Fred Schnider Gallery of Art Presents Foon Sham UnderExposed

By Editorial Team on May 10, 2021
Foon Sham, Four Directions, 2016, 26.5” x34.5” ( framed), Pastel and acrylic on paper.
On View: May 1 – June 18, 2021

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art (888 N. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA) opens its next exhibit, UnderExposed on May 1st, a collection of pieces by local sculptor, Foon Sham, whose work has been featured in over 200 exhibitions across the United States and throughout the world. This exhibit is courtesy of Gallery Neptune and Brown, Washington, DC. Sham is most known for his wood sculptures for which he transforms fallen trees and discarded wood into geometric and organic forms. His work is inspired by places he’s traveled, as well as his own personal feelings on surrounding nature and the environment. “My art practice is to preserve wood as natural resources and extend their lives to the maximum and transform what has been discarded to become precious. The attitude we should have towards the planet we live in,” explains Sham.

This exhibit features works of art not seen by local DC area gallery audiences, hence the title, UnderExposed. Experimental pieces such as Sham’s cast iron sculptures where he uses the unconventional process of applying wood sculpture as the molding material, will be on display, as well as mixed media drawings of wood and acrylic
paints.

The exhibit runs May 1st through June 18th, by private tour. Special tours guided by the artist are available throughout the exhibit’s run. Those wanting to view UnderExposed are welcome to call the gallery at 301.852.8042 to schedule a private tour of the exhibit within the weekly hours of Thursday-Sunday, 12-7pm, and if a special artist tour is preferred, inquire about the dates available. The gallery requests that visiting groups not exceed more than six people to align with COVID safety guidelines.

Foon Sham received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has had 43 solo exhibitions in the Washington Metropolitan region and in New York, California, Ohio, Delaware, New Mexico, Canada, Norway, Mexico, Australia and France. His work has been included in group exhibitions at 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 commissions include the Smithsonian Garden at the National Museum of American History, Schar Cancer Institute in Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, US Embassy in Suriname, Golden Triangle BID in Washington DC and REI in Rockville, Maryland, and in near-by Oakland Park, Arlington. 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, Artsfairfax Artist Fellowship, Arts Achievement Award from Fairfax County, Virginia, and most recently Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from the International Sculpture Center.

Available hours:

  • Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 7 pm

Fred Schnider Gallery of Art – 888 N. Quincy Street, Suite 102, Arlington, Virginia (www.fredschnidergalleryofart.com), Phone: 301.852.8042, Email: gallery@fredschnider.com