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School of Visual Arts

Culture Exchange Through the Visual Arts

Three SoVA students and one alumna currently have artwork on display in the U.S. Embassy residence in Managua, Nicaragua, as part of Art in Embassies. SoVA students Annalisa Barron (BFA Senior), Kaeley Boyle (BFA Senior), and Caitlin Golesh (BFA Senior), as well as SoVA alumna Ghislaine Fremaux (MFA 2012), are participating in the exhibition Managua 2012.

U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua Phyllis Powers, a Penn State alumna herself, will host the exhibition through her tenure as ambassador (approximately two years). Camille Benton, Art in Embassies curator, said “it was important to Ambassador Powers to include work from her alma mater.” The theme of the exhibition is “student art.”

“Art in Embassies provides the embassy audience with an opportunity to view works by American and local artists, thus promoting a dialogue and demonstrating the depth and breadth of our artistic culture. This exhibition focuses on work by students,” Benton said. “Nicaragua has a large youth population, who will be interested in seeing and discussing art by U.S. students.”

Art in Embassies falls under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State. The program was founded in 1963 with the mission of creating exhibitions of original art for display in the public rooms of U.S. diplomatic residences worldwide. The residences serve as centers for official state functions, and the exhibitions provide tangible focal points around which to build outreach. Each exhibition becomes part of the ambassador’s cultural mission.

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