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Taiwanese artist receives U.S. Medal of Arts award

09/14/2023 07:03 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Taiwanese artist Wang Su-ling (王淑鈴) was awarded the U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts award at a White House ceremony on Sept. 13, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Wang joined four other international artists in receiving the medal from U.S. First Lady Jill Biden at the 2023 International Medal of Arts Ceremony, AIT said.

Born in Taichung City, Wang is known for her large-scale, abstract paintings that explore her sense of place and the distance between Eastern and Western cultures, AIT said.

The award to Wang "symbolizes the role of cultural diplomacy in strengthening the people-to-people ties between the United States and Taiwan," AIT said.

In addition, AIT said they feel privileged to have Wang's oil painting "The Singing River 2," a work influenced "by the landscape of her childhood in Taiwan and the changes that followed," in their permanent collection.

According to AIT, the Medal of Arts award was established in 2012 as part of the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies program, in partnership with the Secretary of State, to formally recognize artists who have played an exemplary role in advancing the department's mission to promote cultural diplomacy.

(By Huang Ya-shih and Bernadette Hsiao)


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