Bebe Beard earned her BFA in 1976, her MFA from Mass College of Art's Studio for Interrelated Media in 1996. In recent years she has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, St Botolph's Club Art Foundation and the Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Assistance; held residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, MacDowell Colony and the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY. She has exhibited in a wide variety of venues – alternative spaces, galleries, and theaters nationally and internationally.

In a prior lifetime Beard was a window display designer for Sharfmans's Jewelers, a jewelry and tabletop ware retailer and AIGA member store in Worcester, Massachusetts.