“It is a great honor to receive the 2016 Annenberg Award from FAPE, an organization that believes that art and design can foster a deeper appreciation of all cultures. This is a principle that is central to my work as well, so it is wonderful to be included in FAPE’s legacy of cultural diplomacy through art. Art and architecture work in concert, and are vital to sparking creativity, enhancing understanding, and creating a dialogue.” — Frank Gehry, via fapeglobal.org
The eight-year-old award was created by the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, "to honor distinguished Americans who have demonstrated a commitment to the arts, and who exhibit long-term excellence and innovation in the exchange of creativity and ideas that represent the rich and diverse culture of the United States." So far, those deemed worthy of such a description have included I.M. Pei, Alice Walton (the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. heiress and founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, designed by Moshe Safdie), cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.