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All-Media Exhibit - June 2010

Best in Show, Lisa Schumaier's 'Infanta Margarita and The Birds'

June 2010
All-Media Exhibit with an Emphasis on Sculpture
Juried by Foon Sham
Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler

Sculptor and teacher Foon Sham arrived at The Art League Gallery to jury the All-Media Exhibit with an Emphasis on Sculpture expecting to find works created by extremely proficient artists. He also expected the work to be traditional. It was quickly established that the work submitted was proficient and traditional, and Sham sought to select the very best quality work within each genre and media.

Sham chose the finest work within each genre – still life, landscape, portrait, figurative sculpture, etc. “I was judging a piece for what it was, looking at the artists' intent, and judged pieces of the same genre and style against each other. The vast majority of the work presented was traditional (conventional techniques, ideas of the masters, subjects already explored), so I was looking for the very best quality, technique, aesthetic, and craftsmanship in order for a piece to be selected.”

Sham wants to see artists take risks and explore new ideas, but quality (the concept, the aesthetics, and the craftsmanship) must be maintained. “It is important for artists to take risks and explore new ideas… but sometimes those ideas take a lot of development before a piece is ready to be shown. The quality has to be there along with that great idea and risk in order for it to be ready for exhibition.”

The recipient of the Monkeith Said Sculpture Award, Lisa Schumaier’s Infanta Margarita and The Birds, was one of the most courageous pieces Sham found within the submissions. “This piece successfully integrates two and three-dimensional elements.  She’s incorporated different media – sound, newspaper (which most think of as disposable), wire, raku, and painting. The artist is provoking another sense through sound, further stimulating the viewer. This is bold piece in a steadily traditional artistic environment.”

Rita Ludden’s Arboreal received the Urquhart Award. “So many artists render trees, but here this artist has taken the subject and made it her own through the treatment of the subject and the composition.”

Sham is a well-known sculptor and his work has been exhibited throughout the world. His work is currently at Project 4 Gallery in Washington, DC. He graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts and received his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. Sham has been a professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park since 1993.

He has work in the public collections at the Nayatad Sculpture Park in Hungary, United World College in Norway, Universidad De Palermo in Argentina, the MacQuarie University in Sydney, Australia, the Sculpture Park at OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Yucatan, Merida, Mexico, the large scale sculpture at the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail Station, the Convention Center in Washington DC and recently the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong. 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/Jerome Fellowship, the Virginia Commission of the Arts Individual Fellowship, the Creative and Performing Arts Awards from the University of Maryland and recently the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund and the Strauss Fellowship from the Art Council in Fairfax County, Virginia this year.



For the complete Show List please click here.
For the complete Award Winner page please click here.
To see the entire show online, please click here.

For more information please contact the Gallery, 703-683-1780 or gallery@theartleague.org.



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