International Art Museum of America

The International Art Museum of America (IAMA), originally the Superb Art Museum of America, is an art museum located at 1023 Market Street between 6th and 7th Streets in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It was founded in 2011 by H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, an artist who claims to be a reincarnation of the Buddha Vajradhara,[1] and originally only contained works by him.[2] In an interview with Huffington Post, Dyana Curreri-Ermatinger, the museum's director, denied that the museum was part of a cult, saying that its mission was "to provide a place that is serene and peaceful in the otherwise chaotic environment of Central Market".[3]

International Art Museum of America
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Entrance to the museum on a day in 2016 when entrance was free
Former name
Superb Art Museum of America
EstablishedOctober 15, 2011
Location1023 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°46′53″N 122°24′39″W / 37.78142°N 122.41070°W / 37.78142; -122.41070
TypeArt museum
DirectorDr. Loretta Huang

The front entrance contains a permanent garden installation with a pond, a waterfall, imitation rock formations, a pagoda-roofed gazebo, and a tree house sculpture designed by artist Steve Blanchard.[4]


Chinese artists included in the permanent collection

European artists included in the permanent collection


  1. ^ Orzech, Charles; Sørensen, Henrik; and Payne, Richard eds. (2011) Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia Brill. p.571 ISBN 9789004184916. Quote: "Another Chinese master, Yee Wan Ho (Yi Yungao), claims to be the third incarnation of Vajradhara Buddha, as indicated by the title he has assumed. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, as well as the second incarnation of Vimalakǐrti. These claims are made in his widely distributed book H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III: A Treasury of True Buddha-Dharma."
  2. ^ Wilkey, Robin (October 14, 2011) "International Art Museum Of America Opens In San Francisco" Huffington Post
  3. ^ Henry, Jason; Scauzillo, Steve (2017-08-28). "Pasadena man Dorje Chang, known to followers as Buddha, is gaining followers in art world". Pasadena Star-News. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  4. ^ Hamlin, Jesse (October 13, 2011). "International Art Museum brings calm to Mid-Market". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 31, 2016.

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Coordinates: 37°46′53″N 122°24′39″W / 37.7815°N 122.4107°W / 37.7815; -122.4107