Policy changes in early 2018 at Denver Art Museum has suspended Support Group independent travel programs.  DAM Development will be working directly with curators to provide a limited number of travel opportunities each year.  Please check the Denver Art Museum Event Calendar for travel opportunity announcements.

Past Trips

Art & Ceramics in China and Taiwan

October 15-28, 2017

 Join the Asian Art Association to explore ancient, imperial, contemporary, and modern art and ceramics in museums, galleries, and studios in Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Xian, Jingdezhen, Xiamen, Taipei, and Chiayi.  Curator Tianlong Jiao will give our group rare access and insights into a plethora of Chinese artworks and ceramics throughout this remarkable opportunity for Asian art aficionados.

China is a land of history and refinement unparalleled in the world. Attentive visitors are immersed in a sea of visual and cultural experiences unlike any other. Yet, China is often overlooked as one of the best art destinations in the world. This private deluxe tour on art in China combines the best of the new and the old, with private touring of select art gallery districts, museums, galleries, studios, and private art collections and noteworthy recent architecture, as well as ancient temples, imperial palaces, historic monuments, buildings, rustic villages, local markets, and stunning landscapes. The highlight will be the priceless collections at the two branches of the Palace Museum in Taipei.

Tour Highlights Include:

 Beijing: China's centuries-old capital serving three dynasties and the current republic. Beijing is the heart of the country's burgeoning contemporary art scene. Explore the leading gallery districts and visit museums holding hidden treasures.

♦ Baoding, Dingzhou, and Shijiazhuang: Enjoy China's high speed trains to these cities located in Hebei Province. These lesser known sites are treasure troves of ancient Chinese art.

Terracotta Warriors Museum: Located in Xi'an, once the largest city in the world, and terminus of the fabled Silk Road, this 2200 year old site is considered China's preeminent archaeological discovery.

♦ Alishan National Scenic Area: Unique flora and fauna abound in the shadow of Jade Mountain. These landscapes inspired many a painting throughout the centuries.

♦Visits to private collections in private homes

Free time to enjoy other historical aspects of the vibrant city


See the attached itinerary and registration forms for price and additional details.

Space is strictly limited! Send in your registration form today to guarantee your place in this fabulous tour led by Curator Tianlong Jiao. Please click to download the following forms.


China Trip Itinerary

Reservation Form

DAM Liability Release Form


For questions, please contact Beverly Little at 720-913-0040 or

To register, complete the above forms and contact Joe Sinisi at 303-960-5935 or


San Francisco Art Tour with Curator Tianlong Jiao

September 9-11, 2016

Join the Asian Art Association to explore the Asian art treasures in one of America's finest repositories of Asian Art: San Francisco.  During this tour we will be guided by our own expert Tianlong Jiao and local curators through some of the world’s finest art museums emphasizing their exquisite Asian Art collections. The highlight of this tour will be an in depth visit to the Asian Art museum and Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

Dr. Jiao has intimate knowledge of all pieces of the collection as he was instrumental in arranging this exhibit.  Dr. Jiao will also lead us on visits of art galleries and private collections in Bay Area private homes–a particularly special opportunity for our Asian Art Association members.  Our group will enjoy the world class seafood and Asian cuisine of San Francisco with several group meals and stay in the Hilton Parc 55 hotel in the heart of downtown San Francisco; within walking distance of Union Square, China Town, North End and Fisherman's Wharf. 

Tour Highlights Include:

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco:  The highlight will be Dr. Jiao's in depth discussion of the Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei.

UC Berkeley Art Museum:  Curator-lead private viewing of Asian art featuring the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Pacific Art.

Art Galleries and workshops:  Visit the working studios and galleries of several famous contemporary Chinese artists in San Francisco and Oakland

Oakland Museum:  Gallery of California art has eclectic displays dating back 200 years

♦Visits to private collections in private homes

Free time to enjoy other historical aspects of the vibrant city



Bhutan & Thailand 2015

October 20-Novemebr 5, 2015

Please click here to view Bhutan-AAA Thailand itinerary.


Seattle 2014


China 2013

"Exotic Art in China - Silk Road & Southwest" with Asian Art Curator Ron Otsuka

Exploring ancient, imperial, contemporary, and modern art and rare Xu Beihong works in Beijing, Dunhuang, Chengdu, Lijiang, Dali, Yixing, and Shanghai

September 16 - 30, 2013

To view a PDF document about this trip, please click here - 


Boston 2012

Boston Art Trip with Curator Ron Otsuka


Chicago 2011

Asian Art Treasures in the Windy City

Group photo of tour to Chicago in front of the "bean".


Washington DC 2010

Cherry Blossoms and Cloisonné

The cherry blossoms were in full bloom last April, 2010, when fourteen Asian Art Association members and the Curator of Asian Art, Ron Otsuka, traveled to Washington D.C. and Baltimore to explore Asian art. We had beautiful weather and enjoyed a visit to the Hillwood Museum and Gardens to view the cherry trees and Japanese garden. Highlights of the tour included beautiful and intricate Japanese cloisonné enamels at The Walters Art Museum, Himalayan and Southeast Asian art at the Ford Gallery, tours of the collections at the Freer and Arthur M. Sackler galleries, a tour of Korean objects at the National Museum of Natural History, and stunning private collection tours. These private collection visits were such a special and rare opportunity to see incredible works of art in an intimate environment and to learn about the pieces directly from the passionate collectors.

AAA trips are a fantastic opportunity to see art that is otherwise unavailable to the public and to have a lot of fun with other Asian art enthusiasts. We would love to have you join us on future AAA trips!

Photos from private collection tours in Washington DC. Photo credit: Gina Hander


San Francisco 2009

In February of 2009, a diverse group of Asian Art Association members and guests enjoyed four days of spectacular Asian art in San Francisco. “The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan” exhibition and symposium hosted by the Society for Asian Art was a highlight of the trip. The group also experienced some very special visits to private homes to see some extraordinary personal collections of Asian art. We were wowed with a museum-quality collection of Chinese paintings and furniture, treated to a viewing of a diverse and fascinating collection of Chinese snuff bottles, and delighted with a fun and creative collection of Chinese textiles. In addition to our special, up close and personal exposure to Asian art, the group had great fun getting to know one another, the collectors, and the other art enthusiasts encountered on the trip through dinners and socializing.


C. Goldstein... "I do not usually join group tours. It just is not my thing. Nonetheless, I wanted to see the Bhutan exhibit and I know many of the people in the AAA, so my husband and I decided we would go to San Francisco with this group and give it a try. The trip exceeded all my hopes and expectations. I had to change my views about group trips. Not only was the Bhutan exhibit worthwhile, Gina was an extraordinary organizer (and that is coming from someone who considers herself to be one), the private collections she arranged were amazing and everyone got along beautifully. There was not one hitch. I loved this experience and intend to go on many other AAA sponsored trips."

M. De Martini... "The exhibit and the tours of private collections were fantastic! I particularly enjoyed the banquet because we heard the inside stories of how the exhibit of Bhutanese art was arranged. Hearing stories about the conservation efforts for the art work that traveled from Bhutan to San Francisco was fascinating. It was interesting to hear how the Bhutan and American museums worked together to teach and learn how to preserve and store the works from the temples. The exhibit was a win-win situation for both sides and it was a wonderful opportunity to be able to see the Bhutanese art in San Francisco."

Photos from private collection tours in San Francisco. Photo credit: Gina Hander

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