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Medal of Arts Press

Stephen Wilkes’ Day to Night photograph documents historic Canada Day 2017

On Canada Day, 2017, while thousands waited in lineups in the pelting rain for a spot on Parliament Hill, someone was watching from a fourth floor window across Wellington Street.
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Stephen Wilkes has merged a Canada Day morning for a new Contemporary Conversation

“It had all the elements that I look for when I create these pictures. I love the grandeur of the architecture, I love having the sense of humanity in the foreground and that all these things would be going on during the day and into the night and then the fireworks at the end was […]
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Vik Muniz at the Hirshhorn

Joined in conversation by notable author and sociologist Sarah Thornton, Vik Muniz will dive into his distinguished career for this Meet the Artist program, presented in partnership between U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, best known for creating what he terms […]
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British envoy calls for cordial bilateral ties

Islamabad-The British High Commissioner, Thomas Drew CMG Tuesday said that the youth will decide Pakistan’s future. Speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Pak-UK relations, the envoy said, “It will be up to the people who are here today – the future leaders – who will decide which direction Pakistan heads in […]
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Vermont Artist Wolf Kahn wins U.S. State Department Honor

Vermont artist Wolf Kahn has reaped many awards in a life as colorful as his work, but the 89-year-old just traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive his first medal. “It’s big and heavy, with a blue ribbon you can put around your neck,” he says. “I thought I was getting the Medal of Freedom the […]
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Deputy Secretary Blinken To Award the 2017 Medal of Arts

Deputy Secretary Blinken To Award the 2017 U.S. Department of State International Medal of Arts Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will present contemporary artists Nick Cave, Jenny Holzer, Wolf Kahn, Imran Qureshi, Pat Steir, and Rachel Whiteread with the U.S. Department of State International Medal of Arts at the biennial ceremony at 4:00 p.m. […]
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Meet the Artists at the Hirshhorn

As part of a “Meet the Artists” panel, Nick Cave, Imran Qureshi, and Pat Steir will join art critic and journalist Deborah Solomon for an enlightening discussion on their commitment to cultural diplomacy through the visual arts and international cultural exchange. Cave, Qureshi and Steir are three recipients of the 2017 International Medal of Arts, […]
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Rachel Whiteread will be honored with an International Medal of Arts

The U.S. Department of State will honor contemporary artists Nick Cave, Jenny Holzer, Wolf Kahn, Imran Qureshi, Pat Steir, and Rachel Whiteread with the International Medal of Arts at the biennial ceremony on January 12 in Washington, D.C. The International Medal of Arts is awarded to artists who demonstrate an enduring commitment to the Art […]
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U.S. State Dept’s International Medal of Arts awarded to Imran Qureshi

U.S. State Dept’s International Medal of Arts awarded to Imran Qureshi (Siena Art Institute 2016 Fall Project Fellow) U.S. State Dept’s International Medal of Arts awarded to Imran Qureshi (Siena Art Institute 2016 Fall Project Fellow) – We’re very proud to share the news that Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, 2016 Fall Project Fellow at the […]
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Hirshhorn Museum Announces New Partnership with Art in Embassies

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, DC, announced an innovative new venture with the US Department of State’s office of Art in Embassies, which promotes public diplomacy through the visual arts. The new collaboration will allow for both institutions to arrange international exhibitions, extended loans, artist residencies and programming. “Throughout the past 50 […]
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Medal of Arts 2017 Press Release

Office of Art in Embassies Announces the U.S. Department of State International Medal of Arts Award Recipients – The U.S. Department of State will honor contemporary artists Nick Cave, Jenny Holzer, Wolf Kahn, Imran Qureshi, Pat Steir, and Rachel Whiteread with the International Medal of Arts at the biennial ceremony on January 12 in Washington, […]
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Town&Country – State Craft

A group of iconoclastic African-American artists are getting their work on walls around the world - and access to an international audience of millions. The radical patron behind it all? The U.S. State Department. Usually the term art world is a grandiose touch, a misnomer that really means, depending on the circumstances, famous artists and […]
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Secretary Kerry Awards the 2014 U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts

Secretary Kerry awards the 2014 U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts – Secretary of State John Kerry awarded the second U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts during a luncheon ceremony on January 21, 2015, in the Department’s Benjamin Franklin Room. The Department of State’s office of Art in Embassies (AIE) is proud to […]
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Secretary Kerry remarks at Medal of Arts 2015 Video

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented the awards to the recipients of the second U.S. Department of State-Medal of Arts — Xu Bing, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Pedro Reyes, and Kehinde Wiley during ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2015. These are his […]
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Washington Post – Seven artists awarded State Department Medal of Arts for cultural diplomacy

Washington Post – Seven artists awarded State Department Medal of Arts for cultural diplomacy – Architect Maya Lin and portraitist Kehinde Wiley are among the seven artists to be honored with the 2014 Department of State Medal of Arts for their efforts to promote cultural understanding through art. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will […]
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Ocean & Martin

Ocean & Martin – US State Department Announces Recipients of Medal of Arts for 2015 – Huge congrats to artists Sam Gilliam, Xu Bing, Mark Bradford, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu, Pedro Reyes, and Kehinde Wiley who have all been awarded the US State Department Medal of Arts. Each has been chosen for his or her […]
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Tadias Magazine – Julie Mehretu Awarded 2015 Medal of Arts by U.S. State Department

Tadias Magazine – The U.S. Department of State has named Ethiopian American artist Julie Mehretu as a recipient of its 2015 Medal of Arts in recognition of her internationally acclaimed work and her impact in promoting cultural diplomacy. Julie is one of seven artists who is receiving the recognition for her “outstanding commitment and contributions […]
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artnet – Mark Bradford will receive the US State Department Medal of Arts

Artist Mark Bradford will receive the US State Department Medal of Arts, Hauser & Wirth gallery has announced, following news yesterday that Kehinde Wiley will win the award. (See John Kerry Will Present the State Department Medal of Arts to Kehinde Wiley.) Born in Los Angeles in 1961, Bradford “transforms materials scavenged from the street […]
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artnet – Kehinde Wiley will receive the US State Department Medal of Arts

artnet – Kehinde Wiley will receive the US State Department Medal of Arts, in honor of his “substantive commitment to the US State Department’s cultural diplomacy outreach through the visual arts,” the artist’s gallery, Los Angeles’s Roberts & Tilton, announced. Known primarily for his large scale paintings of young African Americans, depicted in the style […]
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Trade Winds Volume 7

On November 29, five of the world’s most recognized artists-Cai Guo-Qiang, Jeff Koons, Shahzia Sikander, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems-gathered to discuss art and diplomacy. This public event followed an open house with students from The Washington Ballet, The Corcoran ArtReach, the Levine School of Music, and the Washington of artist Nick Cave at […]
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