Hibben grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received training at the Pratt Institute in New York City as a child. Helene Hibben was a student under William Forsyth, and later studied at the Chicago Art Institute under Lorado Taft and the Art Students League of New York, where she studied under James Earl Fraser.
Helene Hibben was a participant in the Indianapolis City Hospital Project, and produced the large, bronze dedication plaque for the new Burdsal Units built in 1914. The plaque measures three by eight feet, and it can still be found on the campus of Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital. Hibben spent a large portion of her career outside of the City Hospital Project teaching at the John Herron Art Institute and in her own school in Irvington.
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- Flick, Don. "Helene Hibben: Sculptor and Educator" (PDF). irvingtonhistorical.org. Retrieved August 4, 2015.