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Having earned an undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, and postgraduate degrees in Arts and Humanities from NYU, she pursued her combined career as an artist and an art teacher. She subsequently completed further studies in painting at the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League. Aside from formal degree work in the U.S., she spent six years working and studying in Italy, England and Germany. She received training in sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Torino, and subsequently earned a residency in Pietrasanta at the Sem Ghelardini Marble Laboratory. She was also awarded artist residencies in photography in the Burren, Ireland and the Instituto di Santa Reparata in Florence. Upon returning to the U.S., she earned sculpture residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Master Workshop at Southampton College.
Sylvia has exhibited widely in the U.S., and is part of private collections in Italy, Hungary and Greece.