International Arts & Artists

International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is an international, nonprofit arts service organization based in Washington, D.C., United States that is "dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally" according to its mission statement.[1]

Logo of IA&A

IA&A helps museums, foundations, and private collectors share and exchange a diverse range of art through traveling exhibition services. IA&A is a sponsor for J-1 visas to individuals across the arts industries through their cultural exchange training programs, professional development, and exhibition services.[2] IA&A owns and operates IA&A at Hillyer, a contemporary art space in Dupont Circle, Washington DC.

On view in IA&A's Washington office are select works from Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection. Consisting of over 350 works of art, the collection was donated in its entirety to IA&A in 2003 by John S. Hechinger, founder of the Hechinger Company.[3]

History and StructureEdit

IA&A is a registered 501(c)3 entity and its offices and exhibition space are located in Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle. IA&A was founded by David Furchgott[1] in 1995, and began Traveling Exhibition services at this time.[1]

In 2003, hardware-industry pioneer John Hechinger, Sr. donated his collection of over 350 works of twentieth-century art to IA&A.[1][3]

In 2004, IA&A received a unique designation from the US Department of State for its Cultural Exchange Programs to sponsor J-1 visas for international interns, trainees, and scholars placed in cultural institutions throughout the US.[1]

In 2006, IA&A opened Hillyer Art Space (now IA&A at Hillyer).[1][4]

In 2014, IA&A purchased and renovated the 1850s-era former livery stable in Dupont Circle that it had occupied as an office/exhibition site for over a decade, providing a permanent home for the organization and Hillyer.[1]

In November, 2017, Founder and President David Furchgott announced his intention to retire.[5] He stepped down from his role as President in January, 2019.[6]

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the organization faced a period of instability. During this time IA&A minimized their Cultural Exchange Program due to travel restrictions, suspended their Design Studio Program and programs at Hillyer Art Space,[7] and greatly reduced their staff.

David Furchgott came out of retirement to become Interim President of IA&A following the resignation of his successor in October 2020.

In November 2021, Hillyer Art Space was reopened as IA&A at Hillyer.[7]

Traveling exhibitionsEdit

The Traveling Exhibition Services department of International Arts & Artists "is the producer of the largest number of fine arts and decorative arts touring exhibitions in the US,"[8] which it develops and circulates to large and small museums and public institutions throughout North America and abroad. The exhibitions cover a range of art and cultural concepts from both international and American artists, additionally compiling works from significant collections and art movements worldwide. Since 1995, IA&A has coordinated "more than 800 exhibition presentations at nearly 500 museums and cultural institutions in all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom."[9] The organization assists in all stages of exhibition planning and presentation from concept development and loan procurement, to venue selection, exhibition catalogue production and transportation arrangements.

Notable exhibitionsEdit

By 2020, International Arts & Artists toured over 100 exhibitions around the US and abroad.[9] These include:

IA&A at HillyerEdit

Established in April 2006,[4][1] IA&A's on-site gallery serves to better accommodate the local Washington, D.C., arts community. For the second year,[28] Hillyer was named Washington's "Best Gallery of 2012" by the Express newspaper.[29] The exhibition space showcases both regional and international exhibitions that feature emerging artists working in a wide array of media.[30] Additionally, the space serves as an open forum for artistic discussions, events and activities catered to the public.

Exhibitions change monthly and feature both emerging and established artists; the exhibitions are solo, group or thematic in orientation. At Hillyer, work from artists living and working in the mid-Atlantic region, particularly the D.C. area, exists alongside the work of their international peers. By exhibiting this variety of international art adjacent to local works, Hillyer creates a dialogue of cultural exchange.

Hillyer determines the majority of their exhibitions through an annual call[31] selected by their Artist Advisory Committee. Selected artists partner with a member from the Advisory Committee as their exhibition date approaches.[32]

Some of Hillyer's past exhibitions include works by Joan Belmar,[33] Solomon Wondimu,[34] Yar Koporulin[35] and Jessika Tarr.[36]

In 2016, artist Kristy Little's “Falling,” a wall sculpture created with wood and wire, was on view at Hillyer Art Space.[37]

In 2017, artist Blaise Tobia exhibited his series "Plain & Fancy" at Hillyer.[38]

In 2018, Australian artist Georgia Saxelby's project, “To Future Women,” which invites participants to write letters to women 20 years in the future, was presented at IA&A at Hillyer.[39]

In 2019, “Starting from the Island, Contemporary Art from Taiwan" was presented at Hillyer.[40] This exhibit featured artist Kuen-Lin Tsai, among others.

Cultural Exchange ProgramsEdit

IA&A runs an internationally focused career training program. This U.S. Department of State-approved program allows international trainees to partake in professional training within arts and cultural-related organizations throughout the United States. Each year, IA&A provides visa and job-placement assistance to "about 100 young people from overseas to work in cultural organizations of all sorts — dance companies, theater companies, art museums."[8]

Design StudioEdit

IA&A's Design Studio provides print and web design. It offers print, multimedia and web site design services, as well as copywriting and editing. The Design Studio works with IA&A's Traveling Exhibitions department, IA&A at Hillyer, Cultural Exchange Programs and the Membership Program to provide professional graphic design materials.

This program is temporarily suspended as of 2020.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "About International Arts and Artists – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  2. ^ International Arts and Artists. 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "International Arts & Artists and The Hechinger Collection: Sharing Art with the DC Public". [1] Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "International Arts & Artists (IA&A) at Hillyer". Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Mark (November 9, 2017). "Big changes afoot at Hillyer". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  6. ^ "International Arts & Artists names new President/CEO". Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "PAST EXHIBITIONS". IA&A at Hillyer. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Jenkins, Mark. "Little Arts Group Has a Big Impact on Exhibitions Nationwide and Beyond" The Washington Post July 25, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2012. [2]
  9. ^ a b "About Traveling Exhibition Service – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  10. ^ "Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens". International Arts and Artists. January 28, 2022.
  11. ^ Howard, Brianne (2011). "Review of Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens". African Arts. 44 (4): 82–83. doi:10.1162/afar.2011.44.4.82. ISSN 0001-9933. JSTOR 41330746. S2CID 191393956.
  12. ^ Man Ray: African Art and the Modernist Lens. The Phillips Collection October 10, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Cohen, Patricia (December 31, 2013). "So Valuable, It Could Almost Be Real". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  14. ^ a b "Intent to Deceive – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  15. ^ Edgers, Geoff (January 21, 2014). "Springfield exhibit explores deceit in art world". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  16. ^ "About the Exhibition". Intent to Deceive. January 30, 2022.
  17. ^ Hobbs, Robert (2001). Slavery! Slavery!. International Arts & Artists. ISBN 9789112342413.
  18. ^ Smith, Roberta (September 7, 2017). "Kara Walker Traces Slavery's Bitter Legacy With New Ways of Drawing". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  19. ^ a b "Kara Walker: Slavery! Slavery! 25th International Bienal of São Paulo, Brazil – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  20. ^ "From the Fire – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  21. ^ "Tradition Transformed: Contemporary Korean Ceramics at the V&A | London Korean Links". May 2, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  22. ^ "Marilyn – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  23. ^ a b Tiffany Ap, for. "Marilyn Monroe: An even brighter life after death?". CNN. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  24. ^ "Archipenko – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  25. ^ "From the Ashes of Vesuvius, In Stabiano | Dallas Museum of Art". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  26. ^ a b "In Stabiano – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  27. ^ "Habsburg Treasures – International Arts & Artists". Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  28. ^ Elmusa, Karmah "Best Gallery: Hillyer Art Space" Express[3] November 5, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2012
  29. ^ Team Express "Best of 2012: Arts" Express[4] October 18, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012
  30. ^ Jacobson, Louis. "Reviewed: Keith Lane at Hillyer Art Space." Washington City Paper October 14, 2011.[5] Retrieved November 14, 2012.
  31. ^ "HILLYER ART SPACE – CALL FOR ENTRY". Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. May 30, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  32. ^ "ARTIST ADVISORY COMMITTEE". IA&A at Hillyer. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  33. ^ "Joan Belmar (Washington, DC)". IA&A at Hillyer. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  34. ^ "Solomon Wondimu". IA&A at Hillyer. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  35. ^ "Yar Koporulin". IA&A at Hillyer. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  36. ^ "Jessika Dené Tarr". IA&A at Hillyer. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  37. ^ "Review from 2016 for' Falling' at The Hillyer Gallery - Flesh and Bone exhibition". Kirsty Little. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  38. ^ "Hillyer Art Space 2017". Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  39. ^ "5 under-the-radar art exhibitions to visit this summer". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved February 18, 2022.
  40. ^ "Hillyer Art Space Presents "Starting from the Island, Contemporary Art from Taiwan". Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States 駐美國台北經濟文化代表處. Retrieved February 18, 2022.

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