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The Spring of Art Education at NTHU
On November 13 the Spring Foundation founded by Hou-Wang Shu-chao donated NT$100 million to NTHU to establish the Tsinghua Spring Development Fund for Art Education, which includes provisions for hiring first-class teachers, providing awards to outstanding students, and organizing various art exhibitions and events. At the inauguration ceremony NTHU president Hocheng Hong thanked Mrs. Hou-Wang for sowing the beautiful spring seeds of art in the hearts of NTHU faculty members and students.
 
Over the course of ten consecutive years the Fund will provide NT$10 million annually to the College of Arts. Each year the Fund will sponsor 15 lectures by scholars and experts on such topics as art, crafts, digital aesthetics, interactive art, computer music, kinetic art, virtual reality, computer animation, and experimental imagery. The lecture series will constitute part of a course compulsory for all new students of the College of Art.The Fund will also be used to provide scholarships covering tuition and fees for four years to two outstanding freshmen each year in three programs: Undergraduate Program of the College of Arts, the Department of Music, and the Department of Arts and Design. Moreover, the Fund will also be used to appoint 2 to 3 well-known local and foreign artists to work and teach at NTHU every year.
 
Hou-Wang presented Hocheng with her embroidered work Ten Thousand Arrows Shot at Once as a representation of the donation. She explained that in the embroidery the four arrows shooting towards the center symbolizes that “everyone is returning to the heart or center,” and encouraged promising art students to study at NTHU.
 
Chen Yanlun, a student in the Department of Music, sang “Faith in Spring” by Uhland and Schubert to express NTHU’s gratitude to Mrs. Hou-Wang.
 
President Hocheng pointed out that amongst the top universities in Taiwan, NTHU is the only one with a college of arts, and that NTHU is a comprehensive university providing a stimulating learning environment combining science, technology, the arts, humanities and social sciences. He also said that the College of Arts inspires new ideas and creative thinking in other fields. Hocheng also indicated that while he was a university student he learned about the Spring Gallery (the predecessor of the Spring Foundation) and has long admired its pioneering vision and dedication to the promotion of contemporary art, adding that the Foundation's donation to NTHU will be used to carry forward the same lofty aspiration.
 
President Hocheng said that just as “Faith in Spring” emphasizes that spring is the season when all things take a favorable turn, Hou-Wang’s generous donation is a major boon to art education at NTHU and in Taiwan as a whole.
 
In addition to serving as the chairperson of the Spring Foundation, Hou-Wang is also the honorary dean of NTHU’s College of Arts. She said that she has a special inner antenna she uses to determine what she does and doesn’t like, and that as an avid patron of the arts she hopes to make the beauty of art more accessible to people from all walks of life.
 
During the event, former NTHU president Chen Lih-juann praised Hou-Wang as the foremost patron of the arts in Taiwan, and that her support will help the College of Arts advance by leaps and bounds.
 
The Dean of College of Arts, Prof. Hsu Su-chu said that although the College of Arts is young and small, it has adopted an ambitious mission focusing on beauty, excellence, innovation, and interdisciplinary work, and that the Spring Foundation's support will make it possible to fulfill this mission and to go even further.
 
Ms. Lin Ping, director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, said, "although it’s now autumn, for NTHU today surely feels like a spring day!” and that the Tsinghua Spring program is like a beautiful story, bringing students an endless artistic spring.
 
Ms. Yang Lifen, the chairperson of Reliable Source Industrial, said that she regards Hou-Wang as a “female giant” who has had a major impact in both corporate and artistic circles, and that NTHU must be very special to receive her support.
 
The Spring Gallery, the forerunner of the Spring Foundation, was founded by Hou-Wang in 1978 to promote international art exchanges and to provide much-needed support to artists during an era of scant artistic resources.
 
Since 2013, in collaboration with the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art and other art institutions, the Spring Foundation has been organizing the Spring Project lecture series, in which both local and overseas artists, curators, and critics have participated in lively discussions on contemporary art. In 2014 the Foundation launched a six-year research project titled “The History of Contemporary Art in Taiwan,” which is creating an archive of Taiwanese contemporary art and literature.
 

Hou-Wang (left) presenting Hocheng with her embroidered work Ten Thousand Arrows Shot at Once as a representation of her generous donation to NTHU.

Hou-Wang (left) presenting Hocheng with her embroidered work Ten Thousand Arrows Shot at Once as a representation of her generous donation to NTHU.


Hou-Wang (right) and Hocheng holding up the letter of agreement for establishing the Tsinghua Spring Development Fund for Art Education.

Hou-Wang (right) and Hocheng holding up the letter of agreement for establishing the Tsinghua Spring Development Fund for Art Education.


Chen Xuanren (left), a senior in the Department of Music, presenting Hou-Wang with a bouquet of flowers.

Chen Xuanren (left), a senior in the Department of Music, presenting Hou-Wang with a bouquet of flowers.


Chen Yanlun, a student in the Department of Music, sang “Faith in Spring” to express NTHU’s gratitude to Hou-Wang.

Chen Yanlun, a student in the Department of Music, sang “Faith in Spring” to express NTHU’s gratitude to Hou-Wang.


Hou-Wang (fifth from left), Hocheng (sixth from left), and VIPs at the inauguration ceremony.

Hou-Wang (fifth from left), Hocheng (sixth from left), and VIPs at the inauguration ceremony.

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