Join us in our adventure through the artistic universes, past and present, of Asia and the Islamic World
FAAC sponsors five public lectures a year by notable figures in the world of art, architecture, archaeology and the study of religion that reveal our past, analyze our present moment, and anticipate our collective future. All lectures are free to the public with museum admission.
FAAC also helps to fund the acquisition of works of art for the DIA's permanent collections. In 2007, FAAC contributed to the purchase of three photographs by well-known, Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto from his Hall of Thirty-Three Bays series (1995). In 2008, FAAC funded the purchase of a bi-folio from a large, 16th-century Qur’an from Egypt. View our recent acquisitions
FAAC members enjoy special receptions that follow every lecture, visits to museums and other collections, and invitations to travel nationally and internationally on exclusive DIA tours. Come and enjoy the company of other like-minded lovers of art, and get to know the curators in the department. We look forward to welcoming you as a member at our next event!
- Invitations to festive gallery previews
- Invitations to scholarly symposia and colloquia
- Invitations to travel to exciting art destinations nationally and internationally on DIA tours
- Insider’s view of gallery installations and special exhibitions
- Advance notice of lectures
- Invitation to post-lecture receptions
Members’ contributions support:
- Several exciting public lectures each year
- Acquisitions of works of art
- Publications about DIA artworks
The Board of Directors, elected annually, is a dedicated group of members who govern the FAAC’s activities including allocating funds for acquisitions, events and programming, community outreach, and fund-raising events. The officers of the Board head committees that provide an opportunity for all members to become involved with planning FAAC activities.
All members are eligible to join the departmental curators on local trips to other institutions, collections and workshops.
Members at the Sustaining level and above receive an annual invitation to a special curatorial brunch and private tour of the department’s galleries or collections in storage.
In order to be eligible for membership in the Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures, you must be a member of The Detroit Institute of Arts. For program inforamtion, call us (313) 833-9830.
Alicia Masse, President
Anita Rajpal, Vice President
Sharon Dow, Treasurer
Dr. Li Hsieh, Co-Chair of Membership
Dr. Mieko Inaba, Co-Chair of Membership
Freda Giblin, Recording Secretary
Dr. Song Chae
Dr. Yee-Ho Chia
Young Ho Kim
Dr. David Weinberg
Dr. Jerry Xu
Dr. Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur, Honorary Director Emerita
Nii Quarcoopome, Co-Chief Curator
Katherine Kasdorf, Curator
Deborah Odette, Development Liaison
Tarya Stanford, Administrative Assistant