The Office of Art in Embassies'"Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes" photo submissions have been pouring in and, like this photo from State employee Derek Brown of children in Kenya, they are -- wow -- dramatic, compelling and totally inspiring! This creative project featuring images from the day-to-day life of those serving overseas will be expressed in at least two distinct iterations. Lincoln Schatz, a contemporary American artist best known for works that utilize video to collect and display images from specific environments, will be creating a video-art piece incorporating selected images that will ultimately be installed in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul after it tours other national and international venues. Also being planned is a display presentation of the selected photographs, venues to be determined, so please stay tuned!
In the meantime, our deadline is approaching! The "Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes" photography exhibition is a joint effort between the Department of State's Office of Art in Embassies and the Department of Defense. Any current or former military, civil, and Foreign Service officer may submit up to 10 compelling photographs from their service abroad. Submissions will be accepted now through February 20, 2012. The best in show photographers selected will be honored in Washington, D.C. during Art in Embassies' 50th anniversary celebration on November 30, 2012. Rules, guidelines, and entry forms can be found here.