• 1970s
    The building of The International Academy of Art Palestine is known as “Aref Al Aref house” which belonged to a well-known Palestinian historian Aref Al – Aref up until the late 70s.
  • 1979
    The building was turned into the first art gallery in the West Bank, “gallery 79” which was named after the year of its establishment. The Gallery was closed down by the Israeli Army and then serve as an unofficial artist space and residence for many years.
  • 1997
    The building housed the Department of Visual Arts of the first Palestinian Ministry of Culture.
  • 2002
    Norwegian artist Henrik Placht visited Palestine to discuss with Palestinian artists and cultural institutions the possibility of opening an art Academy in Ramallah. Dr. Musleih Kaneneh, professor of Social Studies at Birzeit University was the main facilitator between the Palestinian artists and the Norwegians.
  • 2004
    The Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art (PACA) was established by a number of prominent Palestinian artists including Sulieman Mansour, Nabil Anani and Tayseer Barakat with the main aim of promoting contemporary visual culture through the means of art education.
  • 2006
    The International Academy of Art, Palestine was established following an agreement signed between PACA and The Oslo National Academy of the Arts with the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • 2011
    First group of students graduated from IAAP with a BA degree from the Oslo Academy of Fine Arts (KHIO).