About the pacific arts association

pacific arts association / PAA

The Pacific Arts Association (PAA), founded in 1974 and established as an association in 1978, is an international organization devoted to the study of all the arts of Oceania. PAA provides a forum for dialogue and awareness about Pacific art and culture. By connecting individuals and institutions around the world, PAA encourages greater cooperation among those who are involved with the creation, study, and exhibition of Pacific art.

The peer-reviewed Pacific Arts journal features current research and reviews. The PAA newsletter provides timely information about important events to members. PAA’s triennial International Symposium takes place in alternating venues across the globe and includes special tours, performances, exhibitions, and presentations of academic and artistic research on the arts of Oceania. Members have the opportunity to meet and participate in a PAA-sponsored session at the College Art Association annual meeting. PAA-Europe holds a meeting in Europe annually.

Our goals are:

  • To make members more aware of the state of all the arts in all parts of Oceania.
  • To encourage international understanding among the nations involved in the arts of Oceania.
  • To promote high standards of research, interpretation and reporting on the arts of Oceania.
  • To stimulate more interest in the teaching of courses on Oceanic art especially but not only at the tertiary educational level.
  • To encourage greater cooperation among the institutions and individuals who are associated with the arts of Oceania.
  • To encourage high standards of conservation and preservation of the material culture in and of Oceanic arts.


PAA Executive Committee
Karen Stevenson Email

Anne D’Alleva

Caroline Vercoe
Stacy Kamehiro
Jacqueline Charles-Rault

Crispin Howarth

Bernida Webb-Binder

PAA Europe executive committee
Wonu Veys
Anita Herle
Dorothea Deterts
Roberta Colombo