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Miriam Schaer
New York, NY
B.F.A., Phil. College of Art; Boston College, SVA

www.miriamschaer.com



Addictions Kiss
girdle, acrylic silk, plastic doll arms, dressmaker pins, found objects
21 x 11 x 9 in.
2006

   



Addictions Kiss (detail)
girdle, acrylic silk, plastic doll arms, dressmaker pins, found objects
2006

   

Miriam Schaer is a multimedia book artist. She uses garments-girdles, bustiers, brassieres, aprons, gloves, children’s' clothes-as her means of containment. Inside these stiffened, shaped, embellished enclosures, she conceals books and other objects that document her explorations of feminine, social, and spiritual issues. Since 1993, she has exhibited steadily and extensively in solo and group exhibitions, and her work has been mentioned in a long list of articles and reviews. Ms. Schaer is 2003 recipient of a NYFA Artists Fellowship. Her work has been included in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series at Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, the oldest and longest-running exhibition series dedicated to showcasing women artists in the United States. Most recently, her work was included the biennale, Imagining the Book 2007 at the Bibliotheca National in Alexandria, Egypt, in April. Miriam Schaer teaches Art of the Book at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has lectured and taught books structures and printmaking at universities and art centers in the US and abroad.



Miriam Schaer organized the following exhibition(s) for The Center for Book Arts
A Tale of Two Cities
 2 books each by 10 artists from New York and 10 artists from Bristol, England

Miriam Schaer's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
Fun & Games (and Such…)
 Organized by Alexander Campos, CBA’s Executive Director and Julie Chen, Artist
The Poisoner's Kiss Series: Father presses all the flowers to his heart; but he kisses the flower that pleases him best
(2007) Xerox transfer with hand embroidery on doll dresses. Text from, 'The Angel', Hans Christian Anderson
The Poisoner's Kiss Series: How frightened I have been! How dark it was inside the wolf!
(2007) Xerox transfer with hand embroidery on doll dresses. Text from, 'Little Red Cap', Brothers Grimm
The Poisoner's Kiss Series: Let them scream as much as they like. You will fly up into the clouds
(2007) Xerox transfer with hand embroidery on doll dresses. Text from, 'The Storks', Hans Christian Anderson
The Poisoner's Kiss Series: Oh shake me, shake me! We apples are all ripe! So she shook the tree till the apples fell like rain
(2007) Xerox transfer with hand embroidery on doll dresses. Text from, 'Mother Holle', Brothers Grimm
The Poisoner's Kiss Series: The beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest; the cat has got it, and will scratch out your eyes as well
(2007) Xerox transfer with hand embroidery on doll dresses. Text from, 'Rapunzel', Brothers Grimm
The Poisoner's Kiss Series: The executioner cut off her feet with the red shoes but the shoes danced way with the little feet deep into the forest
(2007) Xerox transfer with hand embroidery on doll dresses. Text from, 'The Red Shoes', Hans Christian Anderson
The Poisoner's Kiss Series: They were so pretty yesterday, and now all the leaves hang withered
(2007) Xerox transfer with hand embroidery on doll dresses. Text from, 'Princess Ida' Hans Christian Anderson
(un)Contained Vessels
 Artist Members Annual Exhibition, Co-organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director, The Center for Book Arts, and Pamela Spitzmueller, Book Artist and James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections, The Harvard University Library and the College Library
No Ornament So Precious As the Labor of their Hands
(2005) Gloves, beads, paint,
NYC/Paris DIALOGUE Paris/New York Printmaking Project
 Organized by Maddy Rosenberg, Independent Curator, New York City, and Devorah Boxer, Vice President, Le Trait, Paris.
Golden Apples
(2005) Site-specific installation
Opera gloves, acrylic, digitally printed inset accordian book
Her Grace
(2004) Site-specific installation
Child's dress, acrylic, silk, plastic toys, found, objects, handmade Indian paper, inset codex sewn on cords woth hand-cut lettering
Homeless at Home
(2005) Site-specific installation
Opera gloves, acrylic, ink, silk, digitally printed book
Translated by Armand Schwerner
M'Amour
(2005) Site-specific installation
Opera gloves, acrylic, digitally printed inset accordian book
Money Singing
(2005) Site-specific installation
Gloves, acrylic, silk, plastic toy money, digitally printed in set accordian book
Night of the Thirteenth Moon
(2005) Site-specific installation featuring seven books, various sizes, mixed media installation
One Heart
(2004) Site-specific installation
Girdle, acrylic, silk, Indian handmade paper, inset handshaped book, hand cut lettering
She Knocks the Tears Away
(2004) Site-specific installation
Doll dress, acrylic, ink, digitally printed
Celebrating Artist Members: 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition
 Organized by Roni Gross, Artist.
They were so pretty yesterday
(2005) Dye-stained digital laser print with Xerox transfer on hand-sewn silk gauze and permalife, dress relief collograph
30 Years of Innovation: A Survey of Exhibition History at The Center for Book Arts, 1974-2004
 Organized by Jae Jennifer Rossman, Special Collections Librarian, Arts Library, Yale University.
With In My Reach I
(2004) Gloves, acrylic, ink, handmade asian paper, accordian binding
2003 Instructors' Exhibition
Terra Incognito from the series Atlas of Surgical Operations
(2002) Altered book, hand cut pages; beaded binding; glove driers sewn on cords from Atlas of Surgical Operations
A Tale of Two Cities
 2 books each by 10 artists from New York and 10 artists from Bristol, England
I Held a Jewel
(2000) leather gloves, acrylic, beads, ink, ribbon, with text based on a poem by Emily Dickinson
Witness to Natural Selection
(2000) girdle, found objects, pins, collage, silk, digital print and hand-cut lettering, text by Emily Dickinson
Textiles/Fibers/Threads: The Book Show
Baby Love
Toddler dress, acrylic, ink, Xerox, plastic doll, hand-cut lettering, pop song lyrics
Fall Forward
 an exhibition featuring current faculty
Guardian (of Sterile Waters)
(1997) Xerox on Lana Wove paper. Silk, Xerox transfer, acrylic, ribbon, bottles of sterilized water.
Press them into fear/ Rules of engagements #9
(1997) Text by Sun-tsu. Mixed media, Xerox acrylic transfer. Apron, acrylic, embroidery.
Paper, Art & the Book
 an exhibition of the innovative ways artists utilize paper to express ideas conveyed in books and broadsides
Eve's Meditation
(1992) Roma paper, silk, beads, acrylic paint; open spine binding sewn on cords
This day in history . . .
 the 1995 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Fly Away Home
(1994)
The Anthropomorphic Book
 the 1994 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Things We Do For Love, The
Corset, acrylic, blueprint, silk, pins. 80 pages sewn on tapes.
The Seven Deadly Sins
 the 1993 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Foundation of 20th Century Thought
(1992)
Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus
(1990)
Rape of the Sabine Women
(1990)
Love and Romance
 1992 Artist Members Exhibition (22 works by 22 artists)
Wedding March
(1990)
Economy of Space
 Book Arts under four inches
Beyond the Garden Gate
(1990) Coptic binding with double gatefolds, in a folding box with ribbon ties.
1991 Spring/Summer Faculty Show
Alpha Lumina
(1989)
Jungle Book
(1990)
Wedding March
(1990)
Selections: Lower East Side Print Shop
 Organized by Timothy Ely and Susan Rostow
Days of Our Lives
Parallel Conversations
The History of Hosiery
Your Favorite Love Songs
Travel Books
 the 1987 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Celestial Voyages
(1987) Mixed media.
New Work
 the 1986 annual Artist Members Exhibition
History of Hosiery, The
(1986) Mixed media, painted silk binding
Center for Book Arts: The First Decade
 an exhibition at The New York Public Library
Bestiary, USA
(1983) 14-book series based on the poetry of Anne Sexton. Gouache, pencil drawings, xerography and found objects. 14 books, each 6 x 10 in.
From Coast to Coast
 an exhibition of artist-made bookworks by west coast artists
Wedding Album
(1981) Printed on Kodak ecta-c-print 100 copy machine, spiral bound, cloth covers
Wedding Album
(1981) Printed on Kodak ecta-c-print 100 copy machine, spiral bound, cloth covers

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