Of the holdings of the Museum’s permanent collection, almost 50% consists of Asian objects spanning many cultures, historical periods and media. The ongoing gallery rotations from the permanent collection, coupled with periodic special exhibitions, offer a rich, stimulating and diverse visual experience for members, visitors and guests.
Proudly opened in February, 2012. The Art of East Asia features works from Japan, China and Korea arranged in five distinctive gallery settings.
Paintings from the esteemed Edwin Binney 3rd Collection are featured in a new gallery that opened in January, 2017, in the back of the Museum's West Wing.
These meetings feature distinguished speakers with expertise on a wide range of topics related to Asian art. We meet on the last Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Museum Boardroom with the exception of November and December. Enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner in November and join us for the Heritage Luncheon and Silent Auction in December. The meetings are free for AAC members and only $10 for Museum members and $12 for non-Museum members. Students may attend for $8.
Members receive a subscription to the
monthly Asian Arts Council newsletter.
To receive a free copy, email for information.
The Asian Arts Council has played a significant role in the history of the Museum by providing funding in support of research, education and conservation. We support curatorial efforts by bringing scholars to the Museum who share their expertise with museum staff and with us at our monthly meetings. In addition to research and education, ensuring the safety and the future of objects in the collection through conservation and restoration is a special focus of our annual membership renewal appeal and our conservation fund. To learn more about how we do it and what we’ve done, visit the Giving Back page.
Dues for FY20 are due in July. We are grateful for those who continue to support the San Diego Museum of Art's Asian Art Council.
Curious about Asian Art? Visit our membership page for the great benefits we offer. It’s $50 for an individual membership.
Asian Art Curator
Diana Chou, Ph.D., resigned from her position as Associate Curator of Asian Art in September, 2018. Diana joined the Museum staff at the end of June, 2016 and during her tenure contributed to the promotion of East and South Asian art through important gallery rotations. In April, 2017 she curated Modern Japan, a well received exhibition of Shin Hanga (New Prints) and Sosaku Hanga (Creative Prints) to showcase works from the Museum's collection of East Asian Art. This year, Diana renovated the Chinese and Japanese galleries which are now on view. Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Education, Anita Feldman, will update the AAC Board in October on plans for a new Curator and the future of the 2020 Chinese Painting exhibition which Diana planned to open late in 2019. AAC donated funds for conservation of Chinese paintings for the exhibition.
Meets on the third Monday of each month, except for January and February when the Board meets on the second Monday due to the holidays. There is no meeting in December. The all-volunteer Board serves a two year term with Committee Chairs serving, hopefully, forever. Meetings are open to members. For a list of current officers and committee chairs, click here. For more information, please contact us. To see a calendar, click the link.
AAC members have an opportunity for in depth research on a theme chosen each year by the group. Study group meets on the third Monday of the month in the Museum’s Boardroom at 10:00 a.m. to hear presentations by its members. (January and February meetings are held on the second Mondays due to holidays, and no meeting in December). The 2016-2017 theme is Interactions with Asian Art:
Mutual Influences and Curious Connections. For a list of topics, click here.