Miriam Hitchcock was born in San Francisco and grew up on the peninsula. She completed a BFA at University of California at Santa Cruz and received an MFA in Painting from Yale University. Miriam taught painting, drawing and design at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and Cornell University. She led studio courses in Rome, Italy through the Cornell University Dept. of Art and Architecture, and later with The American University in Rome, in conjunction with U.C.S.C. Returning to live in Santa Cruz in 1990, she taught studio courses at Stanford University and San Jose State University, and was a member of the Art faculty at University of California Santa Cruz from 1992 to 2012.
Working in painting, drawing and animation, her imagery and working process are informed by the displacement and fragmentation characteristic of contemporary life, and a fascination with the experience of time. Reference to suburban life and the habitat we construct against a diminishing wilderness permeate her most recent work.