Art in Embassies, a program within the U.S. Department of State, creates vital cross-cultural dialogue and mutual understanding through the visual arts and dynamic artist exchanges. Where is the art exhibited? The art is installed in the representational spaces of U.S. embassy residences, chanceries, consulates, and annexes around the world.
AIE exhibitions are temporary and include contemporary and historic works of art on loan from artists, museums, dealers, corporate collections, private collectors, and other partners. The length of an exhibition corresponds to the Ambassador’s term, approximately three years. The Department of State also houses a small collection of works that are regularly incorporated into temporary exhibitions.
AIE permanent collections include art by both American and host country artists and are permanent installed in U.S. embassies, consulates, and annexes built in recent years. Each collection serves as a bridge, celebrating the ties between American and local visual cultures. Collections existing work and site-specific,commissions.
Art in Embassies (AIE) oversees all aspects of each project from negotiations and acquisitions through installation. AIE registrars are experts in the safe handling, packing, and shipment of fine art. They manage all exhibition logistics. Liaising worldwide with artists, collectors, museums, foundations, dealers, and professional fine art service companies, the registrars ensure that each work of art is safeguarded and insured from door to door.
AIE hires specialized fine art handlers to assemble, pack, crate, and safely ship works of art to and from our diplomatic facilities. Art in Embassies fully insures each shipment of art (door-to-door) and on location.
AIE complies with all shipping requirements from our lending partners. The terms of many loans, particularly those from museums, often include strict requirements pertaining to packing and crating, shipping, courier accompaniment, handling, placement, and light and humidity levels. Art in Embassies registrars ensure that lender requirements are upheld.
Registrars also make certain each work of art is fully documented and ready for shipment overseas. A typical exhibition requires a minimum of one month for consolidation, sometimes more if works are being collected from multiple locations throughout the United States.