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They come from all over Asia and the United States. They are today’s established masters in their fields and tomorrow’s rising stars. They are archeologists, architects, artisans, arts administrators, art critics, choreographers, composers, conceptual artists, conservators, craftspeople, dancers, film makers, installation artists, musicians, new media artists, painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, video artists, video conservators, and also artists and scholars whose work defies categorization. They are the carefully selected grantees of the Asian Cultural Council.

With the curatorial care and assistance of the ACC team, these artists work intensively, rise to new challenges, and discover the possibilities and implications of their work as experienced in entirely new and different settings. Each is defined by a singularly inspiring talent and vision, and each redefines the cultural landscape through meticulously crafted explorations and projects.

For 50 years, the ACC has nurtured over 6,000 artists. Here is a rich archive of their extraordinary work, which beautifully reflects our mission to provide meaningful cultural exchange and to create limitless, lifelong opportunities for artistic collaboration among our network of alumni grantees.

Grantees: 2017 (year)

Abigail Child

United States

2017 | Film, Video, & Photography | Japan

for a two-month grant for a residency at Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo and to meet with artists and critics and conduct research for a new film in Japan

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Aki Onda

United States

2017 | Music | Indonesia, Japan, Philippines

for a two-month research trip to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan to trace the legacy of Dr. José M. Maceda’s influence on contemporary experimental performance

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Alan Wai Lun Tam

Hong Kong

2017 | Music | United States

for a two-month grant to participate in the 2017 Aspen Music Festival and School

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Astad Deboo

India

2017 | Dance | United States

to participate in the 2017 La MaMa Moves! Festival in New York City

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Baboo Liao

Taiwan

2017 | Theater | United States

for a six-month fellowship to explore the crossover between visual and performing arts in New York

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Bonnie Marranca

United States

2017 | Arts Criticism | Japan

for a one-month grant to research Fluxus artist Dick Higgins’s unique Graphis scores in the archives of the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo

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Bruce Quek

Singapore

2017 | Visual Art | United States

for a three-month fellowship to work on an ongoing project and explore the contemporary art scene in New York City

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Chieko Kitade

Japan

2017 | Curation | United States

for a three-month fellowship to conduct research on time-based media and performance art in the U.S.

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Chien-Ying Tseng

Taiwan

2017 | Visual Art | United States

for a six-month fellowship to survey artistic practice and engage with communities across the U.S.

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Chun Wong

Hong Kong

2017 | Film, Video, & Photography | United States

for a three-month fellowship to explore contemporary arts and filmmaking in New York City

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Claire Brandon

United States

2017 | Art History | Hong Kong, India, Pakistan

for a six-week grant to conduct research in Hong Kong, India, and Pakistan for an exhibition on contemporary Pakistani art

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Cristina Sison

United States

2017 | Theater | Philippines

for a six-week grant to conduct a training and mentoring program for aspiring stage managers in the Philippines

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Delin Lai

United States

2017 | Architecture | China

for a two-month grant to study architectural remains of Baptist and Presbyterian Churches in southeast China

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Desiree A. Quintero

United States

2017 | Dance | Malaysia, Philippines

for a six-month fellowship to research traditional pangalay dance in Malaysia and the Philippines

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DJ Hatfield

United States

2017 | Ethnomusicology | Taiwan

for a three-month fellowship to undertake a collaborative ethnomusicology project with indigenous communities in Hualien County, Taiwan

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Douglas Brooks

United States

2017 | Crafts | China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan

for a three-month grant to study traditional boatbuilding in Japan and research its antecedents within the Chinese boatbuilding tradition

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Ellen Fisher

United States

2017 | Dance | Sri Lanka

for a one-month grant to explore the Kataragama festival in Southeastern Sri Lanka

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Ellie Irons

United States

2017 | Visual Art | Taiwan

for a one-month grant to engage in plant-based research while in residence at Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taiwan

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Erik Deluca

United States

2017 | Music | Myanmar

for a four-month fellowship to conduct field research on the acoustic ecology of Myanmar

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Faye Johanna Cura

Philippines

2017 | Museum Studies | United States

for a six-month fellowship to observe how libraries, archives, and museums in the U.S. exhibit material culture, and to study curatorial practice as a means of public history

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