International Arts & Artists

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International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is an international, nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C.. IA&A helps museums, foundations, and private collectors share and exchange collections through traveling exhibition services. IA&A is also a sponsor for J1 visas to individuals across the arts industries through their cultural exchange training programs, professional development and exhibition services.[1]

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.[2]


IA&A is a registered 501(c)3 entity and is located, along with its gallery 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. Originally run with only one staff member, IA&A has grown to include more than 20 employees and numerous interns.

Traveling exhibitions[edit]

The Traveling Exhibition Services department of International Arts & Artists " the producer of the largest number of fine arts and decorative arts exhibition in the U.S.", [3] 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. During IA&A's first fifteen-year history, the organization collaborated with more than 300 museums and cultural institutions in 49 states. [3] 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.

Notable exhibitions[edit]

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens, traveled to museums around the US:The Phillips Collection, [4] 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[edit]

Established in April 2006, IA&A's on-site gallery serves to better accommodate the local Washington, D.C., arts community. For the second year,[5] Hillyer was named Washington's "Best Gallery of 2012" by the Express newspaper.[6] The gallery showcases both regional and international exhibitions that feature emerging artists working in a wide array of media.[7] 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.

Cultural Exchange Programs[edit]

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 assistance to about 100 international trainees.[3]

Design Studio[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ International Arts and Artists. 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2014.
  2. ^ 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}
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  4. ^ Man Ray: African Art and the Modernist Lens. The Phillips Collecton October 10, 2009. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  5. ^ Elmusa, Karmah "Best Gallery: Hillyer Art Space" Express[2] November 5, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2012
  6. ^ Team Express "Best of 2012: Arts" Express[3] October 18, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012
  7. ^ Jacobson, Louis. "Reviewed: Keith Lane at Hillyer Art Space." Washington City Paper October 14, 2011.[4] Retrieved November 14, 2012.

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