A talented artist, Ms. Nancy Lien Yang is currently serving as the president of the Pastel Association of Taiwan in Taipei, a position she has held since 2012, having formerly served as a board member for the Pastel Association of Taiwan for two years. In addition to her primary career responsibilities, she also served as an organizer for the Fifth International Pastel Artists Invitational Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2017 and the Fourth International Pastel Artists Invitational Exhibition in 2014. With pastel being a very Western medium, it has been relatively unknown in the Far East and Southeast Asia and Ms. Yang has contributed much to helping her native Taiwan to develop a status in the world of pastel art.

Ms. Yang was drawn to pastels as a medium because she found that they were well suited to expressing the zen ideals of tranquility and harmony in natural beauty. Using bright and vivid colors, her portfolio is full of flowers, trees, mountains, lakes and a wide variety of animals, such as fish, bears and birds. Her favorite things to draw are fish and water, as she feels that her ability to convey both energy and inner quiet is at its strongest with those themes. Showcased in numerous exhibitions, she has been featured in galleries and shows across the United States and abroad in such locations as the King Bou Tique Art Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan, the annual exhibition of the North America Pastel Artists Association in New York City and the Village Gallery of Katonah, in Katonah, New York. In 2017, Ms. Yang was featured in an exhibition at The 57 Chang-Chi Show in Tokyo, Japan, the International Pastel Artists Invitational Exhibition in Taipei, and the annual exhibition of the Allied Artists of America and the Pastel Society of American in New York City.

Recipient of a number of awards, one of the highlights of Ms. Yang’s career was receiving her first international award, the Artemiranda Award from the First International Biennial Pastel Show in Oviedo, Spain, in 2011. More recently, she was presented with an Allen J. Smith Memorial Award from the American Artists Professional League in 2015, a Richard C. Pionk Memorial Award from the Audubon Artists in 2014 and a second Artemiranda Award in 2013. In 2003, she was voted Best in Show for her exhibit at the Village Gallery of Katonah First Annual Juried Competition & Art Exhibition. Elected as a member of Allied Artists in America in 2015, Ms. Yang holds full member status with the American Artists Professional League and the Audubon Artists and is a signature member of the Spanish Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of America and the North American Pastel Artists Association.

Prior to embarking on her artistic career, Ms. Yang earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and 1971, respectively. Following these accomplishments, she spent a number of years as a director and analyst in the department of computer services at Purchase College, State University of New York. Since 1997, she has continued to hone her skills and further her artistic education through workshops and independent study, completing coursework at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts from 1997 to 2006 and studying under P.J. Steadman from 1997 to 2001, as well as spending several years at the Daniel Greene Workshop. Presently, Ms. Yang is studying pastel painting with Wende Caporale and Rae Smith at the Katonah Arts Center, and has been participating in the Jason Chang Workshop since 2007.

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