About the Lam Family

May Lam

The Lams' enthusiasm for contemporary Aboriginal art began in 2000 when they saw Spirit Country, a traveling exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The exhibition was presented at the San Antonio Museum of Art, and featured the Gantner Myer Aboriginal Art Collection. These works inspired May Lam (a founding Museum board member) and her daughter Dorothy to visit Aboriginal communities across the Australian regions of the Western and Central Desert, Kimberley, Arnhem Land, and Tiwi Islands. Through their travels, the Lams accumulated an exceptional collection representative of contemporary art making throughout Aboriginal Australia. The works range in date from the mid-1990s through 2007.

"Collecting these works was a process of love without the labor, a deeply energizing experience that taught me so much about Aboriginal culture, both past and present," said May Lam. "These works opened my eyes to new ways of seeing how artists create. Along with my family, I felt it was important that our community have a similar opportunity, and I am thrilled that the San Antonio Museum of Art has taken our gift and created this new exhibition."