Artist and museum member Gordon Holler's love affair with Asia began as a freshman at the University of Nebraska. Influenced by his art professors, Gordon discovered a passion for both Japanese art and Egyptian anthropology.
Attending the University of California, Berkeley, for graduate school, Gordon was eager to visit the Asian Art Museum, knowing that it was the best place to explore his interest in Asia. Upon graduation, he was offered a job doing scientific drawings and photography for excavations in Cairo and traveled through Iraq, India, Cambodia and Afghanistan.
As a professor at Foothill College in Los Altos, California, Gordon taught courses ranging from Islamic art to printing. His achieved acclaim as an artist in the 70s and 80s, with his work collected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. He returned his focus to teaching and became involved in the college's Japanese Cultural Center and Bamboo Society, which led him to work with students to establish an extensive bamboo garden at the college.
During these years, Gordon frequently brought his students to the Asian Art Museum to encourage them to discover Asia through its art and culture.
Through a gift in his will, Gordon is a member of the Richard B. Gump Society. "I want to give an opportunity to others to explore and enjoy the arts of Asia," he says.
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