Toe Fo'i: The Return 

Guest Curator: Kiki Rivera

March 20-August 21, 2022


Guest Cultural Practitioner: Dakota Camacho

September 30, 2021–February 20, 2022


ALA MAI: An Awakening of Mental Health Awareness

Artist-in-Residence/Co-Curator: JP (Jason Pereira) 

May 1, 2021 – September 22, 2021

Guma' Gela': House of Existence

August 2020 – April 2021


January 11 – August 14, 2020

Carrying the Pacific: Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenthood

Guest Co-Curator: Stevie Merino

July 20, 2019  – December 31, 2019

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, 2017 – June 4, 2017


Becoming PIEAM: From Collection to Museum

April 29, 2016 – 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, 2015 – 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



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