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.
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
- Sweet and Sour
This exhibition features ceramic artists from Austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio who considered how ceramic forms from sculptures to functional wares can tell their individual stories of self-care. Curated by Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Sweet and Sour features the works of Mandy Wang, Kym Owens, Kim Le, Shika Joshi, Yuli Chang, and Davyn Ladera.
Learn more about Sweet and Sour.
Everyone has a mindset. It can be influenced by where an individual was raised, the community values taught, and can influence the decisions individuals make about their future. In this exhibit, two New York based Thai artists explore their own mindsets’ fluidity and malleability through innovations in media, composition, and craft.
- Thank You Enjoy
Thank You Enjoy is a photography exhibition created by Katie Gee Salisbury that tells the stories of cooks, delivery workers, waiters, and community organizers who work in the Chinese restaurant industry in New York. The artist was inspired by a simple question: If Chinese takeout is so popular in America, why do we know so little about the people who work in the industry? The exhibition challenges visitors to consider the contributions of these essential workers and what it means to be American.
Learn more: THANK YOU ENJOY
- The 4th Annual Austin Veteran Arts Festival (AVAFEST 2022) is planning to go live! October 12 - November 12, 2022
The search for performers and participants in this year's festival has begun. Qualified participants must be veterans, military personnel or/and their immediate family members. Participants are able to enter in several categories of the arts in order to participate in the festival: Dance, Comedy, Theater, Poetry, Singing, Bands (of all genres of music), Painting, Sculpting, drawing as well as craft and hobby art. Performing and wellness program venues will be at City of Austin cultural centers and nightclubs, bars and performance venues throughout the city of Austin, Texas.
Performances may also be broadcast on ROKU television across the nation and online at:https://veteransartsandwellnessnetwork.org/watch-live/
The city of Austin Texas and the Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel once again are collaborating to create the 4th Annual AVAFEST in the city of Austin, Texas.
The event is endorsed and supported also by the Texas Veterans Commission, The Austin Veterans Affairs Commission, VFW, DAV, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and other veterans Service Organizations. This year the reach of its programs have extended into Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Temple Texas
- Creative Highlights Video Series
A video series highlighting AARC Artists from this year's exhibition cycle.
Permanent and Semi-Permanent Installations
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.
- Past 2021 - 2022 Exhibits
- Past AARC Exhibits
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