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Jill Galarneau

Participating in an Art in Embassies exchange simultaneously heightened my awareness of myself as an American artist and also as a global artist. Seeing myself through the eyes of my Batswana contemporaries as a representative of America awoke a desire to more directly engage American art forms including Amish quilting and New York School painting...
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Jacquelyn Gleisner

“I had never been to Africa before and part of me believed that I might never travel to Africa. Seeing different cities in Botswana and traveling outside of the capital city gave me a rich and varied view of the culture and how people live in different parts of the country. Experiencing and absorbing another...
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Marie Watt

"Art exists within us. It’s about breaking down barriers. Every stitch from every person is like a thumbprint, and when the threads come together in my art, it’s a metaphor of how we’re all connected and related. Only it’s not just a metaphor, it’s the reality."
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Stephen Wilkes

"To me, this is the most exciting moment in the history of photography. The potential to explore things that we’ve never done in a still photograph are so great. . . I’ve been very conscious of using new technologies in the medium to push the medium outward …"
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Foon Sham

“For me, travelling to new places and meeting people from different cultural backgrounds always enriches my art making progress. In the long run, these experiences in Suriname will begin to appear in my art form.”
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Dan Namingha

“We were thrilled to have Dan Namingha, a renowned Native American artist, share his work and experience with Chileans and represent the diversity that makes America the great country it is. ‎Art diplomacy makes a difference and is impactful. As I heard from many who participated in Dan’s events, art brings people together and promotes...
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Maye Torres

As an artist and global citizen, this exchange was like honey butter on the heart….Traveling to Ethiopia, a deeply spiritual, soulful and ancient country, to create and interact with local creative minds was diplomacy at its best. The country’s variety of cultures, and deep varied history exposed me to a wealth of information and knowledge...
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Melissa Meyer

Participating in the Art in Embassies program has been a great opportunity for me to bridge my personal aesthetic with that of another country. It is still too soon to tell the real personal and cultural value of this experience, but I am already excited, and can feel the effects—personally and aesthetically—of my exposure to...
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Dakar Embassy Mural

In the spring of 2014, inspired by conversations with State Department AIE curators during studio visits, a group of nine Senegalese artists proposed a collaborative mural project for the new U.S. Embassy in Dakar. The mural was painted on the interior of the embassy perimeter wall facing the new U.S. Embassy building, visible from the...
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Abbie Read

“My mind is brimming with new knowledge, fresh experiences and deep insights into the Islamic world, and the city and citizens of Doha in particular. I found the Qatari people I met to be warm, welcoming, friendly and enthusiastic about my being there. The artists I met were equally eager to share their work with...
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Fran Siegel

For me, this was one of the most meaningful aspects of the cultural exchange. The connections that I made with these students are deep, long-lasting and continue. Fran Siegel Artist Fran Siegel had been asked to create a site specific commission and conduct a cross-cultural artist exchange by curator Claire D’Alba for the new U.S....
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Spencer Finch

Artist Spencer Finch, whose Moonlight window installation is currently on display at Winfield House, the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence London, was the fourth speaker in the American Artist Lecture Series, a partnership between Art in Embassies (AIE), Tate Modern and US Embassy London. This partnership welcomes audiences of young artists and scholars in a lecture hall...
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Julie Mehretu

Artist Julie Mehretu was invited by Chief Curator Virginia Shore to be the fifth speaker in the American Artist Lecture Series, a partnership between Art in Embassies (AIE), Tate Modern and the U.S. Embassy London. Mehretu has currently two works on temporary exhibition; Plovers Wing at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence Madrid, and System, at the...
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Workingman Collective

"...We've been exploring Monrovia, shaking hands, listening, digging into all kinds of research, completely blown away each day, and flat out humbled by what we have seen and the people we have met. From the artists working with children, actor/writer activists working to leverage change in government arts policy, to the lone university art professor...
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Timothy Chapman

Let me say that I do not consider myself the bold, adventurous type… so when the curator of Art in Embassies called me to offer me the opportunity to travel to Nairobi to participate in an Artist Exchange , I was excited but quite nervous…. I knew almost nothing about Nairobi, let alone Kenya… During...
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Bennington College

Working with the Arts in Embassies program in Norway, I saw how art as diplomacy necessitated the same process of cultural learning and dialogue that stands as the chief goal in the United States’ diplomatic missions abroad. Meeting with members of the Norwegian art community, government officials, and others on the ground where we would...
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Phillips Mural Project

Following the success of the Senegalese Artist Exchange project in Dakar, Art in Embassies collaborated with The Phillips Collection, Millenium Arts Salon and Cultural DC on the 2014 International Forum Weekend Leading Edge Ideas; Inside the 21st Century Museum, sponsoring four artists from the mural collective to travel to Washington D.C. in October of 2014,...
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Sanford Biggers

“The invitation for me to moderate a series of panel discussions called ‘Transformations’ with both U.S. artists and South African artists also inspired me to think about my memory of activist art of the past and my first visit to South Africa in 2005. As I drafted questions for the artists in order to discuss...
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Robert Pruitt

“The invitation for me to moderate a series of panel discussions called ‘Transformations’ with both U.S. artists and South African artists also inspired me to think about my memory of activist art of the past and my first visit to South Africa in 2005. As I drafted questions for the artists in order to discuss...
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Michael Rohde

“Most artists work in relative isolation, so the chance to visit with artists in another culture, will inform my future work, especially in a country with such strong textile traditions and programs; it is my hope that the same applies to the Georgian artists that I met during my Exchange.” Michael Rohde Artist Michael Rohde,...
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