Student, University Iowa, Iowa City, 1940—1941. Student, University Missouri, Columbus, 1945. Student, University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1951—1952.
Member panel of selection Minnesota Artists Program Minneapolis The Art Institute of Chicago, 1976-1978. Member of advisory panel Minnesota State Arts Board, St. Paul, 1978-1981. Juror anniversary exhibition Minnesota Artists Minneapolis The Art Institute of Chicago, 1985.
Member National Book Critics Circuit.
Married Allen Downs, December 26, 1939 (divorced 1960). Children: Gareth, Allison, Barbara Hodne, Amy. Married Daniel Norman Wiener, December 9, 1971.