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Events and Exhibitions


Colette Fu: We Are Tiger Dragon People
February 7 - March 16
Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts

Artist Talk and Opening Reception: February 7, 7 - 9 p.m.

Dynamic and dangerous, Colette Fu’s series of pop-up books, drawing on her tribal Chinese heritage and chronicling the 25 ethnic minorities of Yunnan Province, China, eliminate the boundaries between book, installation, photography, craft and sculpture. Guest Curator: Prof. Susan Isaacs
Curatorial Statement

Visitor Comments:

  • "Colette is an amazing artist. The event displayed her work wonderfully and I was excited to see her pop-up book in motion." -- Rebecca Showalter
  • "I loved the combination of photographs and books, as well as the cultural education. The photos are beautiful and the pop up presentation is very creative." -- Crystal Taylor
  • "The exhibit is definitely unique and visually engaging. It also does a great job of giving cultural tidbits of very complex cultures. It's also fun!" -- Brianna Parker
  • "Beautiful- intriguing diversity of peoples and traditions. Great mix of media too." -- Shana Gass

Workshop: Paper Arts by Colette Fu - A family activity
Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (2 sessions)

Join artist and photographer Colette Fu in an engaging hands-on workshop where participants will learn pop-up techniques and make a Snake New Year's card.. Fun for the whole family!

Participant Comments:

  • "Great program! Very interactive with skills we can apply to many other things." -- Jeanine Collins
  • "My child learned alot about the pop up cards as well as culture and art of China. Collette's works are amazing." -- Misao Mercadante
  • "Wonderful class with a variety of techniques." -- Allison Balcerak
  • "This is a very enriching program, our son enjoyed the craft."

Shadow Puppet Theatre: The Tiger Tales
Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m (two shows).; Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre

New York-based Chinese Theatre Works blends China's two thousand year history of shadow puppetry with new techniques in its award-winning Tiger Tales, based on popular Chinese folktales and literature.

Audience Comments:

      • "Creative, new presentation of an ancient tradition. Extremely entertaining with right dose of moral and education. Fun for my whole family! Loved it"! -- Liz Murray
  • " Great story telling. Give us an opportunity to understand Chinese Asian culture. Give our son a window to Chinese culture." -- Daniel Ku
  • "I loved when the kids joined into the story." -- Jennifer Roberts
  • "Extremely well done and I learned a lot." -- Donna Suwall

Passage from India: Works by Siona Benjamin & Maureen Drdak
April 4 - May 11
Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery
Artists Talk and Reception: Saturday, April 13, 2 - 4 p.

The exhibition features two global artists, Siona Benjamin and Maureen Drdak, both Fulbright Scholars in 2011. Guest curators: Kate Nearpass Ogden (Blue LIke Me) and John Gilmore Ford (The Flying Nagas)

Blue Like Me
Curatorial Statement

The Flying Nagas Curatorial Statement

Visitor Comments:

  • "Both artists' concepts were very well executed. The works were both visually appealing and intellectually challenging." -- Cassandra Baker
  • "Fantastic works! Both artists offer a unique interpretation on cultures previously unfamiliar to me. The harmonious pairing creates a wonderful context; communicating with both traditional/contemporary materials and themes!" -- Peter Eide
  • "A very startling exhibition. I felt pulled into each work. A fantastic representation of the artists involved." -- Lomond Johnson
  • "This exhibit was amazing! The artwork was so full of inspiration and thought provoking. I could have spent 15 min on each piece of art." -- Kathleen Haller

Color Me Blue: Dance Performance & Lecture
University Union PAWS
Friday, April 12, 8 p.m.

Artist Siona Benjamin collaborates with classical Indian dancers who assume the roles of characters in her work in a performance entitled: Rang de Nila (Color Me Blue). Presented in cooperation with Towson University Center for Student Diversity.

Audience Comments:

  • "absolutely great connection of mythology to modern issues and melding of cultures." -- Maia Meeron
  • "Very thrilling! Storytelling and Dance- a wonderful combination. Passionate, cultured, and spirited."
  • "Enjoyed and learned more about artist and interpretation of an artist work through dance."
  • "Very educational and inspirational. Enjoyed the aspect of diversity."

FALL 2013

Art Filipino: Works by Master Artists
September 14 - October 26, 2013
Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 2 - 4 p.m.

At the turn of the past century, up to the sixties and seventies, artists in the Philippines pioneered the modern art movement before their counterparts in other countries of Asia. Organized in cooperation with the Philippine Center in New York, this exhibition celebrates the remarkable advancement in Filipino identity through free and creative expressions of human experiences, embodied in these works of nationally recognized master artists.

Family Workshop: Filipino Parol Lanterns
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1 - 3 p.m.
Center for the Arts

A Filipino tradition during the Christmas season, the parol lantern symbolizes hope, peace, and the victory of light overcoming darkness. The star-shaped lantern with decorative tassels is made with bamboo and colorful Japanese paper, tissue paper, or cellophane. Bring the family to create your own Filipino parol, and don't wait for Christmas to display your bright lantern-- march with it at the annual Halloween Lantern Parade at Patterson Park.

ALASH: Throat Singing from Tuva
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8 p.m.
Pre-Concert Lecture/Demonstration, 7:30 p.m.

Stephens Hall Theatre

Tuvan throat singing is a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, the members of the acclaimed ensemble Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

Highlights from the Permanent Collection
November 14, 2013 - April 5, 2014
Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

A variety of Asian cultures are represented in this wide array of artifacts of ceramics, wood, jade and ivory carvings, bronzes, as well as paintings, textiles and prints, to inform and inspire public appreciation and academic interested. Curated by Brittany Nycum.



Asian Arts & Culture Center
Center for the Arts, Room 2037 (map)
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (during exhibitions)

Phone: 410-704-2807




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