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Dulles International Airport to host exhibition of photographs from the lnter-American Development Bank's art collection

From May 2 through October 31 at the Gateway Gallery of Metropolitan Washington's biggest air terminal 

For the next six months, millions of travelers passing through Dulles International Airport will be able to visit a photographic exhibition organized by the IDB Cultural Center and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority's Arts Program. 

The show, The Big Picture: A Photography Exhibition in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the IDB Cultural Center, will be open to the public from May 2 through October 31, 2012 at the Gateway Gallery, located in the connector walkway between the AeroTrain C-Gates station and the C Concourse. 

Comprising 44 striking images from the IDB's permanent collection, as well as pieces previously shown at other art events held by the Washington, DC-based international finance institution, The Big Picture highlights Latin America's and the Caribbean's cultural wealth and diversity, as seen through the lenses of 22 leading contemporary photographers from 13 countries. 

"Through this exhibit, which is slated to be the most visited show in the IDB Cultural Center's history, Dulles International Airport will become a museum of modern art for several months, giving countless travelers an opportunity to become acquainted with our peoples’ colorful and expressive heritage, traditions and imagery," said Ivan Duque Marquez, chief of the IDB's Culture, Creativity and Solidarity Division. 

The works, which stand out for their quality and conceptual depth, were done using a variety of techniques, styles and formats. Curated by Debra Corrie, the exhibit includes photographs by artists such as Luis Gonzalez Palma of Guatemala, Sebastian Mello Salaberry of Costa Rica and Gerard Hanson of Jamaica. 

20 years promoting culture 

The IDB Cultural Center's mission is to promote the cultural patrimony of the institution's 48 member countries and foster cultural entrepreneurship in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Since its creation in 1992 the Cultural Center has held 101 art exhibits and 480 concerts, conferences, book presentations and screening at the IDB's Washington headquarters and in its member countries. In 2010 Washington's Mayor recognized the IDB Cultural Center with its Visionary Leadership in the Arts award. 

As part of its work to promote cultural projects, the IDB Cultural Center has awarded more than 500 technical cooperation grants for projects seeking to democratize access to culture in Latin America and the Caribbean.