Miriam Schapiro is born in Toronto and grows up in Brooklyn, New York.
While in school, Miriam Schapiro meets artist Paul Brach. They marry in 1946.
Miriam Schapiro and her family move to California after her husband Paul Brach is offered a job as chair of a new art department at the University of California, San Diego. Schapiro is offered a position as lecturer. While at the university, Schapiro meets physicist David Nabilof, with whom she collaborates on computer-aided sketches for her paintings, including the Computer Series.
June Wayne invites a group of women to meet in her studio to discuss the hurdles they face and learn practical ways of navigating the business side of the art world. She titles this series of meetings “Business and Professional Problems of Women Artists,” but the class soon renames it “Joan of Art.” Wayne offered these classes for free, and only asks that the women teach their own seminar in return. Under Wayne’s aegis, Miriam Schapiro participates in this series of seminars.
Miriam Schapiro helps form the West-East Bag, a network and support system for women artists.
Miriam Schapiro participates in the historic Womanhouse installation with Judy Chicago and 21 other women artists, many of whom are students at the Feminist Art Program. For her contribution, Schapiro and her assistant create The Dollhouse using old liquor crates to create a six-room house featuring a parlor, a kitchen, a movie star’s bedroom, a harem room, a nursery, and an artist’s studio with a male model made of stuffed fabric and a miniature version of Sixteen Windows on an easel.