Certified in fine arts, Cooper Union School Art and Architecture, 1950.
She was a 1981 Guggenheim Fellow. She taught at University of Chicago, from 1969 to 1995. In 1987, she showed at the Renaissance Society.
She was 2003 visiting artist, at Goshen College, and 2007 artist in residence at Indiana State University. Her work is in the collection of Illinois. She lives in Chicago.
Daughter of Klement and Rose (Rakovchik) Shapiro. Divorced; 1 son, Max Klement Shapey.