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About Miriam

Miriam and childMiriam de Uriarte has been professionally involved with the artistic and perceptual development of children for over thirty years. She was the founding director of the Berkeley Child Art Studio for 26 years, from 1970 to 1996, where children between the ages of 2 and 16 experienced the joy and satisfaction of making art.

As an art educator she created the model children’s art studio that served as a learning lab for college students, and teachers who worked as interns and attended lectures at the Berkeley Child Art Studio.The cutting edge curriculum was widely adopted in other Bay Area programs. As a college instructor she has taught at University of California Extension, Berkeley for 15 years, in addition to serving as guest lecturer at the University of New Mexico, and instructor at Hayward State University, and Chabot College.

Her extensive experience with museum education includes work with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where she developed an early childhood program, the Mexican Museum where she served as Director of Education and the Oakland Museum. From 1998 to 2002 she was Director of Education at El Museo del Barrio in New York developing programing for 15,000 school aged children. Before going to New York she served as Director of the Children’s Museum of Stockton, and after returning she was Director of the Museum of Craft & Folk Art in San Francisco. In 2003 in Mexico City, she presented a workshop at Museo Nacional de Arte. The following year the Museo Nacional de Antropologia invited her to present to the education staff. She continues to work developing programing in Mexico and the United States. She has published articles reviewing art, education and anthropology.

Professional recognition includes the Getty Museum Management Institute, the New York State Council for the Arts Advisory Panel, the Service Distinction Award Berkeley Child Art Studio, Syvenna Foundation Writer’s Residency and Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation Grant for Poetry.

Miriam is available to present workshops and lectures. Drawing largely from her collection of 4,000 slides she has spoken at different museums and universities on artistic and perceptual development, including subjects of “Culture and Identity in Children’s Drawings”, “Gender in Early Child Art”, “Gifted Child Artists” and “A Forest of Animals”.


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