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

Eivor and Alston Callahan Lecture: India’s Post-Partition Identity and the Cinematic Image with Dr. Cathleen Cummings
March 5, 2016
6:00- 7:00 PM
BMA Steiner Auditorium

Exhibition Opening: All The Colors of the Rainbow: Uzbekistan Ikats from the Collection of Peggy Slappey
March 17, 2016
6:00- 8:00 PM
BMA 8th Avenue Lobby

Shiva Welcome party
April 10, 2016
2:00-4:00 PM
BMA Red Mountain Garden Club Memorial Garden

Join the Asian Art Society and Indian Cultural Society to celebrate the installation of our new sculpture of Shiva, the Lord of Dance (Shiva Nataraja). There will be a traditional Hindu blessing, comments and light refreshments.

Please RSVP to Bethany McClellan at or 205-254-2567.

Recent Events

Moon Viewing Party
September 28, 2015
6:00- 9:00 PM
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

We are sorry to announce that this year’s Moon Viewing Party, originally scheduled for September 28, is cancelled. The event is cancelled due to rain.

The event will not be re-scheduled. Please look for details about the event next year, and we will hope for better weather then!

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we look forward to seeing you at the Museum again soon.

Special Lecture with Paper Conservator
June 17, 2015
12:00 PM
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 

AAS India

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.