Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies

FAPE A public-private partnership with the State Department providing permanent works of American art for U.S. embassies worldwide




As it becomes more and more challenging to predict the impact of the COVID-19 virus, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Annual Events scheduled for April 19-21 in Washington, D.C.

The health and safety of our honorees, members, artists, board and staff is our top priority. We are working on a new date for the fall and we will provide an update soon. We hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy during these trying times.


Looking for something to do with your children or grandchildren?  Download FAPE’s Coloring Kit!

Central to our mission is to inspire and educate the next generation of artists and diplomats! The Coloring Kit  features works in our Site-Specific Collection at U.S. embassies around the world. Visit countries from China to Greece while learning about the United States’ greatest artists.  

FAPE Coloring Book Cover

Artists Philip Pearlstein and Carrie Mae Weems



Each year, an American artist donates a work to FAPE’s Original Print and Photography Collections. The art is available to Ambassadors and embassy personnel for display at their post.

2019 contributions include:

Philip Pearlstein, Above Santa Fe – Original Print Collection

Carrie Mae Weems, American Monuments I and American Monuments II – Photography Collection — Gift in memory of Vicki Sant


Roy Lichtenstein, Greene Street Mural
U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico
July 2022


FAPE sent a diverse body of work to the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. The Collection includes several works of art generously donated by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Laura-Lee W. Woods, among others. The crating and shipping of the Collection was courtesy of Debra and Leon Black.

  1. Bruce Porter, Untitled, 1995, lithograph/linocut, 33 ¼ x 25 12 inches, Gift of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  2. Sam Francis, Untitled, 1983, lithograph, 42 1/16 x 28 13/16 inches, Gift of Mrs. Laura-Lee W. Woods
  3. Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled (from Club/Spade Group ’81-82), 1981-1982, lithograph, 39 15/16 x 27 inches, Gift of Mrs. Laura-Lee W. Woods

FAPE believes in the power of art to engage global citizens, foster mutual understanding and promote cultural exchange.  By sharing great American art with the world, we show respect for our international partners and their culture while highlighting the richness and diversity of ours.

—Jo Carole Lauder, Chairman


Our corporate partners are integral to our success!

FAPE would like to give special recognition to Bank of America which has been our official sponsor since 2011. Its annual gift ensures the success of so many of our programs, including our Original Print, Photography and Site-Specific Collections.

Read about our sponsors.


Please join FAPE as a Cultural Ambassador!

Thanks to our members, FAPE is able to commission and acquire works by American artists for display in U.S. embassies worldwide.

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