IA&A at Hillyer (formerly Hillyer Art Space) is a program of International Arts & Artists, a non-profit arts service organization dedicated to increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts. Hillyer is a contemporary art gallery in Washington, DC. We are committed to supporting artists at all stages of their careers.

Selected artists are awarded the following:

  • A month long exhibition in one Hillyer’s three gallery rooms
  • Artist honorarium
  • Inclusion in annual RISE exhibition, previewing selected artists for 2020/21 season
  • Ongoing support from Hillyer staff, including a studio visit and exhibition consultation with Hillyer’s Director, assistance with exhibition installation and deinstallation, review of exhibition materials (artist statement, bio, labels, etc), and marketing and promotion of exhibition
  • Accepted artists also benefit from our Artist Advisory Program, where our highly qualified Artist Advisory Committee works individually with each artist to help them prepare their exhibitions and establish themselves in the DC-arts community.
  • Opportunity to give artist talks, lead public programs and workshops, artist interviews featured on blog, in artist spotlight video
  • One-year International Arts & Artists membership

Please note that Hillyer is not a commercial establishment and does not sell the artwork on exhibit. Any interested parties will be put directly in contact with the artist. Hillyer does not take a commission on sold works.



Selection Process

All proposals that meet the gallery’s qualifications are reviewed and selected by our Artist Advisory Committee, which is chaired by Hillyer’s Director.


Hillyer focuses on under represented artists. We accept proposals from regional artists that live within 150 miles of Washington, DC and have not had a solo exhibition in the last three years in a professional gallery or art space. We also accept work from international artists that are both living and working internationally. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Please note that Hillyer does not have funding to pay for artwork shipping or artist travel.

How to Submit

Submissions are accepted online via Submittable.com. This is a free service for you, but you must create a user login. It is quick and easy and helps us keep everything organized.

Application Fee: $30, non-refundable

Gallery Floorplan

CLICK HERE to view. Final gallery room selection is at the discretion of Hillyer’s Director. This is for reference only.


Contact us at 202.338.0325 or [email protected]