Fall 2019 Artist-in-Residence: Foon Sham
Foon Sham received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has had over 40 solo exhibitions in the Washington Metropolitan region and in New York, California, Ohio, Delaware, New Mexico, Canada, Norway, Mexico, Australia and most recently in France.
His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. His public art collections include the Nayatad Sculpture Park in Hungary, United World College in Norway, Universidad De Palermo in Argentina, the MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Yucatan, Merida, Mexico, the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail Station, the Convention Center in Washington DC, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Recent commisons include the Smithsonian Garden at the National Museum of American History, Schar Cancer Institue in Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, US Embassy in Suriname, Golden Triangle in Washington DC and REI in Rockville, Maryland. He has received many awards including a Residency Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dale, Norway, the Franconia Sculpture Park Professional Fellowship, the Virginia Commission of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, the Creative and Performing Arts Awards from the University of Maryland, the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund from Washington DC, Strauss Fellowship and most recently, Artsfairfax Artist Fellowship and Arts Achievement Award from Fairfax County, Virginia.
Pictured: video still from Foon Sham, Sea of Hope, Offering, Video Documentation, 00:02:16
2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence: Sughra Hussainy
From 2011-2014, Sughra Hussainy attended the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan, a school that trains artists in traditional Afghan techniques to revive and preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan. In 2016, Hussainy was invited to participate in the exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan at the Smithsonian’s Freer/Sackler Gallery, from March 5, 2016 – October 29, 2017. Through her success in the exhibition and other exhibitions within Afghanistan and in London, Hussainy’s work gained notoriety. It was that notoriety combined with her desire to bring about social change put her life in danger. When Hussainy returned to the US in 2017 to participate in closing activities around the Turquoise Mountain exhibition, she received a call telling her to stay put. She filed for asylum and has been in the US ever since. In Fall of 2018, Hussainy enrolled in Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Community Arts program. Hussainy was Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University Maryland for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. She lives and works in Baltimore, MD.
Pictured: Sughra Hussainy, Tahnin-e-aina (Reflection in the Mirror), 2014