Having worked with over 6,000 artists and installed more than 10,000 works in 200 embassies and consulates, Virginia Shore’s bold art direction is thoughtful, timely and progressive. As the Chief Curator at the State Department for the Office of Art in Embassies (AIE), Shore established and led the first art acquisitions program for the U.S. Department of State, further expanded the mission to include artists for the host countries, and founded the Department’s first “Medal of Arts” award that has been awarded to artists globally. Leveraging her worldly perspective and experience, Shore’s intention for the HALL Arts Hotel’s collection of work from contemporary living artists is to challenge universal conversations and celebrate the world around us. “Much like the district it resides in, HALL Arts Hotel provides a platform for exceptional artists from Texas and beyond,” says Shore. “The artists in the collection range from emerging to established with a focus of diversity, equity and inclusion. There are numerous works in the collection that address issues of today. The works are intended to inspire, activate, and connect with the viewer, they are subtly provocative. They pull us in and encourage conversation, as well as celebrate the world around us.