Miriam Schapiro (Nov. 15, 1923 – June 20, 2015) was a Canadian-born artist based in America. A painter, sculptor and printmaker, she was a pioneer of feminist art and a leader of the Pattern and Decoration art movement. Schapiro studied at the State University of Iowa, where she met the artist Paul Brach, whom she married in 1946. Schapiro not only honored the craft tradition in women's art, but also paid homage to women artists of the past. She established the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia with Judy Chicago. The program set out to address the problems in the arts from an institutional position. She died on June 20, 2015 in Hampton Bays, New York, aged 91.