WASHINGTON and SIMI VALLEY, Calif., June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) is pleased to announce a comprehensive exhibition of its Original Print, Photography and Site-Specific Collections at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum from June 23 through August 7, 2016. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., FAPE is the public-private partnership with the State Department dedicated to providing permanent works of American art for U.S. embassies worldwide.
"In celebration of FAPE's 30th Anniversary, we are delighted to exhibit our Collection of American art at the Reagan Library. The Collection showcases our country's rich artistic history, and the exhibition is especially meaningful given that our organization was founded during the Reagan administration," said FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder.
The Original Print Collection began in 1989 when Frank Stella contributed The Symphony in an edition large enough for a print to be sent to every U.S. embassy; it now includes 26 editions. A similar Collection of Photography was inaugurated in 2013. For FAPE's Site-Specific Collection, an artist collaborates with FAPE, the new embassy architect and the State Department to ensure that their commissioned art is sensitively integrated within the site. FAPE artists include: Lynda Benglis, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Julie Mehretu, Cindy Sherman and Wayne Thiebaud, among others.
"Promotion of the arts was extremely important to President and Mrs. Reagan," said John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. "We are honored to be able to showcase this extraordinary exhibit within our Museum walls."
FAPE is the public-private partnership 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 and education initiatives. FAPE 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. FAPE's contributions include permanent works by more than 200 preeminent American artists placed in more than 140 countries. www.fapeglobal.org
About the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation (RRPF) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride. It sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion and the award-winning Air Force One Discovery Center. Located in Simi Valley, California, the Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of President and Mrs. Reagan. www.reaganfoundation.org
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