Office of the President

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 Vogel 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

Anne Timpano, Director, Traveling Exhibition Service  email

Anne Timpano 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 joined IA&A in 2014 after serving as a museum director for over twenty years. An experienced administrator, curator, collection manager, and educator, Anne has organized a wide range of exhibitions, has overseen diverse museum collections, has guided several museum renovation/expansion projects, and was 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 museum surveyor and grant reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She earned a BA in Art History at the College of William and Mary and an MA in Art History at the George Washington University.


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

Elizabeth Wilson issues loan contracts to lenders for IA&A’s developing exhibitions, supervises the logistics of traveling exhibitions, and manages IA&A’s permanent collection Tools as Art: The Hechinger Collection. She joined IA&A after earning an M.A. in Classical Archaeology and Certificate in Museum Studies from Florida State University. Elizabeth has supervised the transfer and movement of more than 50 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 In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America.


Lindsay Goodwin, Exhibition Project Manager & Marketing Coordinator  email

Lindsay Goodwin oversees several traveling exhibitions in addition to managing the marketing needs of International Arts & Artists. She earned her B.A. in Italian Studies, with an emphasis in History of Art at the University of California, Santa Cruz and completed her M.A. in Museum Studies at San Francisco State University. Prior to her work at IA&A, Lindsay worked in the Special Events Office at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Registrar’s Office at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Development Department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, bringing with her a diverse array of skills and knowledge.


Hannah Shambroom, Associate Exhibition Project Manager & Coordinator of New Project Development   email

As Associate Exhibition Project Manager & Coordinator of New Project Development, Hannah manages several exhibitions for International Arts & Artists’ Traveling Exhibition Service, facilitating the development and placement of exhibits in domestic and international art venues. She also helps coordinate all new exhibition proposals. Hannah earned a B.A. in Art History from Connecticut College and received an M.A. in International Communication and a Graduate Certificate in International Arts Management from American University. Before joining IA&A, she worked at several museums in the DC area including the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler Galleries and Glenstone.


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 B.A. in Art History and Arts Management from the University of San Francisco and a M.A. in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 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.


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 B.F.A. jointly from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and worked at several non-profit 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.


David Walker, Copy Editor  email

David Walker is the copy editor for IA&A’s various writing projects. David 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. To IA&A he brings more than two decades of copyediting, proofreading, and production design experience, most of it from his years at the Patuxent Publishing Company in Columbia, Maryland. Meanwhile he has continued his graduate studies at the University of Maryland and has worked as a writing adviser at the University of Maryland University College. He writes in his spare time and has been published in the Baltimore Sun (travel piece) and in the magazine Cicada (a poem).

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Allison Nance, Director of IA&A at Hillyer   email

Allison Nance joined International Arts & Artists in 2013, as Director of IA&A at Hillyer. Before coming to Hillyer, Allison was the Director of the Target Gallery, the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. She is the co-founder of microWave project, a curatorial partnership that acts as a conduit between artists and other groups/businesses, working to promote these artists and educate the community, and doing this by exploring alternative venues for emerging and established artists with an emphasis on site-specific installation art. Allison is the 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 has worked the last several years to help create and implement a new Public Art Master Plan.


Miranda Johnson, Gallery Assistant & Events and Programs Coordinator  email

Miranda Johnson joined International Arts & Artists in 2017 as the Gallery Assistant & Events and Programs Coordinator of IA&A at Hillyer. Originally from Irvine, California, Miranda graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in Art History and English. She then moved back home to California, where she worked as a visitor services associate for the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Previously, Miranda worked as a gallery attendant at the Schmucker Art Gallery in Gettysburg, PA, and participated in an individualized research program at the President Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, D.C., where she was able to assist in curating exhibitions. She also interned in the education department at the Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, CA, where she drafted lesson plans for their youth summer art camp. At Hillyer, Miranda is looking forward to continuing her education in the museum field and furthering her experience in the areas of public programming, visitor services, and exhibition design.

Cultural Exchange Programs

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 U.S. public diplomacy initiatives, including the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. In addition, Jennifer leads marketing and digital communications for CEP and provides in-country support for program participants.

Prior to joining IA&A in 2014, Jennifer 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. During her undergraduate studies, Jennifer studied abroad in South Korea and interned with a nonprofit organization in South Africa. Jennifer is a member of the Junior League of Washington, where she volunteers with local organizations to promote literacy among women and children.


Michelle Chen, Program Associate  email

Michelle Chen is a Program Associate with IA&A’s Cultural Exchange Programs and the Outreach Coordinator at IA&A at Hillyer. In these roles, Michelle assists international students and professionals seeking exchange opportunities at US host organizations, supports public programming, and builds partnerships with local arts and culture organizations. Prior to joining IA&A, Michelle was an Arts and Culture intern at the Middle East Institute; a teaching assistant in Fine Arts at the hip-hop nonprofit Words, Beats & Life; and a manager at the 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.


Christopher Sciotto, Program Officer  email

Christopher Sciotto serves as the Program Officer for IA&A’s Cultural Exchange Programs. He assists artists from abroad that are participating in IA&A’s J-1 Exchange Visitor training programs. Christopher grew up in a multi-cultural and musical family, composing, performing, and producing music as a hobby. Throughout his college career, Christopher continued to write and perform and remains passionate about using music to share experiences and bring together diverse communities. Christopher 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.

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.  Prior to joining IA&A, Christine 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.  Christine earned a law degree with honors from George Washington University and went on to clerk in the motions division of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  In her spare time, she continues her legal practice by representing indigent defendants before the courts of appeals.


Henriette Akamba Akono, Financial Manager  email

Henriette Akamba Akono is the Financial Manager at IA&A. She received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, University College. Prior to joining IA&A, she was a teller supervisor at PNC Bank. She currently volunteers at Oyili Beti USA, a Cameroonian cultural group based in Maryland.


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 B.F.A. 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

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).


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.