Now in its third year, as the founder of the Platinum Pias Awards I sometimes get asked why PIA? Does PIA stand for something? Yes, PIA is an acronym. A PIA is awarded for outstanding achievement in building communication. And many of the nominees annually are communicators and achievers in various vocations. For example, there is an article on hair stylists and their management who have been nominated for PIAs. So what does the acronym stand for? Public Internet Artist.