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. For a list of dates with lectures for 2015-2016, click here. For a printable calendar of upcoming lectures, click here.
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.
Asian Objects Road Show
Wednesday, December 6th
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.,
Send for your ticket today!
Appraisers from Bonhams Auction House are coming to San Diego! Experts will give verbal appraisals of 2 Asian art objects so you can find out what your treasures are worth! $50 for AAC members, and $60 for non-members. The best deal of the season!
This is a fund raising project for the Asian Arts Council in support of the upcoming 2020 exhibition of Chinese paintings.
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.
Dues for FY18 were due in July, so those not paying dues will miss the November newsletter. 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.
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 Persian art. For a list of topics, click here.