Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art From the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

10.13.2022 – 01.15.2023

Montana Gallery

Global Asias: Contemporary Asian and Asian American Art highlights the work of sixteen artists of Asian heritage who draw on a rich array of motifs, techniques, and cultural motivations to construct diverse “Asias” in a modern global context.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art in conjunction with the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the exhibition is divided into three thematic sections. “Exuberant Forms” features work that has the potential to reshape conventional views of abstract art—its composition, palette, materiality, and cultural implications—expanding and complicating the canonical narrative of abstraction. “Moving Stories” brings together powerful prints and mixed-media works that reflect on the experiences of migration, both within Asia and beyond. “Asias Reinvented” highlights two- and three-dimensional works that transform styles and techniques of traditional Asian arts in alignment with the vibes of the contemporary and the cosmopolitan.

Combined, the works in Global Asias suggest the plurality and fluidity of “Asia” as cultural construct and creative practice. The exhibition is guest curated by Chang Tan, Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian Studies at Penn State.

This exhibition is organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation and the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. Support for this exhibition and related education and outreach programs has been made possible by a grant from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.


exhibition sponsors

Montana Tires
Toyo Tires
Diane Boyer Jerhoff

Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation

related events

The Global Asias Experience Series
Wednesdays November 2, 9 & 16 // 3 – 4:30 PM // Registration required
All sessions are limited to 16 participants. $25 for members, $35 for not-yet-members for full series, $15 drop-in for a single session, as space allows.
November 2: Traditional Tea Ceremony
November 9: Guided Exhibition Tour, led by YAM Education Staff
November 16: Careful Looking Experience, led by YAM Director Jessica Kay Ruhle

Connections at the Art Museum Global Asias Series

November 1
November 8
November 15

Every Tuesday from October 18 – November 15 // 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Join us for this five-week series that will explore the artwork and techniques in the Global Asias exhibition.

No cost to participate. Registration in advance is required. Call 406.256.6804 x250 or email to register.

First Friday at the YAM — Global Asias Exhibition Celebration
November 4 // 5-8 PM // Admission is free during First Fridays
4 – 6 PM Fam at the YAM with artist Terri Porta
5 – 7 PM Reception with cash bar // Gallery Conversations in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese

STUDIO 2ND SATURDAY // November 12 // Printed Pattern Palooza

Ages 5 – 12 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Register online or by calling 406.256.6804 x238 or email

Explore a fusion of traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques inspired by the artwork in the Global Asias exhibition.

Adult Art Class: Origami Workshop with Miles City Artist Keely Perkins
Saturday, November 19 // 10 AM–1 PM // Members: $15 | Not-yet Member: $25

We are commissioning you for a site specific installation! Come explore the ancient art of paper folding and help us design, create and install origami to celebrate our Global Asias exhibition. No experience required!

Please email our Adult Education Coordinator, Marilu Metherell at with any questions. Register through the link below or call the front desk at 406.256.6804. Space is limited, and pre-registration is recommended.

FAM at the YAM
Friday, January 6 // 4 – 6 PM at the YAM

All ages welcome | Free! No advanced registration required.

Get inspired by the art in the Global Asias exhibition and then create origami with artist Keely Perkins.

FAM at the YAM is for every type of family. Bring yourself, children, friends, grandparents, and more. Create art together with a professional artist and learn about their process. It’s a great way to kick off your First Friday evening.

Closing Celebrations with Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation
January 14, 2023 // Time TBD // Registration required