0d6713810c Artist Fonda Yoshimoto of Oakland's piece presented at OACC's APA Heritage Month 2012 Exhibit.


OACC offers changing and permanent exhibits that are free to the public. Our exhibits range from traditional to contemporary Pan-Asian art and culture. Schools are welcome for guided tours and self guided tours.

For more information, please call OACC at (510) 637-0455.

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

“Conversations in Calligraphy”

Calligrpahies in Conversation 

In collaboration with OACC, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), will be showcasing a “Calligraphies in Conversation” exhibit. It is a unique exhibition featuring Islamic and Far Eastern Calligrpahic Art with over 50 outstanding works.

Exhibit opens March 15th, 2014, Reception from 5:30-7:30pm at ICCNC (1433 Madison St. Oakland, CA 94612)

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underDOG by Mel Vera Cruz at OACC

Oakland Asian Cultural Center hosts “underDOG” a solo art exhibit by artist Mel Vera Cruz. The show includes mixed media work that spans several years. Come experience contemporary outsider art by a local Bay Area artist.

Vera Cruz states, “These paintings are my exorcism. Dirty, unclean, in your face, filthy, impure, no pedestals, foul, and no fear! It’s an homage to the outsiders and outcasts in a fun and cheerful way because it innately reflects the Filipino spirit.”

Curated by Pamela Ybanez.

Artist’s reception: 
Sunday February 9th 3-5pm

Interactive Artist’s Talk:
Saturday March 1st 3-5pm

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Artist Reception, Tak, and Guided Meditation: Pauletta Chanco

Join us on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 to celebrate local fine artist and OACC Fall Gala Honoree, Pauletta Chanco!

WHAT: Artist Reception, talk, and guided meditation with Pauletta Chanco

WHEN: Thursday, December 19th, 2013, 6:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE: Oakland Asian Cultural Center (388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland CA 94607– we’re located in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza, above the Oakland Public Library Asian Branch)

Born in Manila, Philippines, Pauletta Chanco is an abstract painter
working primarily in encaustic on wood panel and mixed media on linen or canvas. Her fine art paintings are inspired by spirituality and its connection to the process of painting. She is a long-time student and practitioner of meditation in the Theravada Buddhist tradition and has been nominated to the Community Dharma Leadership Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

She has also completed the Zen Hospice Project training program in San Francisco. Pauletta is also a professional fine artist whose abstract paintings are inspired by her meditation and spiritual practice.

View her artwork online at www.paulettachanco.com.

RSVP at (510) 637-0462

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Concentric Mandala Project



Smaller 6′ version on view February 16th. Large version returns March 1

OACC invited you, the Oakland Chinatown community, to contribute to an exciting new 14′ concentric floor mandala created by artist Nancy Hom in the lobby of OACC. “Mandala” is a Sanskrit word that loosely means circle. It represents wholeness and integration. “Concentric” means to have a common center. In helping to create the mandala, a person who participated offered his or her own perspective and also became part of a larger statement. By participating in the making of this mandala, we creatively expressed ourselves individually and collectively, unified by our connection to Oakland Chinatown. Here are some of the ways people contributed to this exciting work of art:

1)    Donated your multiples of items that are identical in size that represent the cultures of Oakland Chinatown to them.

2)    Collected business cards from businesses in and around Oakland Chinatown, and 4″x6″ postcards of events, or 4″x6″ photos of Oakland Chinatown. Deliver to OACC.
3)    Donated scraps of colorful paper, fabric, beads, and other small interesting ethnic items to make artwork.
4)    Help fold origami cranes (6″x6″ paper), Chinese junks, paper flowers, and other items that represent Oakland Chinatown’s cultures.
5)    Drew, collaged and/or painted impressions of Oakland Chinatown on vertical 4 1/2″ x 6″ cards available at OACC.

6)    Told other people about this project.

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Also currently on view:

Chinese Calligraphy





- Curated by Raymond Tang

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We Are America: Resistance & Resilience

An exhibit featuring highlights from a 100-year timeline about the civil rights of Filipinos and their efforts.



October 17, 2012-Continuing



Curated by Teresita Bautista.

More Exhibitions

Chinese Drawing and Painting


Works by the young students of S.Y. Liu’s Chinese drawing class are showcased as an ongoing exhibit that changes every season. For more information on Mr. Liu’s Chinese Drawing class held every Saturday at OACC, contact Mr. Liu at shu_yi_liu(at)yahoo.com.

San Pablo Chinatown Online Exhibit



An online exhibit showcasing the research on the original location of Oakland Chinatown on San Pablo Avenue dating back to the 1880′s.  This research was conducted by Anna Naruta, UC Berkeley Scholar in 2005.  In a 2005 San Francisco Chronicle article, Naruta describes “Racism against the Chinese was part of the economic and social struggle that went on in a rapidly expanding America at the end of the 19th century.” >>CLICK HERE TO VIEW

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