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Artist Showcase

Inspired by Nature Art Exhibit
Co-hosted by Ascending Aesthetics and the AACC

Artist Meet-and-Greet and Reception - Meet our guest artists and hear about their art pieces on display!

Thursday, December 9th, 2021 - 3:30pm-4:30pm

Asian American Cultural Center Lounge (1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL 61801)

Light refreshments to be served. 

Asian American Cultural Center & Spirit of India Presents 

Celebrating Indian Independence Day 2020

Picture of a flyer

Picture of pista shells inspired by the flag of India

A collage of images of art

Picture of a sundial converted into Mandala designPicture of a presentation

Picture of gond folk artCollage of pictures of art

Picture of a playful creation with homemade play doughCollage of pictures of handmade masks

Collage of two pictures of s'mores'Picture of several flat stones stacked on top of each other

Collage of four pictures of people using filters of animals in place of their headsPicture of a presentation on the development of computer technology

Picture of a student sharing his academic presentation Collage of several dolls

Collage of four pictures of young people dancing to bollywood musicPicture of instant flour dough snake in the form of an oragami

Collage of pictures of a young person showing a veggie gardenA young person speaking to the camera

Collection of pictures on a presentation on ShunyaPicture of a presentation titled "Ancient India's Contribution to Science and Math"

Picture of a piece of art


Guest Bio


Dr. Chandramallika Basak, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Vital Longevity
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas
Lab link:
Twitter handle is @ChandramallikaB

Aadya Joshi is a Grade 11 student at the American School of Bombay. Aadya is passionate about restoring native biodiversity and natural ecosystems in urban environments.

Picture of a young woman with dark hairIn 2018, she founded The Right Green, an organization whose mission is to spread awareness about the ecological importance of native plants in restoring urban ecosystems. She has developed a database of plant-insect relationships for over 2,000 plants (and growing) in the Indian subcontinent and ranked them according to their ability to support biodiversity. This will now enable gardeners and landscapers to choose such plants that are not only beautiful, but will also support the most biodiversity for their eco-regions. She regularly conducts workshops for school children, adults and municipal authorities, highlighting the vital ecological links between native plants, insects, and birds that are essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems.

In addition to her work with The Right Green, Aadya is also a budding researcher, a classically trained musician and enjoys the outdoors.

Picture of a woman in a white dress with dark hair  Mrs. Juhi Gupta MS, RD-N, CDE.

Masters in organic Chemistry , India, Masters in Dietetics From Wayne State University ,Michigan, 2003 .Internship from Various Hospitals in Detroit area. Over 16 years of work experience at Saint Francis Hospital as outpatient Registered Dietitian ( RD-N) and over 7 years as Certified Diabetes educator at Saint Francis Hospital. Working as consultant  at Manchester Memorial Hospital for over 3 years . Also have participated in community events  like health fairs, health screening at temple , speaker at lighthouse mission centers in Manchester.




Picture of a person with short dark hair in a blue blazer with a white shirt

Tanmay Takle  is the Co-Founder of Degrees of Change, a youth-led community working to demystify climate change and sustainability.

He graduated from UIUC with a B.S. in Techincal Systems Management in August 2019, focusing on renewable energy and sustainable development. Tanmay has worked on the iCAP2020 and on research aiding community solar development in Illinois. This Fall, Tanmay will pursue an M.S. in Sustainability Management from the Earth Institue at Columbia University. Tanmay is a Student Energy Leaders Fellow.




Previous Showcases




Living History: Our Stories from 1970s to Now

August 24, 2015 - December, 1, 2015


      November 3, 2014 – January 30, 2015

"A Community of Immigrants" Group Art Exhibit








July 2014-October 2014

#WeAreIllinois by the Intercultural Horizons Intens









 January 2014-March 2014

"this voice of mine" by Puja Patel











November 2013- February 2014
"Child of the World" by Jessica Lee Rojas


August - November 2013
"What Do You Care About?" Art Exhibit by University of Illinois Student Leaders

August - November 2012
Spirit of the Brush and Ink by Jason Xing


March - July 2012
Art Blank Activism: 10 Years of Project A


Hua Nian
December 2011- March 2012
Drama of Black & White


August - December 2011
From Chinese Literati Painting to American Modernism Abstract Expression by Guoliang Wu 

Champaign-Urbana Asian and Asian American Artists
April - August 2011
Asian American and Pacific Islander's Community of Mothers: Images of Motherhood as part of the Boneyard Arts Festival


Kate Agathon
January - April 2011


Lena Domyung Choe
October  - December 2010
Halmoni's Hanboks


Jason Tran
June  - October 2010


Champaign-Urbana Asian and Asian American Artist
April  - June 2010
Celebrating Asian American Heritage Through Artas part of the Boneyard Arts Festival


Annie Rong, Wynee Bao, Andrea Bajcsy and Sergio Juan
February - April 2010
Sharing with the World


Photographer Kate Agathon & William Snyder
November 2009 - February 2010


Yunnan Art Institute, UIUC, and Parkland College
September  - October 2009
Not Between But from the East and the West


Rajni Shinghal
May  - September 2009


Community and Students
April  - May 2009
"Through an Asian American Lens of Identity and Culture" featuring mixed media works


Sarah Seyoung Kim, BFA candidate
April  - May 2009
"Vague" featuring mixed media works


Hyon Joo Kim
December 2008 - March 2009
"Knotted Passion Box" feat. mixed media works


Lei Zhang Shanbhag
August  - November 2008
"To the East" featuring mixed media works


Hermia Soo
May  - July 2008
"My Recollections of the Joy of Art Creation" featuring mixed media works


Saemi Yi, BFA candidate
April 2008
Art Exhibit featuring mixed media works


Asian American Women (Community and Students)
February  - April 2008
Asian American Women Art Show: "Reflections of Who I Am…” featuring mixed media works



Intercultural Friendship Foundation
Student Organization
November 2007 - February 2008
"Devotion and Love in Islamic Art" featuring mixed media works

Fred DeAsis, International Artist
based in Chicago
August - November 2007
"Kut-Kut—The Lost Art of the Philippines."


Sujata Dey-Koontz
Champaign resident
April - June 2007
"Om. A Creative Goddess Vision's The Mother Essence" featuring watercolors, colored pencil, mixed media works and photography


Umeeta Sadarangani
Champaign resident
January - March 2007
"Journeys" featuring watercolors, mixed media works and photography

Siti Mariah Jackson
UIUC MA 1988, Champaign resident
September 2006 - January 2007
"Siti's Diary" featured twenty watercolor paintings

Yu Wang
UIUC Spurlock Museum Adjunct Associate Curator of the East Asian Gallery
May - September 2006
"Solo Exhibition of Trans-cultural Photography" featured nineteen photographs



Hua Nian
Urbana resident
March - May 2006
"Paper Tearing Art" featured twelve pieces


Dan Ma
January - March 2006
"Displace" featured eleven photographs

Hyon Joo Kim
UIUC MFA 1985, UIUC Undergraduate Library Science Library Specialist
September - December 2005
"Transformation" featured six drawings and four paintings

Other Exhibits

Areujana Sim, BFA candidate
April 16-27, 2007
"Reconstructing Korean Memory"


"Rice, Chopsticks, and the Melting Pot: Asian American Restaurants in Chicago"
presented as part of the Filipino American Coming Together Conference by the Philippine Student Association and the Columbia College of Chicago
October 2006



Jeannie Chang, Jessica Rubenacker, and Eunji Rhim
all UIUC BFA candidates
May 2006
"Constructing the Middle Ground"