The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the study, teaching, interpretation, conservation, and awareness of the arts of South and Southeast Asia, the Himalayan regions, and their diasporas. We embrace the diverse visual, material, and spatial cultures and the full range of media of these arts; and we see this commitment to diversity as a critical responsibility of the Council and its members in academic, curatorial, and public spheres.
ACSAA’s full mission statement can be found here.
In addition to periodic symposia, usually held every two years, ACSAA pursues this mission through various activities, including its annual bulletin, panel at the annual CAA conference, its website and listserv. The members portal of the website provides further resources.
If you have announcements to share regarding gallery openings, publications, conferences, and the like, please email us. If you would like to join or renew your membership with ACSAA, please follow the link at the top of the page (“Join Us”), where you can sign up with a click of a button.
Since its incorporation in 1967, ACSAA has grown from its original fifteen members to an organization of some three hundred individuals and institutions. ACSAA is formally affiliated with the College Art Association (CAA) and the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).
ACSAA Digital Images makes available over 12,000 low-res images for free, direct download. It was formerly the ACSAA color slide project, which provided teaching collections to art history departments across the continent.
For a history of ACSAA, click here.
Member resources are available via this link.
ACSAA has a number of other resources for the general public that are listed here.
For listing of art history graduate programs in the United States, click here.