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Grace Hui-Hsin Wang (March 2nd, 1947 to October 8th 2010) was born in Shanghai and moved with her family in 1949 to Taiwan. She received her Bachelor¡¦s of Arts in Agricultural Extensions from the National Taiwan University. She also received a Masters of Rural Sociology from the National Taiwan University. In 1983, she immigrated to the United States, and was heavily involved in the artistic community both locally and nationally. Her love of Kunqu started at the age of fifteen and carried over to the United States. She started the first Kunqu society in the DC area, and co-founded a Kunqu society in New York. These societies worked with many organizations to put on shows for the benefit and preservation of the art that she loved.
Mrs. Wang was the Artistic Director the Society of Kunqu Arts, Inc. (SKAI) and a Maryland State Arts Council Panelist. Mrs. Wang has studied, promoted, and preserved the art of Kunqu for more than forty years and has taught Kunqu singing and performing at various universities and institutions in Taiwan and the United States. She has appeared with leading Kunqu artists on stage in Taiwan, China, and the United States.
In the United States, Mrs. Wang has performed, demonstrated and lectured the Kunqu arts at the Smithsonian Institution (DC), the National Gallery of Art (DC), the University of Maryland (MD), Towson University (MD), Montgomery College (MD), Columbia University (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), Pace University (NY), Ohio State University (OH), Wittenberg University (OH), Saint Vincent College (PA), the University of California at Berkeley (CA), the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (NC), Overseas Chinese Culture and Art Festival, Asian Tapestry Dance Festival, and Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She also served as the choreographer for the Silver Spring Stage in the play M-Butterfly; and for the North Carolina New Millennium Play Club in the play An Interrupted Dream.
Mrs. Wang has received numerous rave reviews. Her exemplary acting, dancing, and singing enhanced by her natural beauty of voice and appearance awarded her First Prize in the 1994 National Kunqu Contest held in Hangzhou, China. As an honorable guest performer, Mrs. Wang was invited by the Chinese Government to perform in their 1996 National Kunqu production. In September 1999, she received the Globe Chinese Culture and Arts Award, one of the four prestigious Culture and Arts Awards in Taiwan. In 2000, 2002, 2008 and 2010, Mrs. Wang received the Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council.
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