Born in North Carolina, Roberts lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She has exhibited widely in New York City and throughout the US. Residencies include Yaddo, Ucross, Ragdale, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Monson Arts, and the Marble House Project. Roberts has an MFA from Queens College and a BA from Yale, and attended Skowhegan and the New York Studio School. She is Professor Emerita at Pratt Institute, where she taught for 35 years. She is represented by Minus Space in Brooklyn.