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Sculptor Sydney Brown Tarman Brings Home Coveted Niche Award

Deftly interweaving skill with passion, Sydney Brown Tarman has combined her talents as a sculptor with her self-confessed hat obsession to produce award-winning results. In a ceremony in Philadelphia, Niche Magazine recently awarded to Brown Tarman, a BFA Fine Art Sculpture student at the Academy of Art University, its coveted fashion accessory NICHE Award for her recent piece, "Joy," a wearable metalwork creation.

Work by Sydney Brown Tarman

NICHE describe their awards as follows: "The NICHE Awards recognize individual artists in a number of media and provide a new level of exposure for their extraordinary work. Artists who are selected to participate in the NICHE awards benefit from having their work seen by an appreciative audience of jurors, NICHE magazine readers, gallery owners, and fellow artists attending the February Buyers Market of American Craft in Philadelphia."

The work, a combination of silver, brass, and steel with fresh water pearl details, was first highlighted at the Academy's 2005 Spring Fashion Show, an event attended by fashion notables Azzedine Alaia, Carola Sozanni, Ralph Rucci and James Galanos.

Brown Tarman, who specializes in jewelry and small metal art, explained the inspiration for the award-winning piece: "I wanted to create something that imitated and conveyed joyous movement, while also capturing certain uniquely feminine qualities of this movement."

A Santa Barbara, California native, Brown Tarman resides in San Francisco where she attends classes at the Academy and hopes to establish a working studio where she can continue to indulge her passion and hone her skills as an artist. She credits the Academy's BFA and MFA Directors of Fine Arts Sculpture, Peter Schifrin and Charlene Modena with creating an invigorating and challenging curriculum that has nurtured her artistic spirit and career.

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