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TFAM announces winners of 2016 Taipei Arts Awards

By Carol Hsieh

Staff Writer

 Captions (Photo courtesy of TFAM) Part of Tang Jo-Hung’s exhibited works titled Searching for the Origin- Little God Seriesat TFAM. (photo courtesy of TFAM)

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum has announced that Tang Jo-Hung has won this year’s Taipei Arts Awards with his Searching for the Origin- Little God Series. Meanwhile, five other emerging talents- Liu Chih-Hung, Chien Chih-Feng, Chen Chen-Yu, Chen I-Chun and Tu Pei-Shih- won the Merit Awards.

The 41-year-old winner, now based in Taipei City, holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Salamanca in Spain and has won multiple art awards including Premio San Marco in 2002, Kaohsiung Awards in 2005, and Liao Chi-Chun Oil Painting Award in 2008. His creations have been seen in major international arts exhibitions in Taipei, Beijing, Köln, and Oxford.

 Part of Chen I-Chun’s exhibited works titled Do You Dream of Electric Sheep? at TFAM. (photo courtesy of TFAM)

The Taipei Awards seeks to spark discussions of art works and become an important presentation platform for the artists, TFAM Director Lin Pin has said. A new category of viewers’ choice award was added this year to make their role more active in the process. The museum expects to see more benefits result from the visitors’ participation, Lin has added. Chen I-Chun’s work entitled Do You Dream of Electric Sheep? was the winner of the competition’s very first Viewers’ Choice Award.

 DCA Commissioner Chung Yung-Feng (right) presents a statuette, an award certificate and an oversized replica award check of NT$550,000 to first prize winner Tang Jo-Hung on Dec. 23 atTFAM.(photo courtesy of TFAM)

The annually held art competition and exhibition has had a long history, initiated when TFAM was first opened. Aimed to explore emerging talents and focus on experiments and individual potential, the awards have been a testament to the dynamism of Taiwan’s contemporary art development and serves as a bellwether of up and coming art trends. DzThe award encourages outstanding artists and promotes artwork rich in content capturing the spirit of the times, thus stimulating creative energy and new ideas,dz according to the arts museum website.

For this year, after a two-stage selection, works from just 12 participating artists out of 388 received made it to the final round. Their respective works will be on exhibit in museum Galleries D, E, and F from Dec. 20, 2016 to Mar. 19, 2017.