International Arts & Artists and The Hechinger Collection: Sharing Art with the DC Public

Mr. Hechinger’s Tools are back…

Washingtonians who fondly remember the Hechinger Company hardware and home improvement stores will be able to share in nostalgic moments as International Arts & Artists  (IA&A), a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC will be sharing portions of its Hechinger Collection, “Tools as Art,” through installations at locations around the District this summer.

This would not be possible without the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and its “City Arts Projects” matching grant program, aimed at expanding the quality and diversity of arts activities throughout the city and making arts experiences accessible to District residents.

Whiskers, Kevin Kevin Deck, Print. On view from July 29th 2011 through Sept 17th 2011 at DC Courts.

This outreach brings IA&A’s well-established national and international traveling exhibitions model to an effective micro-level, presenting quality art to residents throughout the District’s neighborhoods.

So far, IA&A has secured exhibition locations at Sitar Center for the Arts (currently on view through July 22nd), DC09 (currently on view through September 17th), and the District of Columbia Courts (on view from July 29th through September 17th).

Blue, Red, Brown (1988) Arman, Mixed Media. On view now through Sept 17th 2011 at DC09.

With the ongoing success of the project, IA&A hopes to secure additional exhibition locations throughout this year and into 2012-if you’re interested in participating, please refer to the contact information below.

The Hechinger Collection consists of over 350 works of art, formerly displayed throughout the offices of the Hechinger Company’s headquarters in Landover, Maryland to inspire and motivate employees. John Hechinger Sr.’s selection of works, stimulated by tools and various hardware materials as related to his company, exemplified the passion he held for his work.  Prior to his death in 2004, John Hechinger Sr. donated the entire collection to International Arts & Artists.

The collection includes internationally known artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Jim Dine, Arman, and Claes Oldenberg as well as dozens of Washingtonians including Georgia Deal, Maria Josephy, and Jeff Spaulding.

If you have any enquires about this exciting new project or you are interested in loaning part of the collection, please contact Jessica Cooke at

International Arts & Artists
9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington, DC 20008 USA
T 202.338.0680 | F 202333.0758 |
Gallery Hours: 12 – 5pm Monday, 12 – 6pm Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5pm Saturday.
Otherwise by appointment

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Since 1968, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has developed and promoted local artists, organizations and activities.
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