Sylvia Sherr was born in Zamosc, Poland and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was always interested in drawing and as a young child attended the Layton art school in Milwaukee. They offered weekend children’s classes. Layton later melded with the Milwaukee Art Museum. Layton Art School was considered one of the five best art schools in the country. They gave her a scholarship and her love and understanding of art.
She later obtained a BFA from Wisconsin State College in Milwaukee and The University of Wisconsin in Madison. Later, while she was teaching in Wilton, Connecticut she went back to school and gained an MA in the Humanities from Kean University.
She began with drawing and painting. These activities led to drawing on clay. At the present time she does both.
Her work received a Geraldine Dodge Foundation Fellowship Award, is in the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Collection, got a New Jersey Center of Visual Arts Sculpture Award, is in Who’s Who of American Women, and received Vermont Studio Residency grants.
She had one person shows at Soho20, Old Church Gallery in Demerest, NJ, Belles Artes in Mexico, Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, New Jersey Center For Visual Arts, Gallery 402 NYC.
Among the many group shows were the New Jersey State Museum, The Belskie Museum, Institute of Visual Arts Milwaukee, Lincoln Center, Robeson Gallery Penn State.