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* Syma
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus

ARTIST STATEMENT: My imagination is ignited by artifacts and magical beliefs of ancient cultures. Drawing on a psychology degree and research for teaching in Met Museum galleries; art-making with clay is my favorite response to personal life events, wishes, and dreams. Recycling found objects and found papers; smoke-firing on my studio roof deck, reminds me that nothing is ever only what it at first seems to be... Picking up my earlier focus, new works include viewer interaction. A residency last summer connected me to a collaborator for updating my formerly low-tech Magic Lady installation with digital electronic technology.

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2006 Red Door Gallery, London, UK
2006 Eton Applied Arts Gallery, Windsor, UK
2003 Greek Institute Gallery, Cambridge, MA.
1994 Soho 20 Gallery, NY, NY.
1986 Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA.
1981 Clemens Gallery,Hingham, MA.

2016 STUFF(ed), Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The really, really Affordable Art $how, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), Brooklyn, NY.
ART in CLAY, BWAC Galleries, Brooklyn, NY.
BROOKLYN is..., BWAC Galleries, Brooklyn, NY.
RECYCLE, BWAC Galleries, Brooklyn, NY.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (employee art show) NY, NY.
2015 ART in CLAY, BWAC Galleries, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 Contemporary Ceramics National Biennale, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, (employee art show) NY, NY.
2013 Invitational group show at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA.
2012 Metropolitan Museum of Art, (employee art show) NY, NY.
A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2011 International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Cifrapalota Gallery, Kecskemet, HUNGARY
Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2010 Metropolitan Museum of Art, (employee art show) NY, NY.
2009 Teal Art Gallery, Breckenridge, CO.
Vessels Gallery, Boston, MA.
Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2008 A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY.
2007 Metropolitan Museum of Art, (employee art show) NY, NY.
2006 Lesley Craze Gallery, London, UK
London Potters Select at the Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, London, UK
2005 London Potters Select at Broadway Ceramics, London, UK
Metropolitan Museum of Art, (employee art show) NY, NY.
2005 Morley Gallery, London, UK,
2005 Chilstone Garden Gallery, Kent, UK
2004 Morley Gallery, London, UK,
Paddon and Paddon Gallery, Eastbourne, UK
2003 Cockpit Arts Showcase, Canary Wharf, London, UK
Metropolitan Museum of Art, (employee art show) NY, NY.
Chilstone Garden Gallery, Kent, UK
2002 Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA.
2000 Metropolitan Museum of Art, (employee art show) NY, NY.
1996 Hartsook Gallery, NY, NY.
1995 Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Soho 20 Gallery, NY, NY.
1994 San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Antonio, TX.
1979 Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA.
1967 Art Students League Concours, NY, NY.

2015-13 Participatory Public Art: hand-made tiles with Lower East Side elders in public housing, NY, NY.
2011 Sculpted, glazed tiles for fireplace of private home, Hull, MA.
2009 Sculpted, glazed tile with mixed media mural for public space: Natural Science Center, Norwell, MA.
2003 Sculpted tiles for medical center office of Dr. Frank Lipman, NY, NY.
2002 Sculpted, glazed tile borders for home of New York playwrights John Pielmeier and Irene O’Garden
2001 Sculpted, glazed tile borders for home of New York playwrights John Pielmeier and Irene O’Garden
1997 Sculpted, glazed tile borders for office of New York playwright John Pielmeier
1993 Hand-cast, moulded sculptured brick panels for exterior facade, Gutman Library, Philadelphia University, PA.
1991 Prototype for fiberglass gargoyle fountain, private courtyard, Acton, MA.
1989 Precast concrete sculpted spandrel panels for exterior facade: Harvard Medical Building, MA.
1986 Hand-cast, sculptured brick pediments for exterior facade of Townhouses, Boston,MA.

Agnes Vares, NY, NY.
Michael Heller, Heller Gallery, NY, NY.
Chris Rifkin, Boston, MA.
Susan Paine, Cambridge, MA.
Barbara P. Meyer, Malibu, CA.
Sydney and Ann Levinson, London, UK
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA.
Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA.
Yuko Nii Foundation, Brooklyn, NY.

2016 “Brick Sculpting”
2016 “Mudpies and Magic...
2016 ‘SHOWS TO SEE’ American Craft Magazine, January. p.23
2015 Participatory Public Art Project included in blog:
2013 work featured in '5000 Years of Tiles' published by British Museum Press.
2011 ‘Making my Living’, Insight Magazine, Vol IV Issue 3, pp. 38-47.
'Hot Events around the Hub', The Boston Globe, March 24.
2009 'Creative Clay Artist Comes to Breckenridge'
'...Guest Artist Syma' Summit News Video
2008 '...Artist Syma' Another Summit News Video-on YouTube
2007 ‘The Art of Placemaking, Interpreting Community Through Public Art and Urban Design, by Ronald Lee Fleming, Merrell Publishers, pp146-149
2006 ‘The Future is Bright for British Crafts’, Creative Week, London, UK, July. p.34
‘GALLERY’ Ceramic Review, UK, January/February
2005 ‘GALLERY’ Ceramic Review, UK, January/February
‘UPFRONT’ Ceramics Monthly, May
2004 London Potters Newsletters, UK
‘Discovery: Fifty Years of Craft Experience at Haystack School of Crafts’ by Carl Little
2003 ‘Architectural Ornamentation: Fragments and Elements',Ceramics Monthly, Feb.
1995 ‘Sculpted Brick: Art and Architecture’,Architecture Magazine, September.
1993 ‘Artist’s Many Endeavors Feed the Muse’, Boston Globe, 2/14/93
1990 Costuire in Laterizio, ITALY. Anno.3N, Maggia-Giuno. p.179
1989 The Once and Future Goddess, by Elinor W. Gadon, Harper and Row, pp. 264-5.
1986 ‘A Sculptor’s Outdoor Motifs’, Boston Globe, 6/27/86

2016 Blue Ribbon: National Art in Clay Exhibition, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY.
2016 OPEN STUDIO Residency Award, Haystack Mt School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
2014 Artist-in-Residence: Town of Breckenridge, CO.
2012 MCAF Grant for Ceramic Tile Public Art Project: 'Memories-and-Wishes', NY, NY.
Partial Kiln God Residency Award: Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
2010 Artist-in-Residence: Museum of Arts and Design, NY, NY.
2009 Artist-in-Residence: Town of Breckenridge, CO.
2008 Artist-in-Residence: Town of Breckenridge, CO.
Artist-in-Residence: Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA.
2007-1983 Numerous Artist-in-Residence Grants/ Community Arts Projects in MA and NY.
2006 Artist-in-Residence: Architectural Ceramics Symposium: ICSHU, HUNGARY
1994 Artist Fellowship: ‘EARTHWATCH’ Archaeology Dig, Mallorca, SPAIN
Art in Architecture Award Finalist, Boston Society of Architects, MA.
1985 Stipend, National Endowment for the Arts

2016-1999 Museum educator: Contractual Teaching Artist: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY.
2016-2011 Family Day drop in activities: clay; printmaking: Asia Society Museum, NY, NY.
2014 Clay mono prints for adults and for families, Arts District, Breckenridge, CO.
2012-2011 Volunteer for Guggenheim Museum 'Still Spotting' projects, NY, NY.
2011-2010 Studio Sundays (weaving, clay, metal foil): MAD Museum. NY, NY.
2010 Teaching artist for Nurture Art Education Outreach, NY, NY.
2009 Barrel-Firing event: Fuller Museum of Crafts, Brockton, MA.
2009 Tile making: Arts District, Breckenridge, CO.
2009-08 Artist-in-residence for Town of Breckenridge, CO.
2008 Ceramic masks workshop: Colorado Mountain College, Breckenridge, CO.
2008 Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA.
2007-06 and
2002-1996: Teaching Artist: NYC Public Schools- Arts Connection, in all 5 boroughs of New York City.
2004 Pottery workshops at the British Museum, London, UK
2003 Hands-on demos at Cockpit Arts Deptford, London, UK
2003-02 Adjunct ceramics instructor: City University of New York, Kingsborough Campus, Brooklyn, NY.
2003-1998 Handbuilding Pottery for Adults: West Side YMCA, NY, NY.
2002-1998 Pottery for Senior Citizens: Hamilton Madison House, NY, NY.
2002-1997 Parent and Child Ceramics, and Children’s Ceramics at Greenwich House Pottery, NY, NY.
1990 Masks and Tiles (Personal/Architectural): Miami Ceramics League, FL.
1987 Mask-making: Haystack Student Craft Institute, Deer Isle, ME.
1994-86 Boston area Public Schools - Artist Foundation and MA Cultural Council residencies.
1984-83 So. Shore Collaborative for Special Needs Children/Teens, Boston area, MA.
1983 Cotting School for Handicapped Children, Boston, MA.
1983 Hingham Public Library, Hingham. MA.

EDUCATION: B.S., Psychology and Art, University of Pittsburgh, PA.
Selected for 1 year Development of Professional Practice: Cockpit Arts, London, UK


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