About the Asian Arts & Culture Center
The Asian Arts & Culture Center was established in 1971 when local businessman Frank
Roberts donated his collection of Chinese and Japanese ivory sculptures to the university.
In the same year, a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
supplemented Mr. Roberts’ gift and enabled the center to purchase additional works
of art. The Roberts’ gift prompted many other collectors to make art donations to
Learn more about the approximately 600 art objects, both historic and contemporary, from China,
Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Tibet, and other Asian countries.