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.
Now Accepting Applications for Exhibits in 2019
The Exhibit Program's Call for Artists is now open for the 2019 Exhibition Year. Applications are due March 18, 2018. Click here for the online application and guidelines.
Where I Belong by Lizzie Chen
AARC Hallways | On Display January 13 - June 29
Mixed-race families open their doors to share lived experiences of Asian American Pacific Islander youth in Austin. Exhibit is co-curated by Lizzie Chen and the Asian American Resource Center. Lizzie Chen received Masters in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. As a first generation Taiwanese American, she is interested in capturing the stories of marginalized communities through photojournalism, such as the immigrant community. More info www.lizziechen.com
Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation Foyer and Ballroom | Traveling Exhibition
Free and open to the public. Click here for exhibition flyer.
Complementary Programs to the Beyond Bollywood Exhibit
Saturdays March 10, 10-2pm; March 24, 6-7pm, followed by a screening of the movie Newton
Sundays March 11, 10am-2pm; March 18, March 25 & April 8, 1-5pm
Movers and Shakers of Austin - Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11 AM
See some fabulous style set to Indian beats at a fashion show featuring classic and contemporary Indian styles worn by women entrepreneurs, professionals, and community leaders. Presented by SAAM.
Indian American Children’s Literature - Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2 PM
Children of all ages are welcome to explore the rich and colorful world of children’s literature written by South Asian Authors! Storytime, crafts and games included. Presented by SAAM.
A Night At the Museum and Film Screening - Saturday, March 24, 2018, 6-9 PM
Enjoy a special evening guided tour at 6 PM, followed by a 7 PM screening of the 2017 Indian comedy drama Newton. Presented by IndieMeme.
Dance Through India - Sunday, March 25, 2018, 2 PM
Learn about the rich diversity of Indian dance culture beyond what is usually on the big screen with traditional Indian dance performances used for storytelling, theatre and in religious worship. Presented by SAAM.
Dance for Global Goals - Saturday, April 7, 2018, 3-4:30 PM
An intergenerational dance performance featuring the compelling stories and movements of Asian teen refugees and seniors. Led by established Austin based dancer/choreographer Anuradha Naimpally and accompanied by Nagavalli and Oliver Rajamani. Presented by Austin Dance India.
Jewels of India, Centuries of Opulence - Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2 PM
Featuring centuries of opulence, embark on a journey of the heart with timeless jewels of India. We will take you through this evolution via film, sparkling exhibits, and a designer-led workshop about the basics of the sari, from draping to jewelry pairing. Presented by SAAM.
Recollecting Memories by Caroline Ryan
AARC Ballroom | On Display April 13 - June 19
Artist Caroline Ryan explores family dynamics using old candid family photographs as references for her paintings. The artist reveals the astounding differences between her parents and her family’s struggle to communicate with each other as a means of accepting and understanding the past and present.
Zen Garden | 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.