Year Joined

  • 2010

Areas of Expertise

  • Arts & Entertainment 

Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 

Boards Joined

  • Association of Art Museum Directors 

Online Presence

JAY IN THE NEWS

  • Jay Xu meets principles from Nanjing University

    June 04, 2018  |  Nanjing University

  • Jay Xu ’s special exhibit at Asian Art Museum features live music and dance shows

    February 28, 2017  |  San Francisco Classical Voice

  • Jay Xu ’s special exhibit at Asian Art Museum “brings ancient China to life”

    February 16, 2017  |  China Daily

  • Jay Xu ’s Asian Art Museum hosts 6-foot bamboo lantern for Lunar New Year

    January 31, 2017  |  7th Space Interactive

  • Jay Xu co-curates “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty” special exhibit at Asian Art Museum

    January 19, 2017  |  Yahoo Finance

  • Jay Xu reminds us of Asian Art Museum’s message of inclusivity

    December 01, 2016  |  China Daily

  • Jay Xu , director of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, organized the exhibition ‘Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art From the National Palace Museum, Taipei’

    August 17, 2016  |  Wall Street Journal

  • Jay Xu and Asian Art Museum release plans to expand

    July 15, 2016  |  SFist

  • Jay Xu were honored at the World Affairs Council awards dinner as distinguished foreign-born leaders in the Bay Area

    May 26, 2015  |  World Affairs

  • Jay Xu discusses the collection of the late Robert Hattfield Ellsworth with the New York Times.

    March 15, 2015  |  New York Times

  • Jay Xu meets principles from Nanjing University

    June 04, 2018  |  Nanjing University

  • Jay Xu ’s special exhibit at Asian Art Museum features live music and dance shows

    February 28, 2017  |  San Francisco Classical Voice

  • Jay Xu ’s special exhibit at Asian Art Museum “brings ancient China to life”

    February 16, 2017  |  China Daily

  • Jay Xu ’s Asian Art Museum hosts 6-foot bamboo lantern for Lunar New Year

    January 31, 2017  |  7th Space Interactive

  • Jay Xu co-curates “Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty” special exhibit at Asian Art Museum

    January 19, 2017  |  Yahoo Finance

  • Jay Xu reminds us of Asian Art Museum’s message of inclusivity

    December 01, 2016  |  China Daily

  • Jay Xu , director of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, organized the exhibition ‘Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art From the National Palace Museum, Taipei’

    August 17, 2016  |  Wall Street Journal

  • Jay Xu and Asian Art Museum release plans to expand

    July 15, 2016  |  SFist

  • Jay Xu were honored at the World Affairs Council awards dinner as distinguished foreign-born leaders in the Bay Area

    May 26, 2015  |  World Affairs

  • Jay Xu discusses the collection of the late Robert Hattfield Ellsworth with the New York Times.

    March 15, 2015  |  New York Times

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Jay Xu Director and Pioneer, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

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Director & CEO

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

First Chinese American director at a major US art museum, Dr. Jay Xu is Director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. He enjoys a rich variety of international museum experience. Prior to his appointment at AAMSF in June 2008, he had been Chairman of the Department of Asian and Ancient Art (2006-2008) and Head of the Department of Asian Art (2003-2006) at The Art Institute of Chicago, Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum (1996-2003), and Research Fellow at the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1995-1996). He began his curatorial career at the Shanghai Museum (curatorial assistant and assistant curator, 1983-1990), and received his graduate training in early Chinese art and archaeology at Princeton University (MA and PhD).

Dr. Xu is a passionate champion of Asian art and culture, committed to sharing his extensive knowledge of Asian art with a wide audience, and to promoting art and culture as an essential platform for cross-cultural understanding, diplomacy, and political and business developments.

Dr. Xu participated and contributed to the expansion projects at the Seattle Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has organized a wide range of exhibitions and made significant art acquisitions as a curator. A dedicated scholar of Chinese art, he is well published, particularly on ancient Chinese bronzes and archaeology. His other publications cover diverse areas of Chinese art and museum practice, and he lectures extensively on Asian art, including contemporary art. His professional awards include the prestigious Shimada Prize for Outstanding Publication in East Asian Art in 1997 for Art of the Houma Foundry (Princeton University Press, 1996; co-author), and a George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award of the Art Libraries Society of North America in 2001 for Ancient Sichuan: Treasures of a Lost Civilization (Seattle Art Museum, 2001; principal author), a landmark exhibition that he curated.

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