I. M. Pei accepts fourth annual Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts in Washington D. C.
The Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) honoured architect I. M. Pei with the fourth annual Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts on 15 May, 2012, in a presentation at the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted FAPE’s members at the event, and FAPE Chairman Jo Carole Lauder presented the award to Mr. Pei.
"It is a great honour to receive the 2012 Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts,” said Mr. Pei. “I wish to thank the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies for recognising my work and my strong interest in integrating the arts and architecture. Working closely with artists has rewarded me over the years with many friendships and has greatly enriched my design work. I am particularly grateful to Secretary Clinton for graciously inviting us to join her in the American period rooms at the Department of State."
More than 200 guests, including Mr. Pei and his family, artists, FAPE Board members and supporters, current and former U.S. ambassadors, and government representatives, gathered in the State Department’s Benjamin Franklin Dining Room for a reception and dinner in honour of Mr. Pei. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in support of FAPE and the generosity of its artists.
“I am proud to continue my long support of FAPE’s mission to enhance and enrich our diplomatic relationships by sharing artwork that reflects our American values,” said Secretary Clinton. “I am also delighted to congratulate this year’s recipient of the Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts, world-renowned architect, I. M. Pei, and thank him for his abiding commitment to the promotion of art and culture in the public square.”