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.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the AARC will be closed to the public beginning on Friday, July 3. Read more here. Visit our Digital Programming Page for virtual exhibits and online programs for the public.

Current Exhibits and Programs

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

Social Practice, according to the Tate Museum, “describes art that is collaborative, often participatory and involves people as the medium or material of the work.” It can include “any art form and involves people and communities in debate, collaboration or social interaction.” ArtsResponders is a project that commissions artists to train in Social Practice and engages community in an artistic response to cope with and overcome COVID-19.

This year's selected ArtResponders Artists are Lizzie Chen and Peelander-Yellow. More information about their projects coming soon.

Colonized Women: Reclaiming Our Indigenous Roots - Exhibit and Interactive Art Project 

Examine colonialism and racism in Filipino American conceptual artist Fran Flaherty's mixed media works on silk. She reclaims images of her ancestors from illustrations from The Boxer Codex, a European Manuscript from 1590. 

Colonized Women: Reclaiming Our Indigenous Roots Digital Exhibit

Reclaiming Our Indigenous Roots: An Interactive Art Project

Join Fran Flaherty to create a crowd-sourced mural of Indigenous peoples of the Philippines. Draw, color, and collage on downloadable templates that reference Flaherty’s Colonized Women compositions and upload completed pieces to contribute to the mural.

  1. Watch this interview with Fran Flaherty to learn about how she developed the her Colonized Women and her idea to grow the concept into crowd-sourced work of art.
  2. Download free Colonized Women and Men templates
  3. Choose which template you want to work with and print it.
  4. Be creative and express yourself! You may use any variety of arts and crafts materials to draw, color, and collage on your template. Consider artistic ways to tell your story and make a unique picture that represents you.
  5. Once your piece is finished, scan it or take a photo.
  6. To submit your piece, Submit Your Completed Art Here!

Need modifications? Click here to access the list of inclusive supplies that can be used to modify arts and crafts tools to make this project more accessible and inclusive.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact us at aarc@austintexas.gov.

Perlas ng Austin (The Pearls of Austin)

Learn about the history and culture of the Central Texas Filipino Community in a digital exhibit that features photographs from the Austin History Center's archives and cultural objects curated by the Austin Filipino American Association. 

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

Reinventions, A Senior Art Show

Senior Program participants explored art forms and inventions in Chinese Calligraphy and handmade paper workshops offered by the AARC. During these workshops, the participants explored ideas of self-reinvention by trying new things.  AARC’s Heritage Artist Laureate, Mr. Huang, guided participants in the practice of traditional Chinese Calligraphy over the course of four classes. Ancient Chinese characters developed independently of other early written languages. In the handmade paper workshops, program participants made their pieces from a variety of recycled material from AARC’s facility

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Semi-Permanent Installations and Past Exhibits

Semi-Permanent Installations

Prayer Phone

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.

Past 2020 Exhibits

Courage To Be
Shen’s Precious Clocks and Watches
Gingko Walk
Kingdom Arts

Past AARC Exhibits

Duality and Doko
Storied & Pop Japan
Everything That Matters
Colors of Life
Pink Lotus
A River Across East and West
Pioneer Painter
Let the Colors Speak
Tea and Travel: A Virtual Exhibit Reception
Visions of Asia

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