The Department of State supports official U.S. participation at select international art exhibitions called biennales. The Department's support ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding.
Program LengthHeld biannually in even-numbered years (2008, 2010, 2012, etc.). The 2014 exhibition will be open from June 7 through November 23, 2014. The theme of the 2014 exhibition will be "Fundamentals."
Eligibility and Application OverviewPublic applications are accepted.
- Be a U.S. - based non-profit museum, school, galleries, or a visual arts organization subject to 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. tax code;
- Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status in the U.S. Artists whose work is proposed for representation must be U.S. citizens.
Independent curators wishing to apply must seek affiliation with a non-profit institution to take on the responsibility of fiscal management for the project. The Department encourages organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the USG to apply under this announcement.
Potential applicants interested in organizing the Cairo or Venice Biennales are required to submit their proposals electronically through Grants.gov and in hard copy to the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau. Please do not submit a proposal without first discussing your project with Cultural Programs Division at the U.S. Department of State.
The proposal submission period is now closed.
For information on the official U.S. representation at the 2012 Venice Architectural Exhibition, visit the website for the Institute for Urban Design.