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Asian Art Council

The Asian Art Council supports the Department of Asian Art of the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses one of the major U.S. collections of Asian art from Japan, China, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, and the Islamic world.

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. In addition, the AAC provides financial support to the Department of Asian Art for the acquisition and preservation of Asian art.

Past events hosted by the AAC include lectures on such diverse topics as Iconoclasm in Afghanistan, Digitizing Chinese Art, Japanese Shrines, Korean Ceramics, and South Indian Murals; Bamboo Basket Making, and Ikebana and Chinese Ink Painting. Patron-level members receive exclusive access to small curator-led tours, conversations, and travel.


The Asian Art Council cordially invites you to join at one of the following membership levels:

Patron Levels

Gold ($5,000)
Gold-level patrons of the Asian Art Council provide the highest level of philanthropy to the AAC. This contribution provides critical financial support for the purchase of Asian art. Gold patrons enjoy:

  • All Silver-level benefits
  • Select opportunities to travel with curators to international destinations, such as Asia Week in London
  • Invitations for exclusive engagement with the museum director
  • Special opportunities to view and understand the permanent collection, interact with visiting scholars and artists, and visit exhibitions and private collections

Silver ($2,500)
Silver-level patrons enjoy:

  • All Bronze-level benefits
  • Special opportunities to engage with the chair and curators of the Department of Asian Art
  • Access to exclusive domestic travel opportunities with curators, such as Asia Week in New York City and trips to museum exhibitions
  • Special access to local private collections and exhibitions

Bronze ($750)
Bronze-level patrons enjoy:

  • All Family-level benefits
  • Special access to curators of select Asian art exhibitions at the Art Institute
  • Opportunities to gather with other patrons for special occasions
  • Curator-led excursions to Chicago-area Asian art exhibitions
  • Patron-level listing in theAsian Art Council Newsletter

Standard Membership Levels
Family ($300)
Family-level members enjoy:

  • All individual-level benefits
  • Special access to select Art Institute exhibitions of Asian art
  • Opportunities to bring a guest/spouse to any program at the discounted member price

Individual ($150)
Individual-level members enjoy:

  • Invitation to the Asian Art Council’s annual meeting in May and annual member-appreciation program in September
  • Invitation to member lectures, special exhibition events, and Asian Art Council programs, including Encounters with Asia, the annual lecture series focused on in-depth explorations of Asian art and culture
  • Complimentary subscription to the Asian Art Council Newsletter

Read our biannual newsletter: Spring 2017


Ann Grube

Vice Presidents

Arjun Aggarwal
Heather Black
Gay-Young Cho
Patricia Erens
Charles Harper


Diane Levy


James Roche


Jack Beem
Frances Blair
Lisa Cavanaugh
Nancie Dunn
Merle Gordon
Susan Higinbotham
Richard Horwood
Barbara Levy Kipper
Diane Levy
Casey Maciasz
H. George Mann
Charles H. Mottier
Betty Seid
Kay Torshen
Katherine Tsiang
Diane Weinberg

Honorary Directors

Marilynn Alsdorf 
Thomas and Margot Pritzker
Roger Weston


Suzie Oppenheimer