Art in Embassies (AIE) is housed within the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. It is an integral part of the Department’s commitment to promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding through public-private partnerships that deliver art exhibitions, permanent collections, site-specific commissions and two-way artist exchanges in more than 200 U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. In China, AIE has curated impressive collections of American and Chinese artists at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S Consulate in Guangzhou.
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) is a public private partnership dedicated to providing permanent works of American art for U.S. embassies worldwide. For almost thirty years, FAPE has contributed to the U.S. Department of State’s mission of cultural diplomacy by partnering with American artists whose works encourage cross-cultural understanding within the diplomatic community and the international public. All artworks commissioned or placed by FAPE are gifts, representing the generosity and patriotism of some of the United States’ greatest artists and donors. FAPE fulfills its mission through site-specific commissions, original print and photography collections, preservation projects, and other arts initiatives. For more information on FAPE’s donations in China go here.