Enriching the Quality of Campus Life: Donated Sculpture Comes to Menlo College

ATHERTON, CA. (September 17, 2020) – Thanks to a generous donation by Juliet Sham and Stephen Ho, along with the artist Foon Sham, Menlo College has a new avenue to help students and visitors expand their mindsets while on its campus. The trio has donated Sham’s sculpture The Princess for permanent exhibition at Menlo College.

“As a professor of higher education, and having studied in Oakland, it is a personal thrill for one of my sculptures to find its home on the Menlo College campus. Art is a powerful tool that unlocks one’s creativity and I hope that Menlo’s students and campus visitors will find inspiration in The Princess,” said Sham.

“When we saw The Princess installed on the beautiful Menlo College campus, we realized the setting and the sculpture were destined for each other. My husband and I hope that The Princess elevates art in the Bay Area and particularly inspires young people to appreciate and pursue the arts. We are honored to create the opportunity for this magnificent piece to be enjoyed by everyone who studies and works at, or visits, Menlo College – now and forever,” related Ms. Sham.

The sculpture is located outside Brawner Hall, one of the five buildings on the central quadrangle of the campus. Complimenting recent landscaping renovations and plans to build a new residence hall, The Princess is an important addition to the college’s physical environment.

“Everything we do at Menlo College is designed to support our students and their success. In welcoming The Princess to its home on our campus, our business and psychology scholars will surely find balance to the rigors of their academics and the demands of a plugged in world. In its massive grace and beauty our students and community will reflect and think in new ways,” said Menlo College President Steven Weiner.

From September 25-27, 2020, Menlo College is displaying the sculpture among more than 20 others as a part of Silicon Valley Sculpture 2020. Organized in conjunction with Menlo Park Public Art, for more information about the event and to purchase tickets please visit: https://www.siliconvalleysculpture.com/.

About Menlo College

Menlo College was established in 1927. It is a small, private, non-profit, four-year, accredited, residential college located in Atherton, California. Menlo College’s location in Silicon Valley, one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative geographical areas, has enabled the college to create a valuable market niche for its students locally — as well as globally. Menlo College cultivates in its students the skills, integrity, and passion to make meaningful contributions in an innovation economy.

About 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 and has been awarded many fellowships, grants and artist’s residencies throughout the world––including programs in France, Norway, Bolivia, Chile, Scotland, Hungary, and Australia. Sham has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally and is featured in dozens of public and private collections worldwide.