The AMAA @ UST constitutes one of the most comprehensive collections of Asmat art in the United States. Located on the St. Paul Campus it provides students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities with opportunities to learn about traditional and contemporary Asmat art and culture, as well as current challenges for the Asmat artists. Today economic, societial, and environmental issues influence art production in diverse ways.
The cultural diversity of the Pacific Islands is great, and includes the areas of Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia.
The University of St. Thomas Libraries have a wealth of information in print and online about the artists and their art. For a concise overview of the topic, head to Oxford Art Online for the introductory essay, "Pacific Islands."