Irene Lipton received her MFA in painting from Hunter College in NYC. Early in her career, Lipton was chosen by Charlotta Kotik to be in two museum shows, Working in Brooklyn/Painting at the Brooklyn Museum in 1987, and On the Cutting Edge at the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, NY in 1989. She received two consecutive Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center, from 1988–1990, and later served on the Visual Committee for several years. In 1997, Lipton moved full-time to Provincetown and then to North Truro, where she built a studio and works today. In 2005, she was one of the founding members of artSTRAND gallery, having seven years of solo shows and numerous group exhibitions there, as well as on the Cape and in Boston. Lipton had a mid-career show in 2007 at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Her work has been written about in the Boston Globe, Art New England, and Provincetown Arts magazine.