in The Hague was opened by U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Timothy Broas […]

Julie Mehretu: American Artist Lecture Series Video

The Art in Embassies American Artist Lecture Series at the Tate Modern-London is a unique collaboration with Embassy London. In celebration of AIE’s 50th anniversary, the three-year-long program will feature six noted American artists. Julie Mehretu is the 4th artist in the series.
Julie Mehretu at TATE lecture

American Artist Lecture Series: Julie Mehretu at TATE Modern

American Artist Lecture Series welcomes Julie Mehretu – The Department of State’s office of Art in Embassies (AIE), US Department of State and Tate Modern are delighted to invite you to the fifth American Artist Lecture by Julie Mehretu. The Department of State’s office of Art in Embassies is pleased to announce the fifth iteration […]

Art in Embassies in Cotonou, Benin

Chakaia Booker travels to Cotonou, Benin on a cultural exchange.
Chakaia Booker work in Cotonou

Art in Embassies Video

Art in Embassies – Jerusalem
AIE exhibition opening in Jerusalem 2014
Lincoln Schatz with Virginia Shore

Virginia Shore & Lincoln Schatz in conversation at The Arts Club Chicago

Lincoln Schatz and Virginia Shore, Chief Curator for the office of Art in Embassies at the U.S. Department of State, explore how the program has evolved as well as the role of art in the world of Cultural Exchange and Diplomacy.

Photographer and Video Artist Carrie Mae Weems, 2013 MacArthur Fellow

Photographer and Video Artist Carrie Mae Weems was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013. The Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more. Learn more at
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