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Arts Envoy Elizabeth Robles Helps Judge Contest

August 16, 2013
Arts Envoy Elizabeth Robles with art students at ceramics and sculpture conference. (State Dept. Photo)

Arts Envoy Elizabeth Robles with art students at ceramics and sculpture conference. (State Dept. Photo)

TEGUCIGALPA - On August 15, Ambassador Lisa Kubiske opened the Honduran Interamerican Cultural Institute's (IHCI) 15th annual sculpture and ceramics contest at the IHCH's center in Tegucigalpa. Ambassador Kubiske was joined by U.S. State Department Arts Envoy, Elizabeth Robles, a sculptor and ceramic artist, who, along with judges from El Salvador and Guatemala reviewed the exhibition pieces and selected the contest winners.

In addition to her duties as a judge, Robles also presented some of her original works to the general public and led student workshops at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and at the Proyecto Piloto.

IHCI, a binational center, was started in the late 1930s to promote American culture and teach English. To date, it remains one of the U.S. Embassy's key partners to promote English teaching and Embassy-sponsored cultural and English language programs.

IHCI organizes an annual art exhibit alternating painting one year and ceramics/sculpture the following year. The Embassy has traditionally supported this exhibit by sponsoring an American artist as an Arts Envoy to serve as one of three members of the jury judging the entries in the art biennale, one of two important annual art competitions in Honduras.

The U.S. Ambassador's annual participation demonstrates the Embassy's commitment to IHCI's goal to position itself as a leading cultural and academic institution and support to professional and upcoming artists.