The Asian Art Council (AAC) is a support organization for the Department of Asian Art of the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses one of the major US 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. 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, simply send in our AAC membership form. If you're not a member of the museum, you can join online.
Student $10 Individual $125 Family $180 Lapis Circle $375* Lacquer Circle $600* Jade Circle $1250* Gold Circle $3000*
*These levels provide access to an additional, curator-designated event.
Marilynn Alsdorf Margot Pritkzer Thomas Pritkzer Roger L. Weston
Charles H. Mottier
Heather Black Edward Horner H. George Mann Betty Seid
Marion Wood Covey
James C. Roche
Jack Beem Heather Black Frances Blair Lisa Cavanaugh Marion Wood Covey Nancie Dunn Patricia Erens Ann Grube Susan Higinbotham Edward Horner Richard Horwood Barbara Kipper Diane Levy Edmund J. Lewis H. George Mann Charles H. Mottier Richard Pegg James C. Roche Betty Seid Allen R. Smart James M. Trapp Katherine Tsiang Karen Wilder Daniel S. Walker, Edward J. Lewis, ex officio
16 hours 39 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago We are thrilled to welcome internationally recognized Chinese art scholar Tao Wang as the Pritzker Chair of the Department of Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art, as the department aggressively seeks to expand the reach and raise the profile of our Asian collections and programs.
“I am thrilled to join such a storied institution,” said Wang. “This is an exciting time in the field of Asian art, and I look forward to using my knowledge and connections to enhance the Art Institute’s already distinguished collection of Asian art, as well as to promote its research in this area.”