​Institute of Mosaic Art's Mission, Classes, Culture, Founders

About Us

Founded in 2005 by mosaic artist Laurel True, Institute of Mosaic Art is a world-class mosaic education and resource center offering students expert instruction in the mosaic arts in a fun and welcoming environment. We are the largest mosaic education center in the United States, offering the widest range of programming in the mosaic arts.

IMA is a premier destination for mosaic, students, visitors and instructors from around the world.

 We are proud to offer an extensive curriculum of of over 80 unique classes and workshops in both contemporary and traditional mosaic techniques for students of all levels - from beginner to professional. Institute of Mosaic Art classes couple a solid technical understanding based on decades of experience, with exploration of the many expressive and creative possibilities of mosaics. IMA houses multiple classrooms and lecture spaces with lots of room to create.

IMA hosts nationally and internationally known mosaic artists and arts professionals for our Visiting Artist Series and offers a Mosaic Lecture & Adventure Series which showcases the work of mosaic artists around the world.

Our exhibition space features rotating mosaic exhibitions of professional and student work and our permanent collection includes mosaic sculpture and installations throughout the building. Images of artwork from previous IMA exhibitions can be found here.

We strive to create and foster a culture and creative exploration and learning while offering solid technical instruction in an atmosphere of community and support. We work hard to develop unique programming that will educate and inspire. Our staff and visiting instructors have extensive experience as professionals in their fields who bring their unique vision, expertise, and style to IMA.

IMA offers open studio time for visitors to work on their mosaic art in our beautiful studio space by the day or by the month. Click here for more information on IMA's Studio Use program. 

Our colorful building is also home to Mosaic Studio Supply, a top-notch retail mosaic supply store.

Mosaic Studio Supply, located inside the IMA building, is a complete mosaic shopping experience! MSS has hundreds of different types of glass, tile and stone tesserae to choose from as well as specialty tools, mosaic and art books, adhesives and grout, substrates, and items to inspire your creativity. Mosaic Studio Supply specializes in hard to find, brightly colored tile for both interior and exterior applications.

Select everything you need for projects ranging from decorative objects to large-scale mosaic installations. Our knowledgeable staff will help you select exactly what you need for your project.

IMA founder Laurel True

IMA founder Laurel True

by Nadia Khastagir

by Nadia Khastagir


Masthead: Detail of Vase by Erin Rogers