Discipline: Visual Art – painting

Miriam Beerman

Discipline: Visual Art – painting
Region: Silver Spring, MD
MacDowell Fellowships: 1959

Miriam Beerman (1923-2022) was an American expressionist artist from Providence, RI. Beerman studied painting under John Frazier at the Rhode Island School of Design, and after graduating from RISD with a B.F.A., Beerman studied under Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Students League of New York, and Adja Yunkus at the New School for Social Research. Beerman was the recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships, allowing her to study under Stanley William Hayter in Paris. She then moved back to the United States, and went on to have her work featured in more than 30 solo exhibitions, including at the Brooklyn Museum, Graham Gallery, Everson Museum, NJ State Museum, Lawrence University (2015), Monmouth University (2022), and at James Yarosh (2022).

Beerman received several awards and honors for her work, including fellowships in Ossabaw Island, Georgia, the Burston Graphic Center in Jerusalem, Cassis France, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a New Jersey State Council of the Arts Grant, a Joan Mitchell foundation Grant Award, an Anonymous was a Woman Foundation grant, grants from NYS Council on the Arts, NJ State Council on the Arts, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and multiple residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a RISD Alumni Achievement Award.

Miriam's work resides in several collections, including those at the Everson Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Newark Museum, the New Jersey State Museum at Trenton, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection, Jewish Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University (England), and MEAM (Spain). In 2015 a film was made about Miriam. Miriam Beerman Expressing the Chaos was shown on PBS and is available on demand at Amazon Prime video.



Miriam Beerman worked in the Firth studio.

Originally a working barn perched atop the namesake hill of Hillcrest Farm, this building was converted to serve the arts in 1956. A grand set of windows was installed to make the large interior suitable for visual artists, bringing in abundant natural light from the north. The addition of a screened porch and accessible entrance ramp…

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