The U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya held an opening of an arts exhibit “The Consulate in Sketches” on Thursday, December 18, 2014, to showcase the artwork of the U.S. Consulate by two Indonesian sketchers, Sudarman Angir and L.K. Bing. Consul General Joaquin F. Monserrate said that he invited them early this year after seeing their work. “I first saw their work in early 2014, and was so moved by by their beautiful drawings depicting historical Surabaya, that I invited them to sketch our Consulate. Through their work, Darman and Bing are rescuing Surabaya’s enormously rich architectural heritage and bringing much needed attention to our unheralded city,” said CG Monserrate.
The U.S. Consulate General building in Surabaya opened in May 2012. Occupying a six-acre site in the Citra Raya development, the facility services as an important platform for U.S. diplomacy in Indonesia and throughout the region and creates a secure, state-of-the-art, environmentally-sustainable workplace for approximately 200 American and Indonesian employees. The permanent art collection in the Consulate is a mixture of Indonesian and American artists. The Consulate will feature the sketchers work during the beginning of 2015.