Evan Binkley (History of Art, Museum Studies ‘20) spent his fall semester in Washington, D.C. as an intern for the United States Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE). Envisioned by the Museum of Modern Art and later established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, AIE promotes global exchange and shared understanding with the United States through the display of art in diplomatic settings throughout the world. To date, Art in Embassies has exhibited work in United States embassies and ambassadorial residences spread across more than 190 countries. The office maintains partnerships with more than 20,000 participating artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Jeff Koons, Maya Lin, Xu Bing, and Mark Bradford.
As an intern, Evan has been able to take on responsibilities across all facets of the office. He has had the opportunity to engage in consultation meetings with recently-appointed ambassadors, conduct preliminary artwork research for new embassy construction, and contribute to an Art in Embassy exhibition publication. In addition to other administrative tasks, Evan has also worked extensively in updating the AIE website. To learn more about Art in Embassies, please visit art.state.gov.
Evan has also been awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship for 2020.