The Hillyer is one of the best places to spend First Fridays, the gallery crawl in which all of Dupont’s art spaces put out wine and crackers. A $5 cover will get you live music, art shows that are weird enough to satisfy but not so weird that you have no idea what they’re about, and the chance to rub elbows with D.C.’s young and beautiful. Go during the day to check out the socially progressive, sometimes interactive work without the crowds.
- Fiona Zublin, “Best Gallery: 2012,” The Washington Post Express
IA&A at Hillyer (previously Hillyer Art Space) is a contemporary gallery dedicated to serving the public with quality exhibitions and programming. Established in April 2006, Hillyer is a program of International Arts & Artists, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally through exhibitions, programs, and services to artists, arts institutions, and the public.
Hillyer’s focus is on under-represented artists, both emerging and established, that have not had a major solo exhibition within the last three years. We showcase local and regional artists in tandem with exhibitions featuring international artists, in a series of three exhibitions each month. Artists are selected via an Artist Advisory Committee, a group comprised of established artists and arts professionals from the DC region that have a diverse background in the arts. In addition to a solo exhibition, accepted artists are each paired with a member of our qualified Artist Advisory Committee who works individually with each artist to help them prepare their exhibitions and establish themselves in the DC arts community.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ARTS & ARTISTS
International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts, locally, nationally, and internationally. IA&A fulfills its mission by providing programs and services to artists, arts institutions, cultural organizations and the public. In addition to IA&A at Hillyer in Washington, DC, IA&A also provides Traveling Exhibitions Services, graphic design services via our Design Studio, Cultural Exchange Programs, and a Membership Program.
Allison Nance joined International Arts & Artists in 2013, as Director of IA&A at Hillyer. Prior to this, she was with the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 2008-2013, where she was the Director of their international exhibition space from 2012-2013. She co-founded of microWave project, LLC in 2010, a curatorial partnership that acts as a conduit between artists and businesses, exploring alternative exhibition venues with an emphasis on site-specific installation art. Allison is Vice-Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, whose role is to advise City Council with regard to policies that will strengthen the arts and further public access to the arts and cultural matters. She is the chair of the Commission’s Grants Committee, served on numerous public art selection committees, and for the last three years has worked on the Commission’s Annual Work Plan task force, outlining which new public art projects the City of Alexandria will initiate. Allison joined ArtTable in 2016, has served on the Washington, DC Executive Committee as Chair of Membership, and is currently serving on their Programs Planning Committee.
Gallery Assistant and Events & Programs Coordinator
Michelle Chen is the Gallery Assistant and Events & Programs Coordinator at IA&A at Hillyer. In these roles, Michelle assists in coordinating monthly exhibitions, develops public programming in partnership with local and international cultural organizations, and manages private events. Prior to joining IA&A, Michelle was an Arts and Culture intern at the Middle East Institute, a teaching assistant in Fine Arts at hip-hop nonprofit Words, Beats & Life, and a manager at public art studio ArtJamz. Michelle studied traditional Chinese calligraphy and painting as a child growing up in Maryland, and later had the opportunity to study Arabic calligraphy while on a U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange program in Egypt. Between 2013-2014, she assisted master artists in the creation of several works of public art as part of the Murals DC program. Michelle earned a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where she studied Culture and Politics. Michelle speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, and Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.
KEY INTERNATIONAL ARTS & ARTISTS STAFF
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President and Founder of IA&A
Coming from a family of creative artists, scientists and entrepreneurs, David Furchgott was first trained as an arts educator and studio artist, though his career focus for the past 32 years has been on international arts activities and exchange. Furchgott’s first directorship of an organization was in 1970 at age 23, followed by experience as a museum curator, educator, director of a small art school, and a government position developing arts accessibility for broader populations in his home state of South Carolina.
Since 1978, he has worked on an international scale in the arts, catapulted by work with the Spoleto Festival USA, then serving for 16 years as the first executive director of the International Sculpture Center (ISC). At the ISC Furchgott began programs to serve artists that eventually attracted 15,000 members in more than 70 countries, and provided exhibitions and programs across North American and from Asia to Europe. He also began and published Sculpture magazine.
In the same entrepreneurial spirit, Furchgott founded International Arts & Artists (IA&A) in 1995. IA&A now produces the largest number of touring fine and decorative arts exhibitions in the U.S., with an average of 15 to 20 exhibitions on view nationwide at all times and a similar number in development. Under his leadership, IA&A also began and operates an international exchange program for U.S. organizations that hosts between 70 to 130 artists and arts managers annually. IA&A’s Design Studio provides comprehensive design services to artists and arts organizations. Hillyer Art Space, IA&A’s gallery, holds upwards of 30 small, on-site exhibitions annually of emerging and under-exposed, mid-Atlantic-area artists, along with a variety of arts-related public programming.