Through a focus on Asian artistic and cultural traditions, The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University engages the university, local, and educational communities in activities that promote awareness and critical understanding of, as well as civic action toward, the preservation and development of the world’s cultural heritage. The Center accomplishes this through various channels such as exhibitions, performances, films, workshops, demonstrations, conversations with artists and Asian content specialists, and other creative and academic projects that relate to Asian artistic and cultural traditions. The Center also possesses a collection of historical and contemporary works of art including paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, and jade from throughout Asia. Highlights from the permanent collection are regularly on display in the Center’s art gallery.
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 through a range of experiences with Asian arts and culture.
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)