Exhibition of Original American Print and Photography Collections

Exhibition Held at Wilson Center, May 5-August 15, 2014

May 05, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) is pleased to announce an exhibition of its Original Print and Photography Collections will be displayed at the Woodrow Wilson Center from May 5 through August 15, 2014. The works will be presented on the fourth and fifth floors where they will be accessible to the public. The exhibition is generously being supported by Christie’s. 

“The Wilson Center is proud to host this collection featuring art from some of America’s most renowned artists,” said Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center. “FAPE’s contribution to cultural diplomacy is an important aspect of U.S. diplomatic relations and cross-cultural understanding.”

Since Frank Stella’s donation in 1989, twenty-two artists have contributed to the Lee Kimche McGrath Original Print Collection. In addition to the 2014 donations, works by Tina Barney and William Wegman are included in FAPE’s Photography Collection launched in 2013.

The exhibit at the Wilson Center will include original print and photography works by John Baldessari, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, and Susan Rothenberg.

Notes to Editors:
1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.

2. FAPE is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent works of American art for U.S. embassies worldwide through site-specific commissions, original print and photography collections, preservation projects and other arts initiatives. It contributes to the U.S. Department of State’s mission of cultural diplomacy by partnering with American artists whose gifts 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 country’s greatest artists and donors. As of 2014, FAPE’s donations include permanent works by more than 200 preeminent American artists placed in more than 140 countries.

FAPE was founded in 1986 by Leonore Annenberg, Wendy W. Luers, Lee Kimche McGrath and Carol Price.  Its current leadership includes Chairman Jo Carole Lauder, President Eden Rafshoon, Vice President Darren Walker, and Director Jennifer A. Duncan. A volunteer advisory committee chaired by Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art, selects and commissions all FAPE artists. FAPE underwrites the fabrication and installation, and is exclusively funded through individual, foundation and corporate donations.  Further information about FAPE can be found at www.fapeglobal.org.  Follow FAPE’s announcements, events and artists on Facebook.