Exhibits at the AARC

AARC Exhibits

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. Exhibits are displayed on a quarterly schedule.

 

2023 AARC Open Call for Artists

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The Asian American Resource Center (AARC) proudly presents its 2023 Open Call For Artists. The goal of collaborating with the Asian American Resource Center is to acknowledge our cultures and histories, to recognize our interconnectedness with ourselves and other communities of color, to build relationships and co-create, to connect through stories, and to celebrate our intersectional identities and cultures, as well as creating spaces of belonging and healing for Asian/Asian American communities in Austin and beyond. The AARC invites artists working in a variety of media to submit an application for select slots in our 2023 Exhibition Calendar. Applications will be reviewed under an independent panel. The top applicants will be chosen for exhibitions at the Asian American Resource Center. The top ten percent of artists will be further considered for additional exhibition opportunities.

Apply by January 22, 2023 with our AARC 2023 Open Call Application

 

New Spring/Summer 2023 Exhibits on View


Current Exhibits and Programs

Bridging the Seas exhibit banner in white font with seafoam green background

Straddling the distance between Austin, TX and Pune, India, Bridging the Seas is a collaborative exhibition showcasing work by the artists Supriya Kharod, Rama Tiru, Mithu Deb, and Manasi Joshi. Bridging the Seas represents the collective embrace of cross-cultural heritage, intersectional identity, and the transitory experience of Indian artists living and working in Austin, TX.

Bridging the Seas will be available to the public from January 23rd to April 1st, 2023 at the AARC.

Visit the Bridging the Seas webpage for more information including images of the artwork and artist bios. 

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

AVAFest 2022

CẢM ƠN MẸ

Filipino-American Navy

Lost Between.

MINDSET

 Mr. Huang's Calligraphy

Out of Service

Sweet and Sour

Seeking Community

Tradition's Rebirth in Modern Austin

Thank You Enjoy

Visions of Asia

Creative Highlights Video Series

Loc Huynh

Kevin Luo

Sneha Sundaram

Peter Shen

Kamonchanok Phon-Ngam

Charlotte Faye

Nutthawut Siridejchai

Mr. Huang

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