Jordan Wright (1958-2008)

It is with great sadness that we inform our members of the untimely and sudden death of Jordan Wright, publisher of the Pacific Arts Association Journal.  Beginning in 2006, Jordan revived our publication and with his staff helped us produce seven issues. His enthusiasm and commitment to the Pacific Arts Association was intertwined with his love for the arts and cultures of Oceania.  We deeply mourn his passing and send our condolences to his family.

Wright was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 26, 1958. Son of artist Faith-dorian and Martin Wright, important collectors of tribal arts, he became an energetic art collector himself. His passion for Oceanic art was reflected in his trip to New Guinea to take photographs that were then exhibited in several museums.

Starting in 2005, he helped revive the Pacific Arts Journal, the scholarly journal that had ceased publication. Mr. Wright was instrumental in developing a new format for the publication and generating critical ad sales for it. For more information on the status Pacific Art, Journal of the PAA, please visit

In January of this year, Wright published Campaigning for President. At the time of his untimely demise on May 11 at the age of 50, he was working on his next project, creating the Museum of Democracy. [With thanks to Douglas Martin for source obituary in the New York Times, June 1, 08]