Members of the Asian Art Society enjoy a Moon Viewing Party at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Asian Art Society

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

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Upcoming Events


Joint Salon with the Collectors Circle
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Time TBD
Birmingham Museum of Art

Joint salon with the Collectors Circle featuring a screening of a Middle Eastern Film, title to be announced soon.

Recent EventsAAS India

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.