International Arts & Artists
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International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is an international, nonprofit organization, based in Washington D.C., dedicated to increasing the public's cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts through a range of services provided to artists and art institutions. IA&A helps museums, foundations, and private collectors share and exchange collections through traveling exhibition services. IA&A also provides support to emerging and professional artists of all ages through cultural exchange training programs, professional development and exhibition services.
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 2004 by John Hechinger of the Hechinger Company.
IA&A is a registered 501(c)3 entity and is located, along with its gallery, Hillyer Art Space, in Washington D.C.'s Dupont Circle. IA&A was founded by David Furchgott in 1995 and includes programming for traveling exhibitions services, services for emerging and professional artists through Hillyer Art Space, graphic design services and cultural exchange program services. Originally run with only one staff member, IA&A has grown to include more than 20 employees and numerous interns.
The Traveling Exhibition Services department of International Arts & Artists "...is the producer of the largest number of fine arts and decorative arts exhibition in the U.S." which it develops and circulates to large and small museums and public institutions throughout 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. During IA&A's first fifteen-year history, the organization collaborated with more than 300 museums and cultural institutions in 49 states. As of 2013, IA&A has made more than 500 exhibition presentations in museums across the U.S. and internationally, representing over 30 distinct cultures. The organization assists in all stages of exhibition planning from concept development and loan procurement, to venue selection, exhibition catalogue production and transportation arrangements.
One traveling exhibition was Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens shown at The Phillips Collection, the University of New Mexico Art Museum, the University of Virginia Art Museum and the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. The exhibition includes photographs of American artist Man Ray by contemporaries such as Charles Sheeler, Walker Evans, Clara Sipprell, Cecil Beaton and Raoul Ubac.
Habsburg Treasures: Renaissance Tapestries from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna was another past exhibition. The eight tapestries in the exhibition come from two different series: six from the Brussels atelier of Frans Geubels and two from the bequest of French King Francis I (1708–1765). The exhibition toured at the Norton Museum of Art, the Columbia Museum of Art and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
Hillyer Art Space
Established in April 2006, IA&A's on-site gallery, Hillyer Art Space, serves to better accommodate the local Washington, D.C., arts community. For the second year, Hillyer was named Washington's "Best Gallery of 2012" by the Express newspaper. The gallery showcases both regional and international exhibitions that feature emerging artists working in a wide array of media. 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. Some of Hillyer's past exhibitions include works by Joan Belmar, Solomon Wondimu, Yar Koporulin and Jessika Tarr.
Events at Hillyer Art Space
- The Recorder
- Bringing new music into a contemporary art setting, The Recorder hosts independent, contemporary, and experimental music performances. Hillyer believes that new music plays a critical role in a vibrant arts community, and aims to create new opportunities for music to engage with art. The Recorder provides a meeting place for the visual arts and music to meet, allowing for new encounters between artists and creating the opportunity and space for collaborations to occur.
- Hillyer Art Space's performance art series, Soapbox, aims to increase exposure to this critical, yet underrepresented art form in Washington. Soapbox's mission is to cultivate emerging talent and showcase the best that performance art has to offer.
- First Friday
- First Friday Openings are a collaborative effort to strengthen arts and culture in the beautiful, multicultural Dupont Circle neighborhood. On the first Friday of every month, galleries in the community open their doors to multitudes of art enthusiasts from all walks of life for simultaneous openings. Hillyer encourages all to join for the openings and to circulate between the neighboring galleries, which host an ever-changing array of styles and media.
- Life Drawing
- Life Drawing is a series of events for artists and non-artists to gather together during three-hour figure-drawing sessions. Hillyer offers seating with ample room for approximately thirty artists and their materials, easels and a professional model.
Cultural Exchange Programs
IA&A runs Cultural Exchange Programs, 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. IA&A provides trainees with documentation for the J1 visa required for exchange, and serves as the continuing liaison between the trainees and host organizations throughout the training period. Each year, IA&A provides visa assistance to about 100 international trainees.
IA&A's Design Studio provides the full spectrum of print and web design. It offers all print, multimedia and web site design services, as well as copywriting and editing. The Design Studio works side-by-side with IA&A's Traveling Exhibitions department, Hillyer Art Space, Cultural Exchange Programs and the Membership Program to provide professional graphic design materials.
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- artsandartists.org, the organization's official website