James Sham

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James Sham

Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, Art


Email: James Sham
Smith Hall of Art, 801 22nd Street NW


James Sham is an inter-disciplinary artist whose research includes themes of translation, performance, social practice and innovation. Sham’s work involves multiple areas of focus from goldfish pigment extraction, to Artificial Intelligence, and even using eye-tracking technology to study Interpretation in deaf culture. He is the inventor of a newly published innovation in the field of photovoltaics—the patent-pending “Solar Paper”.


Current Exhibitions



  • National Academies Keck Futures Initiatives (NAKFI) Project "Empathy Mirror" Grant
  • The Core Fellowship, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • The James Rosenquist Artist-in-Residence, NDSU, Fargo, ND
  • Canadian Council for the Arts Project Grant, Ottawa, CA


Publications & Exhibitions


Exhibited in a broad range of venues including:

  • Arthouse at Jones Center, Austin TX
  • The Milwaukee International Video Fair
  • Tate Modern, London UK
  • Rudolph Projects, Houston TX
  • The Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia PA
  • Kunstprojects, Berlin Germany
  • The European Cable Network Broadcast (Germany and France)
  • Kim Foster Gallery, New York NY
  • Lugar de Proyectos, Caguas Puerto Rico
  • Appetite Gallery, Buenos Aires Argentina
  • Punch Gallery, Seattle WA

His videowork has been published in DVD periodicals including:

  • "Strangely Funny" Aspect-EZ DVD 1 2010
  • Buffet DVD Issue 1 Fall 2009



BA in Studio Art and Philosophy, Dartmouth College
MFA in Sculpture & Extended Media, Virginia Commonwealth University