Hillyer is uniquely positioned to promote cross-cultural understanding and international exchange, perfectly reflecting DC as a diverse, multicultural city and an international capital. The core of Hillyer’s exhibitions are selected through a very competitive annual call for proposals, and selected artists are awarded a solo exhibition in one of Hillyer’s three galleries. These artists are paired with a member of Hillyer’s Artist Advisory Committee, comprised of local established artists and arts professionals. Committee members, along with Hillyer’s staff, work one-on-one with the artists leading up to their exhibitions, working to advise and mentor them, and to provide continued support throughout their artistic careers.

Open seven days a week, Hillyer works with cultural organizations and embassies in order to engage with and increase the public’s understanding of other cultures through accessible arts programming. Hillyer’s exhibitions and programs provide an intimate and approachable means for the public, whether local or visiting, to interface with contemporary art and artists. Because of the depth and reach of the organization, Hillyer is uniquely positioned to provide engaging public programs that serve as an access point to other cultures, both internationally and within our own community.


Hillyer is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Taipei Economic Cultural Representative Offices.





International Arts & Artists (IA&A) is 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. In addition to IA&A at Hillyer in Washington, DC, IA&A also provides Traveling Exhibition Services for museums and cultural institutions, and Cultural Exchange Programs for international scholars.