Bachelor, Metropolitan State University, 1976. Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Hamline University, 1986. Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities, LaSalle University, 1995.
Member Orson Welles' staff, Hollywood, California, 1945-1946. Owner Hilde-Gardes Company, Los Angeles, 1952—1956. Instructor art North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, 1975-1981.
Instructor continuing education for women University Minnesota, 1980. Producer, host television program Accent on Art, St. Paul, since 1979. Instructor art Lakewood Community College, 1979, University Minnesota, Bloomington (Minnesota) School District, 1980-2004, Minneapolis School District, St. Paul School District, 1981-2002, 03-04.
Guest artist Montserrat Gallery, Soho, New York City, 1999. Appeared as guest artist Washburn Crosby Company -television, 1998. Speaker on television, American Pen Women Spirituality and Creativity in Art, 2003.
Active Minnesota Orchestra (WAMSO), Minneapolis, since 1972, volunteer. Qem. American Society of Composers (award 1997-2003, award for popular music, 2003-2004), American Association of University Women (director arts committee 1989-1990, board directors 1990-1992), American Pen Women (Minnesota chapter since 1994, vice president 1998), International Biographical Association (deputy director Cambridge, England 2001, participate art and communications congress, 2001), American Composers Forum, Minnesota Artists Association, Minnesota Territorial Pioneers (board directors since 1995, vice president 1997-1999, 1st vice president 1999-2003, elected Minnesotan of Year, 1999-2002, elected 1st vice president 2003-2004), International Alliance for Women in Music, St. Paul Neighborhood Network (elected board directors television station SPNN, 2002), New York Neighborhood Network, International Platform Speakers (award 1998), Minneapolis Telecommunications Network, Metro Cable Network, Adelphi Cable, Manhattan Cable, Duluth-Superior Cable, Non-Destructive Testing, Eagan.
Married District of Columbia Matteson, 1956 (deceased 1976). Children: Kemmer, Gretchen.