class of 1956
inducted in 1987
Trina Schart Hyman
Artist & Illustrator
1985 Caldecott Medal Winner
Hyman is the winner of the 1985
Caldecott Medal for her St. George and the Dragon. The Caldecott Medal is
awarded annually to the best illustrated book for children published in America.
Hyman attended the Philadelphia College of Art as an illustration major from
1956-59, the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts as a Graphic Arts major
1959-60, and the Swedish State School for Applied Art as an Advertising
Design major. She married Harris Hyman (graduate of C.H.S. and M.I.T.;
engineer, mathematician and alternate energy designer) in 1959; they were
divorced in 1967. They have one daughter, Katrin,
who is presently with the Peace Corps in Cameroon, Africa. Home has been many places to Hyman
including Boston; Stockholm, Sweden; and New York City. For the past twenty years, she has
lived in a 170-year old farmhouse in Lyme, New Hampshire, a small village on the Connecticut River bordering New Hampshire and Vermont.
Hyman has illustrated over 130 books for children and written four. Her King
Stork received The Boston Globe/Horn Book Award in 1971. Little Red Riding
Hood was a Caldecott Honor Book recipient and the winner of the Golden Kite
Award in 1984. The Caldecott Medal winner St. George and the Dragon was also
on the list of the best-illustrated books of the year in the New York Times
In addition to her books for children, Hyman has produced and published
illustrations for magazines and greeting cards and has designed porcelain
figurines for The Franklin Mint. She was the Art Director of Cricket: The
Magazine for Children for seven years (from 1971-77) and continues to work as
staff artist for the magazine.
Hyman's work has been compared to the Brandywine School of illustrators, founded by Howard Pyle
and N.C. Wyeth, and to the romantic illustrators of
England at the turn of the century.