is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who uses artist books, garments, photography, installation and college to explore feminine, social and spiritual issues. She is represented in numerous collections, including the Alan Chasanoff Book Arts Collection at the Yale Museum, the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale’s Sterling Library, the Mata & Arthur Jaffe Collection: Book as Aesthetic Object at Florida Atlantic University, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Harvard University, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture at Duke University.
Miriam Schaer is an interdisciplinary artist who’s work includes artist books, photography, installation as well textiles, felt and embroidery, in relationship to artist books. Her projects, Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt
and Craft Power: Enhancing Women’s Rights Through Traditional Practices in the Republic of Georgia,
with colleagues Clifton Meador and Melissa Potter, earned Soros Foundation funding were realized in the Republic of Georgia in 2013.
Her work has earned a NYFA Artists Fellowship, inclusion in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for the Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum, representation at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea and was an artist in residence for the Imagining the Book Biennale at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. She was a Fulbright Fellow in the Republic of Georgia in March 2017.
Her series, Baby (Not) On Board: The Last Prejudice?,
about societal prejudice against women without children, was included in MAMA-Motherhood Around the Globe at the International Museum of Women, and featured on Babble.com and the Huffington Post. Schaer’s artist book,The Presence of Their Absence,
incorporates her photographs, research and writing on the topic of childlessness. Her interactive project What’s Your Baby?
re-frames the question of why some people don’t have children to honor and respect everyone’s choices.
Miriam Schaer is a an independent artist and educator. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Art+Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago, she also taught Art of the Book at the Pratt Institute, and served as a visiting artist at numerous institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College, Marshall University, and Colorado College.
She is represented by the Central Booking Art Space
and Vamp and Tramp Booksellers
EducationMFA Transart Institute, Creative Practice, Plymouth University, Plymouth, U.K., 2014
BFA Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts), Concentration in Fiber, Phila., PA, 1978
School of Visual Arts, Studies in Graphic Design & Illustration, New York, NY, 1983
Boston University, Studies in Art History, Boston, MA, 1974
Professional Development Studies
Writing for Artists with art historian Dr. Arlene Raven, New York, NY
Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
Artist Survival Skills with artist and development specialist Jackie Battenfield, New York, NY
Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
Advanced Bookbinding Studies with master binder and conservator Jeffrey Peachey, New York, NY
Advanced Bookbinding Studies with master binder Timothy Ely, New York, NY
Conservation Internship with Mindell Dubansky, Preservation Librarian,
Thomas H. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Professional Practice Workshops, Creative Capital, Aljira Center for the Contemporary Arts, Newark, NJ Internet for Artists Workshop, Creative Capital, New York, NY