What is IAMA?


We begin with the question: Have you heard of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III?

Let’s break it down. The artist Master Wan Ko Yee is H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, whom followers of Buddhism believe to be the third reincarnation of the primordial Buddha. And he lives in Los Angeles.

IAMA first intended to open its doors as a permanent retrospective purely dedicated to Dorje Chang Buddha III whose artworks amassed over the years are equaled in recognition via numerous awards - Presidential Gold Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Award for International Service and Leadership, Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Arts in 2004 and a World Peace Prize at the US Capitol in 2011.

But his holiness disagreed. Rather, Dorje Chang Buddha III advised the museum be open to works of all master artists...

And here we are today...

Since its founding in 2011, the International Art Museum has steadily worked to incorporate collections of both Eastern and Western origin in a multitude of mediums from ink brush to oil paintings to sculpture. In 2018, IAMA welcomes the addition of 50 new pieces of modern Asian artworks.

Opening Summer 2018 is IAMA’s newest exhibition room called Lightspace.  

Looking forward Our Mission is to...

Thrive as a place to engage the local community. Our building sits on Market and 6th and oh, what stories it holds. Located deep in the heart of San Francisco, we have the opportunity to provide space for respite, reflection and exchange. Our mission is to provide an inclusive space to experience art and generate dialogue around diverse cultures through exhibits, programs, and education.


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