Kong Vireak named Brayton Wilbur Jr. Memorial Fellow

Program Year: 2014

Mr. Kong Vireak, Director of the Department of Museums at the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts in Cambodia, examined and identified artifacts in the Asian Art Museum’s collection of Cambodian art and studied the curatorial approaches to several exhibitions in Bay Area arts institutions. A specialist in archaeology, Mr. Kong worked with the Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor (JSA) and has taught archaeological excavation methods and theory at the Faculty of Archaeology in Phnom Penh.

Asia Foundation Trustee Judith Wilbur generously established a fellowship in Asian Art in honor of her late husband and former Trustee, Brayton Wilbur, Jr. The fellowship stems from the Wilburs’ deep interest in Asian art, nurtured through their residence and travel in the region, and their commitment to the work of The Asia Foundation and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (AAM). The two institutions are collaborating in the program’s execution, with AAM identifying qualified fellowship recipients, and The Asia Foundation’s Asian American Exchange unit responsible for overall administration.

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