Art in Embassies


With an eye toward cultural exchange and visual diplomacy, Art in Embassies creates permanent and temporary art exhibitions in over 200 diplomatic venues worldwide.


Initiated as a partnership with the Museum of Modern Art in 1953 and established by the U.S. Department of State in 1963, Art in Embassies (AIE) plays a vital role in our nation’s public diplomacy through a culturally expansive mission of temporary exhibitions, permanent collections, artist programming, and publications. AIE produces temporary exhibitions of original art by American artists, on loan from a variety of sources, for the representational spaces of U.S. chief-of-mission residences worldwide. Equally important is the Program’s commitment to create permanent art collections for all newly built U.S. embassies, consulates, and annexes. Collections strive to form cultural connections with contemporary art by artists from the U.S. and the host countries. Together, AIE ‘s temporary exhibitions and permanent collections provide international audiences with a sense of the quality, scope, and diversity of American and host country art and culture.

General Information

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) advances U.S. public diplomacy through temporary and permanent art exhibitions, publications, and cultural exchange.