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[GOV] Day 2: Artists & Designers with Indiana Ties Featured on Governor’s Jobs Mission
Start Date: 9/8/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/8/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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TOKYO – Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence are highlighting the work of artists and designers with Indiana ties throughout the governor’s first jobs mission through Japan by practicing the East Asian ritual of gift-giving.  

“Sharing a little piece of our Hoosier home has been a special part of this trade mission," said Pence. "When company executives unwrap these creations with Indiana ties, they ask questions about the stories behind the gifts, accompanied with inquiries about living and working in our state. By partaking in this unique ritual, we're helping to tell the story of Indiana.”  

Governor Pence is presenting company executives and government officials with a framed architectural rendering of Indiana’s Statehouse drawn by architect David Barrett McTyre.  

With more than 30 years of experience for leading corporate and high-end residential architecture firms in Boston, Chicago and Indianapolis, McTyre formerly worked as an architect at Indianapolis-based CSO Architects. He drew the original illustration of the statehouse on yellow tracing paper to give the best transparent layering effects for color. 

First Lady Karen Pence is presenting company and school officials with Fort Wayne-designed Vera Bradley totes and Kokomo Opalescent Glass cardinals, Indiana’s state bird. She is also giving Japanese third grade students participating in the art exchange coal mining hard hats from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  

Gift-giving is important in Asian business protocol, and emphasis is placed on this ritual. The exchange usually occurs near the end of the trip. Neckties or scarves in the state colors and cuff links also are given to other officials who attend the meetings. Other gifts include a watercolor of the Statehouse painted by First Lady Karen Pence and a scale model of the 2013 Dallara IndyCar with A State That Works detailing. 

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) purchased the gifts using private contributions from the IEDC Foundation. No state funds are used to pay for the state’s overseas jobs missions. 

Photos of the below will be added to the page later today. 

Photo 1: David Barrett McTyre’s architectural rendering of Indiana’s statehouse 

Photo 2: Governor Pence and the First Lady present Governor Fukuda and Mrs. Fukuda with the architectural rendering of the statehouse. 

Photo 3: Kokomo Opalescent Glass cardinals. 

Photo 4: Watercolor of Indiana’s statehouse painted by First Lady Karen Pence. 

Photo 5: 2013 Dallara IndyCar with A State That Works detailing 

Photo 6: Governor Pence and the First Lady receive a gift from Governor Fukuda and Mrs. Fukuda. 


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Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317-232-1622
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