Syma is a New York-based artist who grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Inspired by artifacts and ancient magical beliefs, she makes clay and mixed media works as a response to life events, wishes, and dreams. As a teaching artist at the Met Museum and other venues she inspires a playful creative approach to the art-making process. Her solo exhibitions include Bottomless Vessels to Hold Change at Red Door Gallery, London, UK (2006). Her group exhibitions include Art in Clay National at BWAC Galleries, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Contemporary Ceramics National Biennale, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO (2014); Art of Mosaics: Piecing It Together, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (2013); and International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Cirapalota Gallery, Kecskemet, Hungary (2011). Her awards and residencies include Haystack Open Studio Residency Award, Deer Isle, Maine (2016); MCAF, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City (2012); and Artist Studio Residency, MAD Museum, New York, NY (2010). She received her B.S. in Psychology and Art from the University of Pittsburgh and took self-selected art courses and workshops in New York, New England, and UK.
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Liberty (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
Smokey Jo: A Muse Charger, smoke-fired clay, glaze, 24k gold leaf, 15 x 15 x 2¾ inches (2016). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
The Women in Red, pigmented clay mono-print with ink on paper, 24 x 18 inches (2014). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist
ClayMatrix for Mono-printing, clay with colored slips (2014). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist