International Arts & Artists was founded in 1995 by David Furchgott with the mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. Originally run with only one employee, IA&A now operates in Washington, DC with 25 staff members and numerous interns.

During its initial eight years, IA&A produced exhibitions in Japan, Brazil and throughout the United States and Canada. Its early national projects consisted of, among many others, collaborations at the Spoleto Festival USA, an art-deco exhibition for Art Basel Miami, and the opening art exhibition for the Museum of African American History in Detroit. Notable international projects from the same years include an exhibition of post-impressionist paintings sent to Japan, a touring exhibition from Scotland for the Whistler Centennial, and a Pre-Raphaelite exhibition from Wales. DC’s Hechinger family loaned, then gifted, IA&A their noted “Tools as Art” collection to tour forming IA&A’s 376-work permanent collection. Funding during this period was assisted in part by the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation and the Carl M. Freeman Foundation.

During our first decade, IA&A established our Cultural Exchange Programs and was licensed by the US Department of State to provide visa guidance and sponsorship for foreign visitors’ training and internships in US cultural institutions.

With a grant from the DCCAH, IA&A opened IA&A at Hillyer in 2006 as our primary Washington initiative. It has become a vital exhibition and program space, serving the public with engaging programming and accessible contemporary arts.

In 2014 and 2015, IA&A purchased and renovated our building, ensuring that we will operate permanently in DC.

Now entering its third decade, IA&A manages over 30 traveling exhibitions each year, with 15 to 20 exhibitions on view at any time in museums around the world. IA&A produces another 30 exhibitions and a multitude of programs in IA&A at Hillyer in Washington, DC; sponsors over 100 J-1 visitors in cultural institutions across the United States; and operates a Design Studio for its own graphic art needs, as well as those of other institutions.