Saturday, March 22, 2008

Art in Architecture and Art in Embassies Programs


"The GSA [General Services Administration] Art in Architecture Program commissions the nation's leading artists to create large-scale works of art for new federal buildings. These artworks enhance the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcase the vibrancy of American visual arts. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States.

GSA reserves one-half of one percent of the estimated construction cost of each new federal building to commission project artists. A panel comprised of art professionals, civic and community representatives, and the project's lead design architect meets to discuss opportunities for artists to participate in the building project. This panel reviews a diverse pool of artist candidates and nominates finalists for GSA to evaluate. Artists who receive federal commissions work with the project architects and others as members of a design team to ensure that the artworks are meaningfully integrated into the overall project.

GSA maintains a large registry of artists interested in being considered for federal commissions. This registry is the principal resource for the panels that assist GSA in selecting artists for each new project."

NOTE: Region 7 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) and CO:12 are the only ones listed in the Art Work Media Statistics as having textile art.


Established by the United States Department of State in 1964, the ART In Embassies Program is a global museum that exhibits original works of art by U.S. citizens in the public rooms of approximately 180 American diplomatic residences worldwide. These exhibitions, with art loaned from galleries, museums, individual artists, and corporate and private collections, play an important role in our nation's public diplomacy. They provide international audiences with a sense of the quality, scope, and diversity of American art and culture through the accomplishments of some of our most important citizens, our artists.
  1. Image-based and abstract work in all media are selected.
  2. Length of a loan is approximately two and one-half to three years.
  3. ART in Embassies hires professional fine art handlers to assemble, pack, crate and safely ship works of art to and from each embassy. ART insures each work of art during its transit to and from the embassy and while it is on exhibit at the residence.
  4. Lenders are not compensated financially. Their participation is documented in ART exhibition publications and/or on the ART web site. A wall label accompanies each work of art and identifies both the artist and lender.
  5. Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
  6. Submissions are archived for future consideration.
  7. Up to 10 images may be submitted only as JPGs or website URL.
  8. Unsolicited mailed submissions are not accepted
  9. An immediate response should not be expected.

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