American Academy of Arts & Science Honorary Member

Liu Kuo-sung

On the afternoon of October 8, 2016, the Father of Modern Ink Painting, Liu Kuo-sung (Liu Guosong) was induced as a foreign honorary member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is the longest-running and most prestigious academic institution on the United States. Presently, the Academy has over 4,000 academicians, including 250 Nobel Laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners, 600 of which are foreign academicians. In addition to scientists and humanists, the Academy s also recognizes writers and artists.

In the Academy’s history, over 60 academician have been of Chinese descent, including the educator Hu Shih, the mathematician Tsien Hsue-shen, and the chemist Yuan T. Lee. Liu Kuo-sung was the first to be elected from the Taiwan in the arts and humanities field, and the first Chinese painter to receive this honor.

Liu Kuo-sung at Harvard University, 2016. Photo: Courtesy of The Liu Kuo-sung Archives

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