Ida Proper, the daughter of a Baptist minister, was born in Bonaparte, Iowa in 1873.
After raising funds by working in a library in Seattle, she moved to New York where he attended the Arts Students League. Proper's work rated highly by her tutors and she was awarded a fellowship to study in Munich.
In 1912 she joined with Malvina Hoffman to open their own art gallery. Proper also became art editor of the journal Women Voter and was a member of New York Woman Suffrage Association.
Ida Proper died in 1957.