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.

Upcoming Events

Annual Wine and Cheese

January 28 @ 2:00 pm

Join the Indian Cultural Society for our annual member event. This year, we’ll hear about some exciting “new discoveries” in India from UAB Associate Professor of Art History Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., and enjoy a special tour of Afterlife: Asian Art

Callahan Lecture: Dr. John Syller

March 3 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Dr. John Seyller, an art historian from the University of Vermont, who will give a lecture entitled, In Pursuit of Excellence: The Art of ‘Abd al-Karim, Master Painter of Bijapur.

Holi Festival

March 10 @ 11:00 am

Join us for the eighth annual Holi Festival, the Indian celebration of color. Enjoy traditional music, food, storytelling, art-making, and a special performance of classical Indian and Bollywood style dancing. The highlight of the celebration involves the throwing of powdered


March 11 @ 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, Docent Margaret Harrill will lead a discussion on Guanyin in the Chinese gallery.

Asia Week New York

March 19

Asia Week New York is an annual ten-day celebration of Asian art throughout metropolitan New York, with non-stop exhibitions, auctions, and special events presented by leading international Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and cultural institutions. AAS


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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