Miriam Schaer is a Brooklyn-based multimedia book artist, and a Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary MFA Program in Book and Paper at Columbia College in Chicago.
She exhibits extensively and her work has been included in shows at the Museum of Art and Design and The Museum of Biblical Art, both in Manhattan, and the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY.
She is represented in numerous collections, including the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale University; the Mata & Arthur Jaffe Collection: Book as Aesthetic Object at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, Duke University, Durham, NC.
Her work has earned a NYFA Artists Fellowship, inclusion in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for the Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum, and representation at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea. In 2007, she was an artist in residence for the Imagining the Book Biennale at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. Her collaborative project Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt has received Soros Arts and Funding support to be realized in January 2013.
Ms. Schaer frequently uses garments such as girdles, bustiers, brassieres, and aprons as well as children’s’ clothing as materials for unique and limited edition books. The fabrics are manipulated and embellished to serve as enclosures, inside which hand-made books explore feminine, social, and spiritual issues.