Exchange Artists Inspire Creativity in the Next Generation

Youth working a projectThe U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Bureau of Overseas Building Operation’s Art in Embassies program is pleased to announce the visit of sculptor and professor Foon Sham to Suriname.

Foon Sham is Professor of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the Department of Art in 1993. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and a Master of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

From December 14 to 18, Foon Sham hosted a week-long workshop on modular structures with the art students from the Academy for Higher Arts and Culture Education – AHKCO. The exchange provided students the opportunity to deepen their 3-D design skills and to work with a new medium—wood.

The artwork will be unveiled to the public at an exhibit and reception Saturday, December 19 at 6 p.m. at Unique Bamboo Lounge. Also featured at the exhibit will be art and installations created by children aged 12 to 18 working with Surinamese artist Miguel Keerveld.

Keerveld participated in the International Visitor Leadership exchange program in the United States in April 2015, where he visited several U.S. organizations promoting social good through the arts. He has been an active member of the Suriname America Alumni Association since his return.  For the last five weeks, he has worked with children from Kinderhuis Saron and group of young girls from the girls’ home Siswa Tama to create several pieces of art around an environmental theme.

We invite the public and members of the media to Saturday’s exhibit, “Ripple Effect.” Details are below.

Date: Saturday, December 19

Time: 18:00 – 20:00 hrs.

Venue: Unique Bamboo Lounge – Fred Derbystraat (next to Theater Unique)

Hi-res photos of the exchange with Foon Sham at AHKCO can be downloaded here: