On April 14, 1989, the Chinse-American Arts Council opened the first non profit Asian art gallery in SOHO. The Council's office, located at 456 Broadway 3rd floor, was renovated to include Gallery 456. The newly created 700 square foot gallery, complete with track lighting, presented its first Five Artists' exhibition, featuring four painters and a sculptor, Dan Qing Chen, Che Chuang, Yan Hsia, Ji Da Wong, and Chi Hung Yang. The opening was a gala celebration for the new gallery. Three hundred, old and new friends, joined the staff and artists, enjoying the art and wishing the new venture success.
In February 1977, the Council cosponsored, with the Brooklyn Arts and Culture Association, the first indoor all Asian American multi media visual art show in the United States. The exhibition was on view for three days at St. Annâs Parish House, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn Heights and featured sculpture (clay, metal, wood), oil and water color painting, (modern and traditional) and paper cutting (folk art). Artists were encouraged and interest was evident by the huge attendance. The Council added annual Chinese-American art exhibits to its programs, presented in City Gallery, Community Gallery, Westbeth, Brooklyn Museum, Queen Museum and Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center.
In keeping with the Chinese-American Arts Councilâs dedication to promoting Asian art and artistic exchange, Gallery 456 will give new opportunities to Asian artists to show their works. The central location, near the other galleries in SOHO, will help these artists enter the American mainstream. Both traditional and contemporary art will be represented in six exhibitions annually.
In exhibitions that will last one month the works of these artists will reveal trends in contemporary Chinese art as well as illustrate traditional Chinese painting.
As an art service organization the Council serves not only the artist, visual and performing but also the Chinese community and the general public. Seminars on Chinese art are being planned to further the appreciation of Chinese cultural arts.