Hillary Clinton Honors Photographer Carrie Mae Weems with State Dept. Medal

Photographer Carrie Mae Weems received a State Department medal from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a luncheon on Friday, November 30, at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Clinton honored Weems and four other artists—Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Shahzia Sikander and Kiki Smith—with the first U.S. Department of State Medals of Arts ever awarded. The medals recognized the artists’ contributions to the “Art in Embassies” program, which creates art exhibitions in U.S. diplomatic buildings overseas. The EIN program celebrated its 50-year anniversary this year.

“Art is…a tool of diplomacy,” Clinton said during her remarks at the ceremony. “It is one that reaches beyond governments, past all of the official conference rooms and the presidential palaces, to connect with people all over the world.”

For more, including a video of Clinton’s remarks, visit the State Department site.

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  3. Jeff Maloney Says:

    Interesting to see Secretary Clinton is honoring Jeff Koons who is an acknowledged image thief and violator of international and federal copyright laws. I don’t think much of his “artistic abilities”.

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  5. Hiram Jones Says:

    Koons is a notorious serial infringer, a pirate who has based his career on thievery. He has been convicted in major cases, and his two sole skills are self-aggrandizement and theft. It is disgusting that Hillary Clinton chooses to honor such a lowlife in any way whatsoever. Of course, from Hillary Clinton, such behavior while disgusting is hardly surprising.

  6. JUNE TRUESDALE Says:

    BRAVA SISTA CARRIE . . . CONGRATULATIONS . . .

    WELL DESERVED . . . YOU GO GIRL . . . WE SO PROUD . . .

    PEACE OUT . . . JT

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