The Asian Art Society was founded in 1975 and plays an integral role in supporting the Asian Art Department through acquisitions, workshops and symposia, lectures, and exhibitions. The group meets formally twice a year for lectures by outstanding scholars. Sponsored by the Asian Art Society, these lectures are free and open to the public. The group also hosts an annual spring reception for members and invited guests. Throughout the year, an informal Study Group meets over lunch to discuss a topic concerning Asian art. Travel opportunities to Asia, as well as to local and national events involving Asian art, are also a part of this support group’s mission.
$250 per member
$100 per junior member (under 40)
$50 per student member, with valid full-time student ID
Moon Viewing Party
September 28, 2015
6:00- 9:00 PM
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
On Monday, September 28, members of the Asian Art Society and the Botanical Gardens will enjoy a traditional Moon Viewing Party (Tsukimi) to celebrate the full harvest moon. There will be Japanese music performed by LaDonna Smith, pumpkin carving, ink painting, traditional foods (including Moon Cakes!), sake tasting, and many other fall activities.
Want to come? Join the Asian Art Society, the Botanical Gardens, or better yet – BOTH! For more information contact Bethany McClellan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 254-2567
Special Lecture with Paper Conservator
June 17, 2015
Birmingham Museum of Art Members Room
The BMA welcomes Dr. Sheila Siegler, DIC, FIIC, MAIC, who is currently a freelance paper conservator, lecturer, and science consultant. This is an event for members of BMA support groups only.
In her talk, Dr. Siegler will discuss what paper is and how it’s made; what deteriorates paper (light, humidity, insects, humans, and more); how to stop deterioration; and how to care for your collection at home, especially photographs.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring 1-2 works on paper from your personal collections. Dr. Siegler will comment on the condition of your works, as well as recommend treatments. Lunch will not be served at the event; however, we encourage you to meet your friends before or after the event for lunch in Oscar’s Café.
Asian Art Society Trip to India
December 21, 2014–January 5, 2015
Twenty-six members of the Indian Culture Society and the Asian Art Society spent Christmas and New Years in southern India. The group had an amazing time visiting temples, palaces, a game preserve (they even saw a tiger!), and watching skilled artists and artisans practicing their ancient crafts. The food, sights, and people were great. They are already looking forward to another trip to India soon!
Moon Viewing Party
October 9, 2014
6:00- 8:30 PM
Japanese Gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
At the 2014 Moon Viewing Party, the Asian Art Society and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens enjoyed specialty food and beverages, art activities, and traditional music in the Douglas Moore Cultural Pavilion located in the Japanese Gardens at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. See pictures from the event below.
Guests at the party also had the opportunity to compose their own haiku. How did they do? Read them all here
Private Reception and Tour of Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor
Sunday, June 29, 2014
The Asian Art Society gathered at the Museum on June 29 for a private tour of Lethal Beauty, the Museum’s newest exhibition. Following the tour, members enjoyed food and drinks at a reception in Oscar’s Cafe.