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Sylvia Hyman (American/Tennessee, 1917-2012) ceramic sculpture with ruffled top and conical, tapering base. Signed/inscribed on interior: "Sylvia Hyman 1983". 12" H. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): Sylvia Hyman was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1917. She worked as an public school art teacher, as well as a faculty member of Peabody College. In 1957, Hyman received some ceramic equipment, which launched her artistic career as a ceramist. She became a specialist in creating trompe l'oeil ceramic sculptures. Examples of her work are the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, the Saga Prefectural Museum in Saga, Japan, the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, and the Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C.; her work was also featured in the Art of Tennessee exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville in 2003. Hyman received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Craft Arts from the National Museum of Women in the Arts of Washington, D.C. in 1993 and the Tennessee Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 1994. A book of her artwork, The Intriguing Vision of Sylvia Hyman: Trompe l'Oeil Ceramic Artist, edited by Janet Mansfield, was published around the time of her death in 2012. Condition: Glued chip to lower edge.