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Exchange

Hope Sandrow

“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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Margery Amdur

“On Friday March 24th, after a long, grueling day of completing the installation, and even though I had to be at the airport at 5:15 am the next morning, filled with the hope of watching giant leatherback sea turtles lay eggs, I took a late-night excursion to one of the Surinamese shores and had the...
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Courtney Leonard

In September of 2016, artist Courtney Leonard traveled to Switzerland, to conduct a two day exchange program in coordination with the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, where Ambassador Keith M. Harper was serving as the United States Permanent Representative to the United...
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Yael Kanarek

“I came to Zimbabwe to research the languages of Zimbabwe and learn about the culture and African philosophy.”
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Dianna Cohen

"Hopefully, through my art and sharing my process and the ideas that I contemplate when making my work about understanding materials and concepts of sustainability, I connected with some kindred spirits and inspired others to begin to take these concepts into consideration in their own art making processes. Sustainability and caring for our environment and...
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Gwyneth Leech

"Art has no walls.. by traveling to Benin, and meeting with local artists.. sharing our art and art making- processes we were able to transcend language, find common ground and discover that our lives and goals were not so different."
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Christian Faur

“As a full time working faculty member at Denison University and a full time gallery artist…the hours I have in a week to myself are extremely limited. I feel like the days spent in Prague and Pilsen were worth the time spent away from my daily schedule. To see and understand the Czech artists and...
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Catherine Opie

In March of 2016, artist Catherine Opie and Philip Taaffe traveled to Madrid to speak to and engage with Spanish art students and art professionals about their work, and their artistic connection to Spain.
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Philip Taaffe

In March of 2016, artist Catherine Opie and Philip Taaffe traveled to Madrid to speak to and engage with Spanish art students and art professionals about their work, and their artistic connection to Spain.
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Margery Amdur

“Facts, pedagogy, mythologies, policies can be readily found and shared over the internet, but the unexpected occurs when people come face to face. I went to Riga with much curiosity. I left Riga wanting to return and further engage with people there.”
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Sybille Szaggars Redford

"In May of 2016 I was lucky to find myself in Paramaribo, Suriname, following an invitation by the U.S. State Department, to come - see - meet – learn and explore. The sheer vastness of the Suriname Rain Forest with its thousands of tree and plant species including important medicinal herbs and plants, 674 species...
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Betsy Tobin

“I found it fascinating to see up close how positive the role of the American Embassy can be and found that it was all I could have hoped for.”
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George Sherwood

“First of all it was an honor to be asked by the U.S. Ambassador to have one of my sculptures. I am truly appreciative of that. Second it has opened my eyes and broadened my horizons for making positive contributions and interaction with other artists around the planet. The more we exchange ideas, the closer...
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Mark Cameron Boyd

“The first step in understanding a diverse culture is taken through language. When we meet people from other cultures their new language is like music. We may not understand the meaning but we can hear the rhythm of speech. Rather than focus on our lack of understanding we should revel in the rhythmic poetry of...
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Isabella Kirkland

Today I went to meet the curators of the zoological collection at Anton de Kom University. Great visit with yet another set of absolutely delightful, charming and kind people. And generous with their time to allow me to take photos of bugs and spiders and butterflies, when I know they have much else that needs...
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Eric Rhein

“Seeding friendships and future opportunities to share my work and collaborate on exhibitions and talks in the future. The overall experience affirmed my purpose as an artist.”
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Diane Burko

“As an artist who has contributed to the Art in Embassies program for over 40 years, I felt honored to be asked to participate in the artist exchange and I felt a responsibility to represent my country as an artist citizen. Art is universal with a language that can be understood and appreciated no matter...
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Dennis Lee Mitchell

"Presenting my work in another culture put to the test the assumptions and expectations of my efforts. Overall, the experience allowed me to gain insights into various aspects of my work. Also, I think I was able to hone in on what actually is the initial appeal of using smoke. Professionally speaking, the experience has...
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Stephen Alvarez

“There are things you can do better in a mobile environment than you can with really big SLR’s” Stephen Alvarez In 2009 photographer Stephen Alvarez travelled to Madagascar for National Geographic to shoot a series for the magazine of the stone forest Tsingy de Bemaraha. The iconic works that were shot at that time, and...
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Alexis Callender

In many ways, it seems vital that art helps to house global diplomacy, because the practice of making and transferring cultural communication through design and craft has played a very large historic role in creating global networks and cultural exchange. Art is generous and can help us to communicate complex notions.
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