Annual Conventions

The Society has held annual conventions since the first event in New York City, September of 1969. Three conventions have been held in New York City as well as all other major cities in the United States such as: Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and many other cities.

The international venues have included three conventions in Beijing, three in Canada, one in Dublin, five in Hong Kong, four in London, one in Paris, one in Singapore, one in Taipei, and one in Xian.


W Foshay Minneapolis Hotel
821 Marquette Avenue, MN 55402
$229/per night with 3-day pre and post-convention option

11:00 a.m. – Opening of Dealers’ Room, Great Room 2
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm – Registration, Grand Pre-function foyer
3:00 p.m. - High Tea Reception (hosted by Christie’s)
4:30 p.m. – Opening lecture by Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Great Room 1
“Pitching the Key: Masterworks in the Minneapolis Institute of Art"
Question and Answer period
6:00 p.m. – New Members' Orientation Meeting, Great Room 1
Evening Free (a list of fine restaurants provided – make reservations early)
Dealers Room open till 11 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – Dealers' Room open, Great Room 2
10:30 a.m. – by Ann Waltner, Professor of Chinese History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus, Focus Room
“Matteo Ricci and Other Jesuits”
Question and Answer period
12 noon – Luncheon, Great Room 1
2:00 p.m. – Depart for Highlights bus tour of Minneapolis
3:00 p.m. – Walker Art Center and sculpture garden
5:00 p.m. – Return to hotel
Evening Free
Dealers Room open till 11 p.m.

8:30 a.m. – Dealers Room open
11:00 a.m. – Depart for Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA)
12:30 p.m. – Luncheon Target Reception Hall
2:00 p.m. – Lecture by Liu Yang, Curator of Chinese art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Auditorium
“Symbolism on Snuff Bottles in Mia’s Collection”
Question and Answer period
3:30-5:30 p.m. – Tour vast collections in the museum
5:45 p.m. – Return to hotel
Evening Free
Dealers Room open till 11 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - Dealers’ Room open, Great Room 2
9:00-10 a.m. - Members’ meeting, Great Room 1
10:00-10:30 a.m. – Viewing of Benefit Auction items, Great Room 1
10:30-12:30 p.m. – Benefit Auction for the Education Fund
1:30-2:15 p.m. – Two Seminars – Studio 1 and Studio 2
Clare Chu and Dessa Goddard - “How to Form a Collection”, Studio 1
Joseph B. Silver - “Collecting One Specific Area: Why, How and What Are the
Highlights?”, Studio 2
2:15-2:45 p.m. – Refreshments (cookies and soft drinks)
2:45-3:30 p.m. – Repeat seminars
Dealers’ room closes at 5pm
Gala Banquet - Black tie or Asian dress
7:00-8:00 p.m. – Cocktails, Cash bar – Grand Pre-function foyer
8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. – Gala dinner, remarks, awards and dancing (hosted by Bonhams)

10:00 a.m. – Visit residence of Doris Hodroff and Beverly Grossman
11:00 a.m. – Alternate venues
12 noon – Luncheon at Esker Grove Restaurant, Walker Art Center
2:00 p.m. - Depart for residence of Tamara and Michael Root
2:15 p.m. –Visit Purcell-Cutts House
3:00 p.m. Alternate venues
4:15 p.m. – Depart for W Foshay Minneapolis Hotel