Support Group

Asian Art Society

$250 per member
$100 per junior member (under 40)
$50 per student member, with valid full-time student ID

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The Asian Art Society was founded in 1975 and plays an integral role in supporting the Asian Art Department through acquisitions, workshops, symposia, lectures, publications and exhibitions. Talks by outstanding scholars are sponsored by the group and are free and open to the public.  There are also special gatherings such as exhibition openings and an annual Moon Viewing party for members and invited guests. Throughout the year an informal Lunch and Learn group meets over lunch to discuss a topic concerning Asian art or a book the group has read. Travel opportunities to local and national events involving Asian art are also a part of this support group’s mission.


2017 Annual Moon Viewing Festival

On Thursday, October 5, the BMA’s Asian Art Society gathered with friends, old and new, to celebrate the mid-autumn harvest moon. With traditional music organized by Athena Chang, guests were entertained with performances by flautist Dr. Yiu-Fai Chen, Longquan Li

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Upcoming Events

Perfume Fountain

November 26 @ 2:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Emily Omura will lead a discussion on the Chinese porcelain perfume fountain in the Chinoiserie gallery.

Wood-Carved Figurines

November 30 @ 6:00 pm

Be inspired by traditional Japanese wood carving techniques for creating figurines. Learn about step-by-step processes that were used to create figurative sculptures, and create your own contemporary interpretation using similar wood carving techniques. No prior experience is necessary. All materials

Casting Ceramic Forms

December 2 @ 1:00 pm

The Weldon Exhibition includes a tiger pillow which is a cast ceramic form and was traditionally used in some Chinese homes to ward off evil and influence your dreams. Use a similar process to create your own contemporary interpretation of

Asian Art Society: Private Reception

December 6 @ 5:00 pm

Please join us for a meet and greet in the BMA Members Room with this year’s Weldon Lecturer, Elizabeth Hammer. Elizabeth is Senior Specialist in Chinese Paintings at Christie’s, and her talk will be on the state of the current Chinese

The Chinese Art Market: Status, Trends and Record Setting Prices

December 6 @ 6:00 pm

In conjunction with our new exhibition, Afterlife: Asian Art from the Weldon Collection, the BMA is proud to have guest speaker Elizabeth Hammer, Senior Specialist Head of Sales at Christie’s Auction House, visit us for a special lecture where she