“Finally, before people could disperse, Ahmady asked the crowd to say just one word that summarized their feelings about the FIELD MEETING, and the crowd was appreciative, offering up sentiments like collegial, community, connection, engagement…’ I said thanks, three times.” – ArtAsiaPacific Magazine, Nov 8th 2015, HG Masters

Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) is a New York-based platform that brings together leading New York and Asia-based art institutions, museums, and galleries to present the largest showcase of cutting-edge exhibitions, innovative projects, and provocative dialogues on current topics and networking opportunities. Directed by Curator Leeza Ahmady, ACAW is a non-profit curatorial and educational initiative of Asia Contemporary Art Consortium (ACAC). ACAC was formed in 2001 by museum director, Vishakha Desai, curators Melissa Chiu and Alexandra Munroe), gallery directors (Shumita and Arani Bose), collectors (Jack and Susy Wadsworth. ACAC was created to fill the lack of critically viable public programming in the United States involving Asian and Asian American artists. Since 2006, ACAC has flourished under the directorship of independent curator Leeza Ahmady.

Through the ACAW program and other initiatives, ACAC highlights a wide spectrum of select Asia-specific exhibitions, receptions, lectures, performances, and more throughout New York City and across cities in Asia. In 2014, Ahmady introduced FIELD MEETING, a major annual art forum for artists and arts professionals, conceived as a studio visit on a communal scale. Editions of FIELD MEETING have been hosted at Asia Society Museum, Venice Biennial, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Hunter College Art Galleries.

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