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, 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.

Sarah Boonie, Executive Assistant to the President  email

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 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 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 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 around the country. 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, where she was awarded the David Lloyd Kreeger Prize in Art History.


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.


Christina Johnston, Associate Registrar  email

As Associate Registrar, Christina Johnston covers the registration for IA&A’s Traveling Exhibitions including checklists, insurance, loans, art handling, and shipping. She has diverse experience in the art world having previously held positions in shipping and logistics in a variety of museums, galleries, and auction houses, with additional experience in curatorial, marketing, and education. Before joining IA&A, Christina worked at Paddle8 Auction House and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, and interned at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. Christina received her B.A. in both Art History and International Studies with a minor in French from Penn State University.


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.


Olivia Desjardins, Associate Exhibition Project Manager & Coordinator of New Project Development    email

As Associate Exhibition Project Manager, Olivia Desjardins develops and manages traveling exhibitions with museums domestic and abroad for International Arts & Artists. She earned her B.A. in Art History from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK and received her M.A. in Arts Management from George Mason University, Arlington, VA. Prior to her work at IA&A, she was an Exhibitions Assistant at Arlington Arts Center in Virginia and Regional Administrator for ArtTable, Inc. in Washington, DC.


Hannah Shambroom, Associate Exhibition Project Manager   email

As Associate Exhibition Project Manager, Hannah manages several exhibitions for International Arts & Artists’ Traveling Exhibition Service, facilitating the development and placement of exhibits in domestic and international art venues. 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.

Vacant Position, Associate Exhibition Project Manager   email


Chase Carter, Communications Coordinator & Assistant 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).

Vacant Position, Grant Project Coordinator  email

Hillyer Art Space

Allison Nance, Director of Hillyer Art Space  email

Allison Nance join International Arts & Artists in 2013, as Director of Hillyer Art Space. 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 Hillyer Art Space. 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.


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, Director of Administration and Finance  email

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.