Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Trina Schart Hyman

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 Book Review.

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.