Art World To Celebrate U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies' 50th Anniversary

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 28, 2012

In honor of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ Office of Art 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 art exhibitions for ambassador residences, embassies, and consulates overseas, and to further the Department’s cultural diplomacy outreach through the sponsorship of artist exchanges that foster cross-cultural understanding.

The Secretary will also recognize five American and international artists, each of whom has demonstrated an enduring commitment to the AIE mission: Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems. The Secretary will award the five honorees with the first U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts for their outstanding commitment to AIE and to international cultural exchange.

The Secretary’s remarks will be open to the press.

Pre set for video cameras 11:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance. Final access for journalists and still photographers 11:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Opportunity to interview the artist honorees will be post luncheon, 1:15 p.m. to 1:45p.m.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact Dabney Kerr at or at (703) 875-4209 and Abigail Gardner at or at (202) 464-6603.

PRN: 2012/1866