2001 Art In Embassies Program, U.S. State Department

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Release Date: Jun 4, 2001
Fisher Works Selected For Prestigious ‘Art In Embassies’ Program; U.S. State Department To Showcase Paintings Around the World

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. State Department has selected two Gary Fisher paintings for its prestigious Art in Embassies Program. The abstract landscapes, Potomac Sunset 2 and Urban Noon, will be displayed in U.S. embassies around the world beginning with the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

“I am truly honored to be included in this select group of U.S. artists,” said Fisher, who lives in Washington, D.C. and Miami Beach, Fla. “I’m especially pleased to be part of a program that brings an important part of our American culture to people around the world and helps us forge new cultural links with our foreign neighbors,” said Fisher.

The Art in Embassies Program (AIEP), adopted by the State Department in 1964, was created to promote national pride and a sense of the distinct cultural identity of America’s art and its artists. Under the terms of AIEP, Fisher’s paintings are on loan to the State Department for a period of three years. The paintings will be viewed by many of the thousands of guests who visit U.S. embassy residences each year. Fisher’s Potomac Sunset 2 is an oil on canvas piece and measures 36 by 56 inches. Urban Noon is an acrylic on canvas work and measures 38 by 58 inches.

A native of Wyoming, Fisher is a Washington, D.C. artist known for his daring use of color. Many of his abstracts, as well as his fanciful fruits and garden flowers, are displayed in striking purples, yellows and blues. Fisher, who spends much of his time working on commissioned pieces, is also the curator for the Washington, D.C. art program that showcases the talents of local artists at Results the Gym on Capitol Hill.

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