History

Shortly after the establishment of the Inter-American Development Bank in 1959, a group of bank officials took the initiative to create the Staff Association, whose objective to this day is to represent the interests of the staff of the Bank and promote activities for the well-being of its employees, including in the cultural, social, and sports fields.

Amongst the initial projects of the Staff Association, emerged the idea of creating a space in which to disseminate the various expressions of contemporary art from the member countries of the Bank. This is how the IDB Staff Association Art Gallery was born.

During its nearly fifty years of existence, the gallery has exhibited the work of emerging artists and renowned designers, painters, engravers, tapestry artists, photographers, sculptors, and ceramists, including internationally renowned artists, who embellished the showroom such as Marta Minujin and Nicolas Garcia Uriburu from Argentina and Miguel Angel De Vita from Uruguay.

Our Mission

The IDB Staff Association Art Gallery offers exhibitions and cultural activities for Bank employees and the public to experience the various expressions of emerging and established contemporary artists from the member countries of the Bank, in both Latin-America and the Caribbean, as well as from member countries in America, Asia, and Europe. Through its programming, the gallery seeks to foster dialogue among local and international community members, arts organizations, and artists, as well as to increase the appreciation and understanding of contemporary art created in our member countries.

Our Team

We are a group of employees, united by our passion for art and our dedication to sharing the IDB Staff Association Art Gallery’s exceptional contemporary artists from IDB member countries with as many people as possible.