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Exchange

Elizabeth Hack Virtual Exchange Tunis

In May 2020, Elizabeth Hack started off the Art in Embassies Virtual Exchange Series. In the new digital format, which was created to continue to amplify the program’s cross-cultural exchange mission, Hack spoke to students and other community members in Tunisia about her background, her process, and Wave X2 and Wave X14, two abstract paintings that are...
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US Embassy Paris virtual exchange

In December of 2020, Ambassador Jamie D. McCourt and the U.S. Embassy in Paris hosted a webinar about the Art in Embassies exhibition at the Ambassador’s residence for an audience made up primarily of university students in Paris and their professors.
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Christine Nguyen

“I wanted to be a part of something in Vietnam, where my parents came from and where my mother’s family still resides… Even though it is a complicated and emotional subject, I think we have to keep working together to keep our countries’ peaceful relationship, similar to how working on this project has enhanced my...
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Mark Bradford

Art in Embassies artist Mark Bradford met at U.S. Embassy London with students from the Royal College of Art at the location of his site-specific, large-scale commission We the People.
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Sheila Dunn

Art in Embassies artist Sheila Dunn traveled traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2019 for an artist exchange.
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Yunhee Min

“Culture is about people, how we live, communicate, what we make, and what we value, which is to say all that make us who we are as people...” - Yunhee Min
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Courtney Mattison

American artist Courtney Mattison draws inspiration from our oceans and the coral reefs within, a subject intrinsically connected to the Coral Triangle islands of Indonesia. Her commission for the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Confluence (Our Changing Seas V), and the following artist exchange to Indonesia allowed her to reconnect with these ideas and engage with...
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Ben Aranda and Terrol Dew Johnson

As part of their collaboration for a commission in the new U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, Johnson and Aranda traveled to Paraguay to meet local artisans and weavers from different parts of the country.
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Donna Rhae Marder

“As an artist I value a variety of visual experiences to form my ideas for future work. Bringing artists from different countries and cultures together enriches everyone.” - Donna Rhae Marder
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Michele Lasker

American fiber artist Michele Lasker traveled to Lima, Peru to teach workshops, lead lectures, learn from artisans, and worked with students as an Art in Embassies exchange artist.
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MFON Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

Fine art and documentary photographers Adama Delphine Fawundu and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, to engage with a variety of communities and promote photography as a medium among artists and aspiring artists.
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Kristin Pluhacek

Nebraska artist Kristin Pluhacek traveled to Asmara, Eritrea, to facilitate and work side-by-side with twenty-four Eritrean artists representing the nine major ethnic groups of Eritrea, to create a nine-panel mural, each panel representing one of the ethnic groups.
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Elizabeth DaCosta Ahern

"The visiting artist program was an extraordinary experience. As a Luso-American, I have a deeper, richer understanding of both cultures with this experience."
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Alice Hope

“Cultural diplomacy is lasting. Its long term vision bridges communication and models global citizenship over time.”
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Betsy Eby

“I have found that when hands and minds come together through common materials in pursuit of art, hearts and minds open. There is a tremendous amount of inherent talent and practical intelligence in all cultures. What we have in common is that we all want to add value to something greater than ourselves.”
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RW Franklin

“In a world where communications are increasingly complex and languages seem even more abstract, I believe that art brings a vocabulary and syntax that is universal, compassionate and intimate.”
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Sharif Bey

“It is critical that we all learn how to listen and feel for those who have life experiences and are born under circumstances different from our own. The visual arts can give voice to narratives some may not otherwise hear.”
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Isaias Crow

I think that in my case it is very important because a lot of youth gravitate to graffiti and street art. Yet there is a stigma that precedes graffiti – that it is an act of vandalism and it could be – but there are countless other roots and branches to this tree. This kind...
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Cheryl Pope

“In general my research revealed the vital importance in the link between the cultural practices of indigenous artisan weavers and wood carvers [whose] work expresses the wonders of nature and the natural world to those actively working to preserve it. Clean waters, flora, fauna and marine life will be represented and pictured in my work...
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George Ann Gowan

“I am still amazed by all I was able to do as an Art in Embassies exchange artist, in Kyiv… in a single week. Every time someone asks about my experience I remember another wonderful detail. I am anxious to see how the people I met, the topics we discussed, and the landmarks, galleries, museums,...
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