The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation has donated $250,000 to the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. The gift was made in honor of the organization’s thirtieth anniversary, and the endowment will be used to care for FAPE’s collection.
The Ellsworth Kelly Fund for Preservation will help maintain more than 2,300 works located in 140 countries. Established as a public-private partnership with the US Department of State in 1986, FAPE upholds a legacy of cultural diplomacy by permanently placing works by American artists in US embassies around the world.
Ellsworth Kelly, an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker, was involved with FAPE since 1997 and has completed commissioned works that are on display in US embassies in China and Berlin. Born in Newburgh, New York, the artist died in December 2015 at the age of ninety-two.
“We are profoundly saddened by his loss, but we are honored and grateful for this extraordinary gift, which guarantees that FAPE’s entire collection will be cared for in perpetuity at no cost to the government,” FAPE chair Jo Carole Lauder said.