Call for artists

Meridian International Center, a nonprofit based in Washington, DC, is currently accepting applications for a fine arts exchange program funded by the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. One American artist will be selected to travel abroad to Turkmenistan in April 2020 for two weeks to:

• Have his/her solo works displayed in an exhibition in Turkmenistan
• Lead a plein air painting session in the Kopetdag mountains and assist the U.S. Embassy with selecting 10-20 local artists as participants
• Give workshops/lectures for students of the Fine Arts Academy and the general public
• Participate in a group exhibition with works from the plein air session as a capstone for the program

The selected artist will receive a $250/day honorarium. Travel (flights, baggage fees, visa expenses, travel insurance), lodging, and per diem (meals and incidentals) will be provided to the artist for the duration of the program.


• Be a U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age
• In possession of or able to obtain a U.S. passport with an expiration date no sooner than November 2020
• Able to commit to traveling to Turkmenistan for 2 weeks

Selection Criteria

• Be an expert/advanced landscape realism painter
• Teaching ability/experience and communication skills
• Be knowledgeable and experienced in the art market
• Be able to bring a small collection of your works for display in Turkmenistan
• International experience preferred
• Be flexible in meeting local sensitivities and limitations
• Potential to thrive as a cultural diplomat and to use art to promote cultural exchange

Application Requirements

• 1-2 page cover letter explaining your suitability for the program and relevant experience
• Résumé
• 5-10 work samples

Submission Information

Applications are due by email to Athena Hsieh, Cultural Programs Officer, at If selected to participate in this program, you will be notified by the end of January.

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