Asian Art Society

Founded in 1975, the Asian Art Society (AAS) aims to cultivate greater interest in the IMA through the Museum’s renowned collection of Asian Art. Members of the AAS support the IMA‘s Asian art collection by assisting in the selection and acquisition of new works of art for the Asian Art Department and co-sponsoring dinners and lectures with prominent art collectors, historians, and dealers. Events hosted by the AAS have included lectures on such topics as Life and Art in the Ming Dynasty, Japanese Screens, The Art of Kabuki, and many more. The AAS is led by a Board of Directors and is advised by John Teramoto, Curator of Asian Art and a Museum Affiliate liaison.

Upcoming Events

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Stories behind the IMA's Asian Art Collection

Dr. James Robinson, IMA curator emeritus of Asian Art
Thursday, October 2 | 7 pm | FREE | Tobias Theater
AAS reception to follow in the Fountain Room

Jim Robinson has had a broad and deep association with the Indianapolis Museum of Art for 35 years, beginning in 1979 as Assistant Curator of Oriental art. From 1984 to 2009 he was the Jane Weldon Myers Curator of Asian Art. In addition, from 2001 to 2004 he was Curatorial Division Chair for the IMA. Since 2009, he has been the Jane Weldon Myers Curator Emeritus. During his tenure as curator of Asian Art, Robinson managed the acquisition of two magnificent collections of paintings. The first was a collection of almost 80 paintings from the Japanese Edo period acquired in 2000. The second was a purchase in 2004 of Chinese paintings which complemented the existing Lilly collection.

Dr. Robinson holds a MA and PhD in Chinese art history from the University of Michigan. He has been the curator of numerous exhibitions and contributed articles to exhibition catalogues and journals.

AAS Day Trip to Bloomington

Sunday, October 19
Talk on Buddhist art by Tibetan High Lama Arjia Rinpoche
1 pm | FREE
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, followed by a tour of the center.
Reception at Indiana University Art Museum
3 pm | FREE
Brush Ink Paper: Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas Kuebler.

View images from past AAS events on Flickr.

2014-2015 Board Officers

Nancy Inui, President
Niels Lyster, Treasurer
Florence Pauly, Secretary
Marni Fechtman, Membership
Marcia Krieg, Member at Large
Carol Stoup, Member at Large
Jane Nolan, Member at Large
Gordon Winter, Ex-officio

AAS Membership Dues

Become a member of the AAS today! In order to be eligible for membership in the AAS, you must be an IMA member.

$50 individual
$75 dual/couple
$75 individual patron
$125 dual/couple patron

All but $25 of membership dues go toward the AAS Accession Fund.

Please make checks payable to the Asian Art Society – IMA and mail to:
IMA/Affiliate Support
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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