Loretta Bebeau was born in Richardton, ND and grew up in Glen Ullin, ND. She earned an undergraduate degree at N.D.S.U., Fargo in 1970 and moved to Minneapolis, MN where she worked as a business forms designer, married (two children) then began teaching watercolor at Minnetonka Art Center in 1977. This is when she officially began her exhibition career.
Ms. Bebeau has exhibited in local, regional, and national exhibits. Her degree was augmented with a residency at University of Notre Dame 1978 (Alice Neel, Lenore Tawney, Janet Fish). She trained at the Walker Art Center Tour Guide program in 1980 (Martin Friedman), and in 1988 was chosen to receive Leadership in Arts Education training at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She graduated from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, earning a M.A. in 1998.
She participated in a residency at Vermont Studio Center in 2007 (Leonardo Drew, Heide Fasnacht, Cora Cohen). In 2010 four of her works were selected for Revealing Culture, a curated exhibit of 55 artists held at the Smithsonian Institution’s International Gallery.
Loretta Bebeau has served as board president for two non-profit artist organizations (Studios@700, and Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association), served as juror for the Uptown Art Fair, and panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board. She mentored in the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota program, received a Career Development grant from VSAMN, and an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board in 2011.
She has taught drawing and painting at Compleat Scholar, Minnetonka Center for Arts, Minneapolis Community Education, Anoka Ramsey Community College, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, and taught Concepts in Visual Art as Adjunct Professor for the University of Minnesota. She remains available for lectures and critiques. Loretta Bebeau lives in Northeast Minneapolis, and keeps a studio in the Northrup King Building.