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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)

Fiona Templeton

United States

2017 | Theater | Japan

for a two-month fellowship to conduct research on the Itako shamans of northern Japan to inform a new theater work

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Gu Jiani

China

2017 | Theater | China

for participation with Liza Bielby in a project undertaken by The Hinterlands

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Haeyun Park

United States

2017 | Art History | Japan

for a dissertation fellowship to conduct research in Japan on the trans-Pacific development of video art from the 1970s to the 1990s

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Jessica Grindstaff

United States

2017 | Theater | Japan

for a nine-week fellowship to study with Butoh and Bunraku artists in Japan and to visit the Fukushima region to capture visual, aural, and personal stories, informing a new theater work

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Jianjun Li

China

2017 | Theater | United States

for a three-month fellowship to research and observe interdisciplinary theater in New York and meet peers in the field

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Judha Suwanmongkol

Thailand

2017 | Arts Criticism | United States

for a six-month fellowship to engage with artists and art critics in the U.S. to advance critical practice and dialogue on contemporary art in Thailand

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Kavita Shah

United States

2017 | Music | India

for a two-month fellowship to study Indian classical music in Bangalore

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Kevin Julius Castelo

Philippines

2017 | Music | United States

for the first year in a Master of Music program at Indiana University, majoring in percussion performance

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Konchok Rinchen

India

2017 | Dance | United States

for participation in a project undertaken by Core of Culture

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Kota Takeuchi

Japan

2017 | Visual Art | United States

for a six-month fellowship to conduct research on World War II and nuclear industrial sites in the U.S.

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Kuang-Yu Tsui

Taiwan

2017 | Visual Art | United States

for a six-month fellowship to explore urban environments in the U.S. and investigate the relationship between social media and behavior

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Kyoko Iwaki

Japan

2017 | Theater | United States

for a six-month fellowship to conduct research on how non-dominant voices are represented in theater in the U.S.

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Kyungmi Kim

Korea

2017 | Dance | United States

for a four-month fellowship in the U.S. to explore contemporary dance practices and research embedded bodily memories

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Lina Lin

Taiwan

2017 | Art History | United States

for a travel grant to visit museums in New York and meet with curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Liza Bielby

United States

2017 | Theater | China

For participation in a project with choreographer Gu Jiani undertaken by The Hinterlands

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Ma. Elena Laniog

Philippines

2017 | Dance | United States

for a four and a half month fellowship to observe contemporary dance in the U.S. and attend the American Dance Festival’s International Choreographers Residency Program

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Mai Thi Thanh Nguyen

Vietnam

2017 | Visual Art | Cambodia

for a four-month fellowship to continue research in Cambodia’s Vietnamese communities for a project examining migration, identity, and memory within the context of historical and recent conflict between the two nations

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Mari Hashimoto

Japan

2017 | Conservation | United States

for a six-month fellowship to conduct conservation research at Pace Art Conservation in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Michael Lindsey

United States

2017 | Ethnomusicology | Afghanistan

for a six-month dissertation research fellowship to investigate the effects of violence on Afghan musical culture

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Ming Lin

United States

2017 | Visual Art | China

for a six-month fellowship in China to research the informal economies that emerge in the shadows of rapid industrialization

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