Biography – Imna Arroyo

Imna Arroyo

Imna Arroyo is an educator, activist and artist.  She is a painter, printmaker, papermaker and bookmaker, who also works on multi media installations. Her artistic work has been devoted to exploring the connections between the African Continent and the Diaspora.  She was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico.  She studied at La Escuela de Artes Plasticas del Instituto de Cultura in San Juan, Puerto Rico and obtained her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and her MFA from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.  She also studied other printmaking techniques at the Tamarind Institute, New Mexico, the New York University Printmaking Studio, the University of Guanajuato, Mexico and Non-toxic Printmaking Methods at the Canadian School for Non-Toxic Printmaking, Summer International Printmaking Workshop, and Grande Prairie Regional College, Alberta, Canada. Her work is included in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art Library/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection and the Schomberg Center for Research and Black Culture, NY, the Yale Art Gallery, CT and Casa de las Americas and the Museum Casa Africa, Habana, Cuba

Imna Arroyo has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including several professional development grants. She received the 2010 title of Connecticut State University (CSU) Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University in recognition of her teaching, mentorship and internationally acclaimed artistic endeavors overseas and throughout the United States. In 2007, she received the honorary title of Chief Yeye Agboola of Ido Osun, (Chief Mother of the Garden of Honor) in recognition of selfless service to the upliftment of Ido-Osun Kingdom conferred by his Royal Majesty Aderemi Adeen Adeniyi-Adedapo, Ido-Osun, Nigeria, and West Africa. She received from Eastern the 2008 Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2000 Excellence Award, in Recognition of excellence in creative and scholarship activity. She is the recipient of the 2003 Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award, in recognition of achievements and dedication to public service under the auspices of the United Nations Association of the USA (Connecticut, Southwestern Chapter) and UNIFEM-Connecticut, members of the CT. She was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Award from AAHHE the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education for artistic achievements that have contributed significantly to the understanding of Latino culture.

Arroyo has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico and the Czech Republic.  In 2011, she was invited to participate in The Living Legacy of 30 Million Untold Stories, United Nations, International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.