The Art in Embassies (AIE) Program was established within the United States Department of State in 1964 by President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie. President Kennedy had the goal of promoting national pride and a sense of cultural identity by displaying America’s art and its artists throughout the world. According to the program's first director, Nancy Kefauver, the group's original goal was to cover "those bare white walls in embassies abroad." Today the program places more than 5,000 works of art, including original paintings, sculptures and prints, in the public rooms of the ambassadors’ homes of nearly 170 U.S. Embassies worldwide.
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has been invited to participate in this prestigious program and has identified five IAIA alumni to represent IAIA and contemporary Native American art:
Dan Namingha (Hopi/Tewa), Tony Abeyta (Navajo), Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree),
Crystal Worl (Tlingit/Athabascan), and Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock Nation)
Printing at IAIA scheduled: June 15- July 3, 2015
Framing to be done immediately afterward at IAIA and the AIE’s copies of the prints will then be sent to AIE
Fall 2015 distribution of prints to U.S. Embassies around the world
Fall 2015 reception for artists in Washington, D.C.
Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 works on exhibit at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art.