Born in San Francisco, California, Miriam Hitchcock grew up on the peninsula. Completing a BFA at University of California at Santa Cruz, and an MFA in Painting, from Yale University, Miriam went on to teach painting, drawing and design at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and Cornell University. Miriam instructed studio courses in Rome, Italy through Cornell University, and The American University in Rome. As Art studio faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1992 to 2012, she taught Painting and Drawing at all levels. Miriam now works full time in her studio in Santa Cruz, California.