Programs & Exhibitions

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Karaoke: Asia's Global Sensation

Exhibition: Karaoke | Asia's Global Sensation

FEBRUARY 13 - MAY 13, ASIAN ARTS GALLERY, CA 2037, CENTER FOR THE ARTS.  Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Experience the art, culture and Asian roots of karaoke through an interactive gallery installation that explores the diversity and commonalities of karaoke customs on a local and global scale. Learn about karaoke in various Maryland communities and gain insight into this rich worldwide phenomenon. Admission is free. Gallery Hours during exhibition: Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed for Spring Break, March 19 - 26.

Byrd McDaniel, karaoke scholar at Brown University

Panel Discussion: Karaoke | Global Technology, Local Practice

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 6:30 p.m., HAROLD J. KAPLAN CONCERT HALL, CA 3042, CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Explore questions large and small about karaoke with local karaoke DJs (KJs) and Byrd McDaniel (left), karaoke scholar at Brown University. What makes for a good performance? How have different communities adopted and adapted karaoke to make it their own? Admission is free. Panel discussion will be followed by an opening reception.

Roya Bahrami

Lecture Demonstration: Natural Fusion | The Music of Ancient Persia and the Spanish Flamenco

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 3:15 P.M., RECITAL HALL, CA 3066, CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Join Roya Bahrami for an exploration of the perfect synthesis of the music of ancient Persia and Spanish flamenco. Learn about the long historical relationship between these traditions and more.  Admission is free.

Continuing Programs

Cambodian musician Sovann Chum works with TU music students during the Cambodian Classical Music Workshop in Fall 2015.

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural Connection

This ongoing project highlights exhibitions, performances, workshops, artist residencies, and online resources featuring local Asian arts and culture in Maryland communities . It also incorporates The Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project, an interdisciplinary studies course combining ethnography and oral history to explore, understand and document Asian arts and culture in Maryland. Student research informs Center programming. In fall 2015, we initiated the “Connection” with an exhibition, performances, workshops and family days introducing local audiences to the living Khmer art and culture in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project

Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project

The Asia in Maryland (AIM) Cultural History Project (IDFA 480/580 Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Special Topics Seminar) is an interdisciplinary studies course in Towson University’s College of Fine Arts & Communication. This course combines ethnography and oral history to explore, understand and document Asian arts and culture in Maryland. Students identify their own research topic and conduct independent research with guidance from the instructors throughout the semester.  Topics can include art, music, dance, theater, foodways, costumes, healing arts, martial arts and more. Students create a portfolio of their research as a culminating project at the end of the semester. Student projects will be used in programs at the Asian Arts & Culture Center.

Read about the topics students researched in Spring 2016.

Family Art Day

Family Art Days

The AA&CC collaborates every semester with TU’s Community Art Center to engage families in experiencing and making art through drop-in art activities, performances, interactive gallery experiences, and story time.

Past Events

FALL 2016

Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday

Exhibition: Chinese Folk Pottery | The Art of the Everyday

September 8 - December 10, Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts.  Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:30 - 9 p.m. Encounter a range of precious folk ceramics created by diverse communities in China, including Tibetan, Dai, Miao, Bai, and Han potters. Explore some of the challenges faced by these artists, their practices and traditional techniques as the demand for traditional wares steadily declines in tandem with China's rapid modernization. This exhibition was organized and curated by Marie Woo, Susanne Stephenson, and John Stephenson. Admission is free. Gallery Hours during exhibition: Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed for Thanksgiving Break, November 23 - 27.


Baltimore Collects: The Collector's Perspective panel discussion

Panel Discussion: Baltimore Collects | The Collector's Perspective

Sunday, September 25, 3 p.m. Center for the Arts Recital Hall.  Nationally recognized art collectors from the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan region discuss their personal histories in collecting Asian art and sharing their collections among educational and cultural institutions to benefit the community. Panelists: Stephen Fisher (Japanese cloisonné enamels), John and Berthe Ford (South Asian Art), David Rehfuss (Vietnamese ceramics). 

Members Event

Tea & Dim Sum Reception, Sunday, September 25, 4:30 - 6 p.m., Center for the Arts Atrium. By invitation only for AA&CC current members of the Crane Club, Tiger Society, Phoenix Circle, Dragon Circle, Jade Circle, and special guests. RSVP required. 

Inspired by Tradition: China's Precious Folk Pottery

Educator Workshop: Inspired by Tradition | China's Precious Folk Pottery

Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Center for the Arts.  Increase your appreciation for Asian cultural traditions, while preparing to share your discoveries with your students. Visit the Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday exhibition and join curators, scholars, and museum educators in examining fantastic functional objects, architectural elements, and decoration as well as global forces that effect artistic practice and cultural identity. Craft lesson plans to bring back to your school. Co-sponsored with TU's departments of History and Asian Studies and with the Mid-Atlantic Region-Association for Asian Studies (MAR-AAS). Possibility of 1/2 credit of Continuing Professional Development is currently under review by MSDE.


Mystical Arts of Tibet, Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

Schedule of Events

  • Monday, 10/31
    12 - 6 p.m.
    Sand Mandala Painting Demonstration; Opening Ceremony at Noon (University Union 2nd Floor Lobby)
    7 - 8 p.m. Lecture #1: The Ancient Art of Healing: The Tibetan Buddhist Approach (UU Potomac Lounge)
  • Tuesday, 11/1
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
     Sand Mandala Painting Demonstration (UU 2nd Floor Lobby)
    7 - 8 p.m. Lecture #2: Tibet Today: The History of a Diaspora (UU Potomac Lounge)
  • Wednesday, 11/2
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sand Mandala Painting Demonstration (UU 2nd Floor Lobby)
    7 - 8 p.m. Lecture #3: Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness (Lecture Hall, LH 0238)
  • Thursday, 11/3
    10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
    Sand Mandala Painting Demonstration; Closing Ceremony at Noon (UU 2nd Floor Lobby)
Family Art Day

Family Art Day

Saturday, November 5, Noon - 4 p.m. Center for the Arts Atrium and Galleries. Think, make and live art through drop-in art activities, interactive gallery experiences, and story time, all inspired by current exhibitions. Visitors of all ages welcome! Co-presented with TU Community Art Center.

Minyao | Wares of the People

Lecture: Minyao | Wares of the People

Sunday, November 6, 2 p.m., Art Lecture Hall, CA 2032. Exhibition curator and ceramic artist, Marie Woo, introduces and discusses minyao, Chinese folk pottery. These locally-made wares fired in private kilns reflect the diversity of ethnic communities throughout China. Woo is an artist whose ceramic work bridges Asian and Western traditions. She has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Washington and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Woo was awarded an H. Rackham grant to Japan where she worked in Bizen with Toyo Kaneshige, considered a Japanese Living National Treasure. Woo's work is found in the permanent collections of the Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, China; the Mikhina Institute of Art Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; the Incheon Ceramic Museum, Korea; the Shigaraki International Ceramic Museum, Everson Museum, Syracuse, N.Y. and locally at the Detroit Institute of Art.

Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday exhibition

Curatorial Gallery Talks:  Marie Woo | Chinese Folk Pottery

Monday, November 7, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Center for the Arts Asian Art Gallery Join Marie Woo, curator of the exhibition, Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday, for a talk exploring the diversity of contemporary ceramics from China on view in the Asian Arts Gallery. Woo will also share her experiences documenting Chinese folk pottery with grants from the Asian Cultural Council and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Detail of a roof sculpture from the exhibition Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday

Workshop: Earthy Expressions | Making Everyday Objects with Clay

Thursday, November 10, 6:30 p.m., Asian Arts Gallery and Ceramic Studio. Join TU Visiting Assistant Professor and local potter, Richard Holt, in exploring objects on view in the Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday exhibit in the Asian Arts Gallery.  Learn how some of the pieces were made and create your own work inspired by the exhibition. Get re-energized with Chinese refreshments. No experience necessary. FREE for TU students with valid OneCard, $5 AA&CC members and non-TU students with valid ID, $10 regular price. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Co-presented with the Towson University Department of Art.