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About Harriet Hyams

​Harriet Hyams has been designing stained glass for over 40 years. The 32 foot high west windows in the sanctuary of The Jewish Chapel at West Point designed by Max Abramovitz, the prize winning Dominican Chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill, New York by the Czech-born architect, Martin Holub, and a stained glass wall for World Headquarters of Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich Inc., Orlando, Florida designed by the Ventura Group exhibit her unique style. She designed a stained glass skylight for a world class ocean going yacht (190 feet) that was built in Brisbane, Australia to marine specification. Besides liturgical projects she has done work for government buildings, corporations, public buildings, schools for the handicapped, high schools, residences, and many extraordinary autonomous panels.


Working as a sculptor in her early career, carving stone and wood and welding steel, Harriet Hyams with her love of form and space added other dimensions to her work by incorporating Light and Color. Her fourteen solo exhibits have also included sculpture. Since 1987, she has produced and exhibited life drawings in ink, charcoal and gouache. Her works are included in public and private collections throughout the country.


She has traveled extensively to see and learn about old and new stained glass throughout the world. This has brought scholarly knowledge and unique perception to her own work.

She taught stained glass at Columbia University in the seventies. Her work can be found on book covers, in art books, magazine publications, and in film. She is a member of IFRAA, Affiliate of A.I.A., and on the Accredited list of Synagogue Artists and Craftsmen. 

She is the recipient of two BENE Awards from Ministry and Liturgy Magazine, 2002, for her stained glass at the Dominican Chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary, Sparkill, New York.
She is the recipient of the Arthur Wesley Dow purchase award from Columbia University. Her stained glass is in their permanent Collection.

Her work was selected by the Corning Museum to be represented in their Compendium exhibited worldwide.

She was a participant in the Fullbright Scholarship Selection committee in the field of design, 1993, 1996 and 2000.

She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in English and her M.A. from Columbia University in Art and Education. Early on she worked and learned her craft in some of the most prestigious studios in the New York Metropolitan area including The Greenland Studio and the Jack Cushen Studio. Her projects are at sites throughout the country.


She served on the Exhibition Committee at The Rockland Center for the Arts between 2005 and 2007 and co-curated a sculpture show to inaugurate the Catherine Konner Sculpture Park there. It won a "Keep Rockland Beautiful" public arts award in 2007.

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