About the Guild

The primary goal of The Guild is to promote fine miniatures as an art form, thus removing them from the category of crafts. This goal is achieved in various ways... all of them innovative and exciting! The Guild is a mixture of miniaturists, both collectors and artisans, who have much in common... an appreciation of fine miniatures. We are an organization which unites them both!

The International Guild of Miniature Artisans is a not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductable. 

Objectives Board of Trustees Contact Information Code of Conduct IGMA Copyright Policy

Objectives of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans

To Promote Miniatures as an Art Form

  1. Through the placement of miniatures in museum and gallery exhibits and collections.
  2. Through involvement in local, state and national art foundations, both public and private.
  3. Through the conduction of an annual public auction of notable miniature works.

To Increase Awareness and Appreciation of High-quality Workmanship Through Public Education

  1. By offering a showcase for top-quality miniatures at an annual show and sale featuring Guild Artisans and Fellows.
  2. Through special Guild educational programs, both for the public and for the miniaturist community.
  3. By seeking opportunities to publicize miniatures in the media and in Guild publications.

To Recognize and Honor Qualified Artisans and Encourage Work of Highest Quality

  1. Through review and selection of qualified members to be conferred with the status of Artisan.
  2. Through the granting of the status of Fellow to Artisans who have achieved excellence in their field.

To Encourage the Development of New Artisans

  1. Through the maintenance of the Guild School where skills can be improved and new techniques learned under the guidance of qualified instructors.

To Coordinate and Serve the Interests and Needs of the Artisan and Non-Artisan

  1. Through publication of "The Cube," the Guild newsletter.
  2. By creating an avenue of communication through participation in the committee work of the Guild where the needs of the artisan, collector and dealer can be expressed.
  3. By establishing a standard of consistent, professional and fair conduct by artisans and dealers.
  4. By increasing the understanding and appreciation of collectors for the unique skills and requirements of the miniaturist.


*Objectives extracted from the Constitution of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans as amended in February 1997.


Available for Download:

2017 Annual Meeting Minutes (pdf file)
2017-18 Annual Report (pdf file)
IGMA Constitution (pdf file)
IGMA Bylaws (pdf file)
Conflict of Interest Policy (pdf file)

Board of Trustees


President – Karon Cunningham
1st Vice-President – Julie Hagel
2nd Vice-President – Erin Carter
3rd Vice-President – Deb Mackie
Treasurer – Bev Gelfand
Recording Secretary – Deborah Weisler
Corresponding Secretary – Cindy Adams


Karon Cunningham
Diane DeGan
Julie Hagel
Tim Kraft
Deborah Weisler


Cindy Adams
Ruth Clay
Deb Mackie
Bill Studebaker
Kate Unver


Erin Carter
Natalia Frank
Bev Gelfand
Carol Kubrican
Tori West

Contact Information


Carol Hardy
Guild Administrator
P.O. Box 629
Freedom, CA 95019-0629
Tel: 1-800-711-IGMA
Tel (outside USA): 831-724-7974
Fax: 831-724-8605

Guild School

Barbara Davis
School Director
3485 North Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073-2211
Tel: (831) 464-4638

Guild Show Committee

Carol Block
Show Coordinator
PO Box 7523
Gilford, NH 03247-7523
Email: cblock1@metrocast.net
Phone: 617-347-4496

Annelle Ferguson

Pat Richards

Committee Chairs

Artisan Selection
Misty Barth

CUBE Editor
Bill Studebaker

Fellow Selection
Susan Robbins

Gallery of the Guild
Carol Block

Guild School Scholarship
Peggy Bugg

Natalia Frank

Cindy Adams

Guild Study Program Coordinator, Colonial Williamsburg
Bev Gelfand

Web Site
Elisabeth Roxby

Code of Conduct Befitting an Artist

All artists should hold themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct, respecting each other’s creativity, skills and unique place in the world of miniatures. The following guidelines and standards for artists were written by a group of IGMA Artisans and Fellows based on real situations which have arisen in the course of sharing their beautiful work with the world. These guidelines answer many questions about how they feel about their work being copied and outline their wishes as to how they would like their work to be respected, given those various situations.

Inspiring others is often a part of the artist’s mission and each new artist should use such inspiration to develop his or her own signature form of miniature art.

Artists who teach their techniques expect their students will go on to use those techniques in the process of creating work that is distinctly the students’ own.

No artist should take a class and then teach that same class, which offers the same techniques as the original, using another teacher’s written/visual materials or patterns without express written permission from the original teacher.

No artist should copy the work of another artist and offer it for sale. To do so is disrespectful of fellow artists and may negatively impact the collector and student base the original artist has worked hard to build up over the years.

Mere copying does not truly benefit the person who is doing it. Copying what you love is a good way to learn; but the goal of learning is to stretch yourself, and use what you have learned to take the next step. Ultimately, artists should develop work that expresses their own creative vision, and offers something new to collectors.

A wise artist will keep a record of the pieces they have made.

Artistic work is protected by international copyright law from the time of its creation.

All creators of tangible work have a legal right to protect that work, and to ask that others refrain from making copies for sale. This includes miniaturizing the work of any other artist or company; including, but not limited to, miniaturized art, product design, packaging, advertising, logos, etc. If one didn’t create the design, then one must ask permission to use it if it is not in the Public Domain.

Appearance of a work on the internet does not mean it is in the Public Domain. When a work has entered the Public Domain, it means that all copyrights on that work have expired. Copyrights are usually in force until at least 50 years after the death of the holder.

By holding ourselves to the highest standards, we demonstrate the kind of respect and support for our fellow artists which benefits the miniatures world in general.

This code is not intended to be legal advice. If you have questions you should consult a copyright attorney.

IGMA Copyright Policy

Copyright and other intellectual law principles provide protections to those who create writings, photographs, music and other forms of artful expression.

IGMA expects its members to conduct their business in an honorable and professional manner and to adhere to copyright laws and principles. We encourage members to use their creativity and artistry in their creations, and do not condone members’behavior and/or actions that copy or otherwise infringe on the rights of others.

The Guild will not act as judge and jury in such issues, as these are legal in nature and cannot be judged by IGMA. If it is found in a court of law that a member of the Guild has breached the copyright laws, then The Guild will have the right to revoke that membership as stated in IGMA bylaws, Article 1. Section B. 4.1