The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University promotes the art and cultures of Asia through outstanding programming designed to benefit students, faculty, artists, and the local and regional community.
The Asian Arts & Culture Center opened its doors in 1971 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Towson University when local business owner Frank Roberts bequeathed his collection of Chinese and Japanese ivory carvings to the university.
In 1995, a membership program was launched to help the center reach financial stability after it became a self-supporting entity within Towson University. In 2005 we moved into the renovated Center for the Arts. Our new office and 1,500-square-foot gallery enjoy increased visibility and accessibility just off the main atrium of the building.
In 2007 the Advisory Board created the Gilbert A. Brungardt Endowment for the benefit of the Asian Arts & Culture Center to honor Dr. Brungardt for his dedication to the Asian Arts & Culture Center as a founding member and president of the Advisory Board for 10 years. The endowment provides stable funding to support and enhance the future of the center.
Today we continue to serve the university and the Baltimore-Washington communities as a museum, an informational resource center, and a performing arts center.
Since its introduction in 1971 the collection has grown to house nearly 1,000 works of art including ivory, wood, and jade carvings, paintings and prints, and ceramics and textiles from all over Asia. In addition to objects of antiquity, the collection features a selection of contemporary work. Highlights from the permanent collection are regularly on display in the gallery.
Emphasis on Education
The Asian Arts & Culture Center invites you to:
Learn about Asian cultures first hand
Interact with artists, writers, scholars, musicians and artisans from diverse Asian backgrounds
Experience the inherent balance between traditional and innovation in the arts of Asia
Asian Arts & Culture Center
Center for the Arts, Room 2037 (map)
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
Saturday 1 - 4 p.m. (during exhibitions)