Office of the President
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David Furchgott, President  email

David Furchgott is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of International Arts & Artists, which he began in 1995. Under his leadership, IA&A (which began as a one-person arts service organization) has grown to become a local and national leader in cross-cultural and international exchange. Furchgott began each of IA&A’s initial core departments and programs; he arranged the acquisition of its art collection, as well as the purchase and renovation of its facility in downtown Washington.

Previously, Furchgott was the executive director of the International Sculpture Center, the professional association for sculptors which he developed from a university-based organization to an internationally-known non-profit with over 15,000 members in 70+ countries. In that capacity, he also founded and published Sculpture magazine for 15 years. He has served as the visual arts director of the Spoleto Festival USA; as community arts director for the state of South Carolina; and as a curator with the Gibbes Museum of Art. Furchgott has lectured and consulted internationally on the status of visual artists, museums, public art, and related subjects.

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Clair Vogel, Executive Assistant to the President  email

Clair joined International Arts & Artists in 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the President. Previously she has worked in banking and as a content editor and English tutor for a Thailand-based tourism business. She earned her BA in linguistics, with a minor in music, from the College of William and Mary, where she served as an officer for multiple choral groups, and continues her musical education today as an independent student of the folk harp and aerial silks.

Traveling Exhibition Service
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Anne Timpano, Director, Traveling Exhibition Service  email

Anne is Director of the Traveling Exhibition Service at IA&A, with responsibilities that include guiding the management of all exhibition projects, establishing and maintaining contacts throughout the museum field, and developing new projects. Anne earned her BA in Art History from the College of William and Mary, and an MA in Art History from the George Washington University, where she was awarded the David Lloyd Kreeger Prize in Art History. She joined IA&A in 2014 after serving as a museum director at three institutions: the University of Mary Washington, the University of Cincinnati, and the Columbus Museum. She began her museum career at the Smithsonian Institution.

An experienced museum administrator, curator, and educator, Anne has organized a wide range of exhibitions, has overseen diverse museum collections, has guided several museum renovation/expansion projects, and has been a professor and founding director of museum studies programs at both the University of Cincinnati and the University of Mary Washington. In addition, she has served as a guest juror for many art competitions and festivals, as well as a museum surveyor and grant reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Georgia Council for the Arts.

An active artist with formal training in printmaking and drawing, Anne’s work has been exhibited at museums, galleries, and cultural institutions throughout the country.

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Elizabeth Wilson, Assistant Director, Traveling Exhibition Service & Head Registrar  email

Elizabeth assists in the early development of IA&A’s new exhibitions, supervises the logistics of the traveling exhibitions, and manages IA&A’s permanent collection The Hechinger Collection. She joined IA&A after earning an MA in Classical Archaeology and a Certificate in Museum Studies from Florida State University, and a BA in Classical Studies with minors in Art History and Sociology from Virginia Tech. Elizabeth has been a courier for multiple IA&A traveling exhibitions, including The Dutch Italianates: 17th-Century Masterpieces from the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London; Frank Lloyd Wright and the House Beautiful; and Inspiring Beauty: Fifty Years of Ebony Fashion Fair. 

With a deep interest in culture, Elizabeth loves to explore new destinations and is fortunate to have a position that requires travel opportunities!

 

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Lindsay Goodwin, Exhibition Project Manager & Marketing Coordinator  email

Lindsay oversees a number of traveling exhibitions in addition to managing the marketing needs of International Arts & Artists. She earned her BA in Italian Studies, with an emphasis in History of Art, from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed her MA in Museum Studies at San Francisco State University. To IA&A, Lindsay brings a diverse range of skills and knowledge, a legacy of her managerial experience at some of the finest museums in the country: previously, she has worked in the Special Events Office at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; in the Registrar’s Office at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and in the Development Department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Lindsay is on her fifth passport and has traveled to over fifteen countries. She also enjoys reading, eating breakfast at any time of day, and attending baseball games with her friends.

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Eileen Streeter, Communications Coordinator & Assistant Registrar  email

As Communications Coordinator, Eileen serves as a point of contact for each of IA&A’s hosting venues, facilitating the flow of information between institutions, while also supporting the Head and Associate Registrars in their duties. She earned her BA in Classics at Mount Holyoke College, and completed her MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Prior to her work at IA&A, Eileen worked as an exhibit designer for a traveling art gallery in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Jake Robertson, Exhibition Manager  email

Jake brings to IA&A a diverse creative and professional background. After earning his BA in English Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Jake worked variously as an arts educator, an English teacher in Thailand, a sales executive for an environmental tech startup, and a freelance writer. He has published works of film criticism, cultural criticism, and essays, and has sung in professional ensembles in Boston, DC, and Paris. He is a lifelong scribbler of cartoons, and a lover of film, music, and painting. He loves to travel and to explore other cultures, especially through their cuisine, and has been known to convince locals to teach him how to cook their favorite dishes. Jake believes the best alternative to travel is to “go visiting” through literature and art. He enlists his business development skills to aid mission-driven organizations. 

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Marni Dropkin, Associate Exhibition Project Manager   email

As Associate Exhibition Project Manager, Marni Dropkin develops, manages, and oversees exhibitions that travel around the country.  She earned a BA in Art History and Arts Management from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She has worked and interned at many museums across the country as well as internationally, and comes to IA&A after most recently working at the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection. She continues to contribute to the online presence of the Phillips Collection, writing content for the website. She brings her skills in curatorial research and museum marketing and management to her work at IA&A.

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Chase Carter, Associate Registrar  email

Chase is the liaison with each of IA&A’s hosting venues, managing the distribution of press materials and exhibition content, while also assisting in registration responsibilities to ensure the safety of all artwork. Originally from Los Angeles, Chase has also lived and worked in San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Copenhagen. Prior to joining IA&A, he earned his BFA jointly from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and worked at several nonprofit arts organizations, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Boston Center for the Arts, and Printed Matter, Inc. Apart from IA&A, he works creatively as an artist and writer.

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David Walker, Copy Editor  email

David edits, proofreads, and develops content for IA&A’s various writing projects. He studied English, History, and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in English. He has participated in archaeology digs in Israel and has traveled widely in Israel, Greece, Italy, and Turkey. David has worked as a proofreader and copy editor at the Patuxent Publishing Company in Columbia, MD, and as a writing adviser at the University of Maryland University College.

In his spare time, David enjoys traveling, writing, and baking, and has been published in the Baltimore Sun (travel piece) and Cicada magazine (a poem).

IA&A at Hillyer
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Allison Nance, Director of IA&A at Hillyer   email

Allison joined International Arts & Artists in 2013, as Director of Hillyer Art Space. Prior to this, she was with the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 2008-2013, where she was the Director of their international exhibition space (2012-2013), and Assistant Gallery Director and Graphic Designer (2008-2011). In 2010 she co-founded microWave project, llc, 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, and for the last three years has worked on the Commission’s Annual Public Art Work Plan task force, outlining which new public art projects the City of Alexandria will initiate, indicating where the projects are located, and what the proposed budgets will be. Allison joined ArtTable in January 2016 and is currently the co-chair of Membership for the Washington, DC, chapter.

In her free time, Allison enjoys reading and seeing live music. She lives with her husband and their dog Luna in Alexandria, VA.

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Michelle Chen, Gallery Assistant & Events and Programs Coordinator email

Michelle 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 US Department of State-sponsored exchange program in Egypt. Between 2013 and 2014, she assisted master artists in the creation of several works of public art as part of the Murals DC program. Michelle earned a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where she studied Culture and Politics. Michelle speaks Mandarin Chinese, French, and Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.

Cultural Exchange Programs
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Jennifer Schrock, Director of Cultural Exchange Programs  email

As Director of Cultural Exchange Programs, Jennifer provides cultural exchange opportunities for international students, professionals, and scholars visiting the United States. She liaises with the Department of State to implement US public diplomacy initiatives, including the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. In addition, Jennifer leads marketing and communications for the Department and organizes public programming in collaboration with other departments of IA&A.

During her undergraduate studies, Jennifer studied abroad in South Korea and interned with a nonprofit organization in South Africa. Prior to joining IA&A in 2014, she worked with the Women’s Foreign Policy Group in Washington, DC, and Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, Canada. She holds an honors degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa. Jennifer is a member of the Junior League of Washington, where she volunteers with local organizations to promote literacy among women and children.

A gelato enthusiast and shameless Drake fan, you can often find her indulging in her love of minimalist art at one of DC’s many museums.

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Christopher Sciotto, Program Officer  email

Christopher serves as the Program Officer for IA&A’s Cultural Exchange Programs, monitoring IA&A’s ongoing J-1 Exchange Visitor training programs. He earned his BA in Political Science with a Minor in Economics from the University of Oregon and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland.

Christopher grew up in a multicultural and musical family, composing, performing, and producing music as a hobby. Christopher remains passionate about using music to share experiences and to bring together diverse communities.

Operations and Administration

Christine Pembroke, Vice President of Administration and Finance  email

Christine coordinates facility support, regulatory compliance, human resources, budget development, and financial management. She also handles in-house legal matters. Christine earned a law degree with honors from the George Washington University and went on to clerk in the motions division of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Prior to joining IA&A, she worked for many years as in-house counsel to government organizations and a national energy company, where she practiced in the areas of administrative, fiscal, ethics, contracts, and personnel law. In addition, she served in an administrative capacity for a nonprofit organization.

In her spare time, she continues her legal practice by representing indigent defendants before the courts of appeals.

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Henriette Akamba Akono, Financial Manager  email

Henriette Akamba Akono is the Financial Manager at IA&A. She received her BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland University College, and prior to IA&A worked as a teller supervisor at PNC Bank. At IA&A, she manages accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll.

IA&A was her introduction to museums and the global art scene. She particularly enjoys working at IA&A because it is international and allows her to connect with people from Australia, South Africa, Canada, and many other countries. In her spare time, when not studying yoga, driving for Uber, or volunteering at Oyili Beti USA, a Cameroonian cultural group based in Maryland, Henriette loves spending time with her family.

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Seth Dorcus, Development Coordinator  email    

As IA&A’s Development Coordinator, Seth is responsible for raising funds for IA&A’s programs and maintaining donor relations. Seth received his BFA in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014.  Prior to working at IA&A, he interned at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD, where he developed educational art projects for children. He also interned at the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD, as a gallery assistant.

Design Studio
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Deanna Luu, Director, Design Studio  email

Deanna is a skilled graphic designer and the conceptual mind behind bold and bright ideas at IA&A’s Design Studio. Deanna hails from Baltimore, MD, and studied graphic design at Towson University. During her undergraduate studies, she also studied abroad in London for a year. Since joining IA&A in 2016, she has developed identity and branding systems, publications, and promotional materials for a broad range of clients.

Deanna likes traveling and exploring new places and is a member of the DC chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts).

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Maggie Toth, Graphic/Web Designer  email

As a web and graphic designer, Maggie brings both visual and technical expertise to IA&A’s digital and print media. She began learning design in 2011 at the Carroll County Career & Technology Center, and is continuing to study Information Technology and Graphic Design at Marymount University. At IA&A she is the driving force behind our website and other forms of digital media.

In her spare time, she can found playing video and tabletop games, petting dogs, and exploring the world.