Imna Arroyo 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 has also studied printmaking techniques at the Tamarind Institute, New York University Printmaking Studio and at the University of Guanajuato, in Mexico. Her work is also in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art Library/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, Yale Art Gallery and Schomberg Center for Research and Black Culture.
She has served on national boards and international committees. Her service includes serving as President for the national Women’s Caucus for Art (1996-98), Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Representative to the United Nations for the national Women’s Caucus for Art; delegate to the Vienna NGO Committee on the Status of Women and the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women/NGO Forum in Beijing, China; and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New Haven (1986-1996). In Willimantic, she is one of the founding members of the Windham Art Center and Gallery; she serves on the Board of Director’s and chairs the Gallery Advisory Committee. Together with other committee members she helped established the guidelines in which the gallery presently operates. She also helped to form the Collectivo Mestizal, a Latin American and Caribbean group whose mission is to promote Latino arts, education and culture in the region.
She is currently a Professor of Art at Eastern Connecticut State University where she chairs the Visual Arts Department. Imna Arroyo has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including several professional development grants. In 2000, she received an Excellence Award in recognition of excellence in Creative and Scholarly Activity from Eastern. She also received the 2003 Steinkraus-Cohen Memorial Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award, in recognition of achievements and dedication to public service. The award is under the auspices of the United Nations Association of the USA (Connecticut, Southwestern Chapter) and UNIFEM-Connecticut, members of the CT.