Ceremony Marks Official Unveiling of New Permanent Embassy Art Collection

Artist Tonje Bøe Birkeland talks about her artwork "Character #IV Anna Aurora Astrup" at the dedication ceremony.

On September 20, 2018, a ceremony marked the unveiling of the new permanent art collection at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo. Many of the artists represented in the collection attended the event. The collection was curated by the Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) curator Sarah Tanguy. Public Affairs Officer Ann McConnell welcomed the guests to the special event and introduced Ambassador Braithwaite. The Ambassador spoke about how the collection features work by contemporary American, Norwegian, and indigenous artists. He also commented on how this collection uniquely reflects the shared cultural values of the United States and Norway. Afterwards, curator Sarah Tanguy gave a presentation of all the artworks in the collection, which engages themes of the Arctic and its changing ecosystem, exploration, and discovery.

Ambassador Braithwaite thanked Art in Embassies’ curator Sarah Tanguy.

The U.S. Embassy at Makrellbekken in Oslo was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 15, 2017.

Collection of Norwegian and American contemporary art

Artists represented with art work in the the new permanent art collection at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo include: Rebecca Allan (United States), Tonje Bøe Birkeland (Norway), Kenneth Blom (Norway), Frank Brunner (Norway), Sukey Bryan (United States), Ida Ekblad (Norway), M. Scott Johnson (United States), Erika Larsen (United States), Syl Mathis (United States), Tony Abeyta (United States), Jeff Kahm (United States), Courtney Leonard (United States), Dan Namingha (United States), Crystal Worl (United States), Ellington Robinson (United States), Foon Sham (United States), Jon Isherwood & Bennington College, Ann Cathrin November Høibo (Norway), and Jana Winderen (Norway).

The new permanent art collection reflects themes of the Arctic, exploration, and discovery.

Art in Embassies

Art in Embassies is a public-private partnership engaging over 20,000 participants, including artists, museums, galleries, foundations, universities, and private collectors, and encompasses over 200 U.S. diplomatic facilities in 189 countries.  The Museum of Modern Art first conceived this global visual arts program in 1953, and in 1963, AIE became an office of the U.S. Department of State under President John F. Kennedy. Then and now, AIE plays a vital role in U.S. public diplomacy.

See more photos from the dedication ceremony in this Flickr album.