Exhibits at the AARCThe AARC’s Community Art Exhibit Program displays artworks year round that celebrate the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage, history, identity and creativity of Asian American Pacific Islanders. Exhibits are displayed on a quarterly schedule.

New Spring 2022 Exhibits on View

The AARC’s Community Art Exhibit Program displays artworks year round that celebrate the diverse and dynamic cultural heritage, history, identity and creativity of Asian American Pacific Islanders.


Current Exhibits and Programs

Mr. Huang's Chinese Calligraphy

banner with mr. huang artwork

Observe a lifetime of artistic achievement by Chinese American artist Dongpo Huang.  The works in this exhibit demonstrate Mr. Huang’s mastery of Chinese Calligraphy and his pursuit of a spiritual connection with nature. 

Learn More: Mr. Huang's Calligraphy

Seeking Community - Asian American Belonging Within the Austin American-Statesman

Photographic image colored purple, featuring an Asian American man  leading a horse with a young boy dressed as a cowboy on the horse, in large font it says: Seeking Community

Photographer Lizzie Chen and Asian Pacific American Community Archivist Ayshea Khan are excited to present Seeking Community: Asian American Belonging within the Austin American-Statesman, a curated selection of photographs from the Austin American-Statesman Photographic Morgue collection housed at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Join us on October 28th, for the exhibit reception. RSVP to come. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date. 

 Visions of Asia: A Group Photo Exhibit - Coming Soon!

Depart on a visual journey to three distinct locations in Asia in this exhibit. Join three Central Texas Photographers as they chronicle their personal experience of the picturesque beauty of the scenery in Gulin, China; the vibrant urban energy of Chennai, India, and the religious rituals of devotees at the Ganges in Allahabad, India.

Learn more: Visions of Asia 

The 4th Annual Austin Veteran Arts Festival (AVAFEST 2022) - Open Call - CLOSED 

The AARC is participating in the 4th annual Austin Veteran Arts Festival. We're currently looking for digital submissions (2-D work or photos of 3-D work) from Asian American veterans. All visual artwork will be considered and must align with the AARC's mission, vision, and values. Learn more about applying: email aarc@austintexas.gov Learn more about AARC's Mission, Vision, and Values: www.austintexas.gov/aarc Visit the AVAFEST website: www.avafest.org

Update 9/29/22: Submission is closed 

Creative Highlights Video Series

A video series highlighting AARC Artists from this year's exhibition cycle. 

Loc Huynh

Kevin Luo

Sneha Sundaram

Peter Shen

Kamonchanok Phon-Ngam

Charlotte Faye

Nutthawut Siridejchai

Mr. Huang

 

Permanent and Semi-Permanent Installations

Lotus

Lotus by Sunyong Chung and Philippe Klinefelter, 2013
granite, handmade ceramic tiles


 

Lotus is a large site specific sculpture created by Art in Public Places commissioned artists Sunyong Chung and Philippe Klinefelter for the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), and is located in the entrance plaza overlooking heritage live oaks.

Chung created an intricate and lively 12’ diameter mosaic of a lotus, made of hand-colored and hand-crafted dimensional tiles, which Klinefelter surrounded with seven 9’ tall hand-carved granite “petals” gracefully reaching toward the sky. Klinefelter also carved the lotus’s seed pod at the center of the mosaic from granite, which doubles as a gently flowing fountain. According to feng shui principles, the placement of the fountain near the AARC entrance creates positive chi, or energy, for the building. The lotus, native to Asia, was chosen as inspiration for the sculpture because of its symbolic attributes of harmony, purification and healing.

Prayer Phone

Prayer Phone | Semi-Permanent Art Installation

Prayer Phone, a handmade altar with a disconnected phone, is an invitation to the public to “call” their deceased loved ones while giving offerings and prayers. This project reflects a common custom of many Asian traditions: commemorating ancestors and venerating the spirit world.

Two essential elements compose this installation. The old fashioned phone is a symbolic artifact that represents humanity’s desire to connect and communicate with others. Its historic form evokes passage of time. By contrast, the spiritual act of lighting incense symbolizes the following: sacredness when the element of air is ignited, purification of the environment’s energy, and blessings in return for offerings. These two elements combine to help connect the earthly to the heavens.

This project is inspired by an episode of This American Life featuring stories about Telephone of the Wind in Otsuchi Town, a small seaside town in northeastern Japan. An iconic English telephone phone booth connected to nowhere was repurposed, and people began “calling” family members lost during the tsunami caused by the 2011 Great Japan Earthquake. Telephone of the Wind became a public space for people to grieve for their lost loved ones. In response, Prayer Phone shares in the deep tradition of respecting spirits and coexisting with entities beyond the physical realm, as well as providing a physical space and an outlet to feel connected with the departed.

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Past Exhibits

Past 2021 - 2022 Exhibits

A Sari Draped World 

ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19 Featuring Lizzie Chen and Kengo

CẢM ƠN MẸ

Filipino-American Navy

Lost Between.

MINDSET

Out of Service

Sweet and Sour

Tradition's Rebirth in Modern Austin

Thank You Enjoy

Past AARC Exhibits

A River Across East and West

Colonized Women: Reclaiming Our Indigenous Roots

Colors of Life

Courage To Be

Duality and Doko

Everything That Matters

Gingko Walk

Heritage

Inter/sected

Kingdom Arts

Let the Colors Speak

Perlas ng Austin (The Pearls of Austin): A Celebration of the Central Texas Filipino Community Digital Exhibit

Pink Lotus

Pioneer Painter

Reinventions, A Senior Art Show

Shen’s Precious Clocks and Watches

Storied & Pop Japan


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