The Asian Art Council (AAC) acts as a forum for education and discussion about Asian art—from ancient to modern—through lectures, demonstrations, gallery walks, and visits to private collections. The AAC biannual newsletter provides information about events and Asian art across the country. Through dues and fundraising functions, the AAC provides financial support to the department for acquisitions of Asian art objects. Additionally, members are able to give their voices to the selection of these objects at the Annual Meeting.

Events hosted by the AAC have included lectures on such topics as Indian Art in the Era of Globalization, Great Shrines of Iran, American Collectors of Asian Art, Kangxi Porcelain; demonstrations of the Japanese arts of bamboo basket making and ikebana; visits to private collections of Asian objects such as Southeast Asian ceramics and bronzes, Chinese jades, and Japanese paintings; and curator-led travel to museums and collections in other cities.


The Asian Art Council invites you to join our group, though you must be a member of the museum. If you are already a member of the museum, call (312) 443-7282. If you're not a member of the museum, you can join online.

Membership Levels

Patron Levels

  • Gold $5,000
  • Silver $2,500
  • Bronze $750

Standard Membership

  • Family $300
  • Individual $150

Please call (312) 443-7282 for current membership level benefits.