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Niu Born sculpture by Lilo Tauvao


Carrying the Pacific: Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenthood

Guest Co-Curator: Stevie Merino

July 20  – December 31, 2019


This exhibit is the first of its kind that centers on Pacific Islanders birthing traditions, experiences, and voices. Hear from culture-bearers. See works by Pacific Islander contemporary artists and traditional arts from the permanent collection.


“This exhibit will also highlight the very real disparities Pacific Islanders face in maternal & infant health – which is largely ignored because Pacific Islanders are often grouped with and as Asians. We are not too small to count – we are people with unique legacies, traditions, cultures, and needs. We are enough.”, says guest co-curator Stevie Merino.



Stay tuned!



Island Ink: Tattoo Traditions of the Pacific

Guest Curator: Tricia Allen

August 25, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Fa'a Sāmoa: The Samoan Way

The Falana'i and Lisa Papadakis Ala Collection

January 6 – June 4, 2017


Becoming PIEAM: From Collection to Museum

April 29 – December 30, 2016


Marks of the Ancestors: Tattoo Traditions of the Pacific

Guest Curator: Tricia Allen

October 17, 2015 – April 17, 2016


PIKO: Pacific Islander Contemporary Art

Guest Curator: Dan Taulapapa McMullin

January 10 – July 5, 2015


Out of Taiwan: Shared Connections in the Pacific

Photographs by Danee Hazama

Guest Co-Curator: Wennifer Lin-Haver

October 26, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Island Where | Community Exhibit
June 6, 2013 – October 20, 2013

​‘Aikona: A Solo Art Show by ‘Amelia Niumeitolu

February 2, 2013 – June 2, 2013​


Faces of Ceremony | Community Exhibit

September 16, 2011 – December 2, 2012


Walk-In | Community Exhibit
October 15, 2010 – September 11, 2011

Legend of Ngkeklau, storyboard, Belau  Robert Gumbiner Collection

The storyboard is an art form that echoes the rich cultural heritage of the people of Belau (Palau) in the Western Caroline Islands of Micronesia. For centuries, Palauans have embellished the inside and outside of their meeting houses, called bai, with carved wooden planks and tie beams telling the legends, myths, and histories of their islands. Traditionally the story artwork was an integral part of the bai architecture which also serves the dual purpose of  teaching social values to the people. 

Throughout the Pacific, islanders are making the ultimate commitment to their cultural heritage and embedding it in their skin. Oftentimes, the designs follow the norms set centuries ago, but both culture and art are dynamic and ever-evolving. The tattoos of today exhibit great creativity commonly referencing the old style while simultaneously representing the modern day individual. The Pacific style has gained popularity worldwide and has influenced artists everywhere. The art work represented here includes artists from all reaches of the world.

Paitangi Ostick photographed by Tricia Allen