Painter, printmaker and conceptualist performance and video artist, Ida Applebroog was born in 1929 in the Bronx, NY. From 1948 to 1959 she attended the New York Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. She also studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1965 to 1968. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the Parsons School of Design in 1997.
In 1980 and 1985 Applebroog was awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 1986 and 1990, from the New York Foundation on the Arts. In 1990 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 1997, she received a MacArthur Foundation Award.
Applebroog has participated in a number of group exhibitions including those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana, the Los Angeles Museum of Art in California and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. In 1991- 1992, she held the Milton Avery Professorship at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in New York.
In 1993 Applebroog illustrated a version of “Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, published by Arion Press. She paid homage to the earlier illustrations of the classic book, making familiar depictions of Scrooge, the ghosts and Tiny Tim into new works of art in her own style. The drawings were printed from photopolymer plates in brown and yellow inks and they were numbered and signed by the artist. An additional suite of eighteen hand-colored prints by Applebroog was issued with the book, which forms a tableau when the mounted prints are stood up on their folding stands. Applebroog self- published a number of books in 1977, 1979 and 1981, including, "Galileo Works", "Dyspepsia Works" and "Blue Books", respectively.