Dr. Katherine Anne Paul Named Curator of Asian Art

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Katherine Anne Paul as Curator of Asian Art. She’ll oversee a permanent collection of approximately 4,000 works from diverse cultures throughout Asia.


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Honoring an Expert

The BMA recently acquired five rare original drawings attributed to the Japanese painter and print designer Kamisaka Sekka, which were purchased by the Museum to honor Dr. Donald A. Wood.

What’s Up at the BMA: Guanyin

Although images of Guanyin were very popular in Ming dynasty China, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has the only other sculpture similar to this one, so it’s certainly something you don’t want to miss.

The Qilin

In Chinese mythology, the Qilin appears only at the impending arrival or passing of a sage or a great ruler. The animal is a good omen thought to predict prosperity and peace.

Tribute to Don Wood

After more than 30 years as Curator of Asian Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Dr. Donald A. Wood retired on December 29, 2017.