Since 1997, the Foundation has held its National Awards for the Arts to encourage outstanding achievement in the arts and support professionals engaged in the production of art, performance, and exhibitions. Awards are given in the seven categories of literature, visual arts, music, dance, theater, architecture, and film, and honor at most seven recipients in each cycle as a definitive confirmation of professional success. In 2015, the annual award cycle was shifted to once every two years.
The 22nd National Award for Arts began accepting nominations in May of 2021, and after more than six months of recommendations, nominations, and selection by 92 committee members, the list of winners was approved at the Board meeting held on December 8th. With exceptional enthusiasm, these seven artists have made unremitting efforts over the course of their careers to actively develop their own distinctive contemporary aesthetics. The seven winners chosen this year are the author Ping Lu, film artist Huang Mingchuan, Beiguan master Chiu Huo-jung, choreographer puljaljuyan pakaleva, theater artist Wang Rong-yu, landscape architect Kuo Chung-twn, and filmmaker Sylvia Chang.