State Defends $450,000 for Venice Exhibitions; Hit for Spending in Tough Times
Byline: Jim McElhatton, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The State Department is poised to spend nearly a half-million dollars on a pair of upcoming art and architecture exhibitions in Italy, an expense that fiscal watchdogs criticize with the nation's budget picture stuck in the red.
Plans call for the State Department to spend $350,000 so that U.S. artists can showcase their works at the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale next year, an international event that's been dubbed the Olympics of modern art.
Department officials plan to spend an additional $100,000 so U.S.-based curators at nonprofit museums, galleries and arts and architecture schools can travel and …
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