By: Hsu Chi-wei and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Taiwan-based artist Liu Kuo-sung (劉國松), widely regarded as the father of
modern Chinese ink painting, has been elected a new foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), according to the prestigious academy.
The AAAS, frequently known as the American Academy, is one of the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the world and is a leading center for policy research in the United States.
The AAAS Council elects its fellows annually to recognize them for efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished. Election to the Academy is considered one of the nation’s highest honors.
Being named on the academy’s recently released list of 2016 new fellows and foreign honorary members makes Liu the first member of the academy in the arts category to come from Taiwan.
To be elected to the AAAS, individuals must be nominated by current members. They are then evaluated on the contributions they have made both to their field and society during their career. [FULL STORY]